I am pleased to welcome you to our Division of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences, HASS.
Our talented and award-winning faculty is eager to work with you and make a difference in your education by sharing their knowledge and expertise in innovative ways: offering interdisciplinary and intellectually stimulating courses, conducting original research opportunities, and serving the needs of our community.
We offer general education courses and baccalaureate degree programs designed to give you analytical, communicative and creative skills. As a student in our HASS Division, you will have the opportunity to examine issues of local and global importance, present information effectively in a variety of formats, and critically evaluate problems.
Our diverse HASS Division is an inspiring point of departure, where you will be able to learn about history and culture, practice modern languages, study abroad, edit and publish in our Berks Beat or Shadows of Birds. Here you can direct, design, produce or act in our annual theatre productions, sing in the choir or gain experience working in our Art Gallery. You can tutor in the Writing Center, participate in undergraduate research, or be a student fellow in our Center for Service Learning and Community-Based Research. You will be supervised by experienced professionals of Education in urban settings, and can join our Penn State Educational Partnership Program (PEPP). You can explore women’s studies, collaborate in sustainable projects, discern the challenges of the criminal justice system, and be equipped to work in the fields of psychology and human services.
Through rigorous courses taken in class, online or in a hybrid format, you will be prepared to further your education in graduate programs. By participating in the carefully selected internships required by our majors, you will experience the real-world applications that are necessary to interact, lead and succeed. As a result of engaging in the study and exploration of the humanities, arts, and social sciences, you will have the tools to creatively reflect and act as an informed and effective citizen.
Belén Rodríguez Mourelo, Ph.D.
HASS Division Head