Division of Social Science and Humanities

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Dr. Bernadette Bruster, Interim Dean of Social Sciences & Humanities


The Division of Social Sciences and Humanities resulted from the separation of social sciences and humanities from the Division of Arts and Sciences in 2009 under the leadership of Dr. Haywood L. Strickland, President and CEO of Wiley College. The division is administratively made up of two academic areas: Social Sciences and Humanities.

The Division of Social Sciences and Humanities offers the Associate of Arts degree in Criminal Justice, Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice, English, History, Mass Communications, Religion, Sociology, and Spanish. Students are encouraged to follow the curriculum guides included in the Catalog for each major.


The mission of the Division of Social Sciences and Humanities is to assist students in acquiring proficiency in listening, critical thinking, speaking, reading and writing while cultivating an appreciation for various cultures and cultural differences and becoming competent in a chosen major in one or more of the disciplines offered within this division.


The goals of the Division of Social Sciences and Humanities are to:

  • align its offerings with the overall goals of the College to effect the intellectual, moral, and physical development of students;
  • assist students to develop essential skills for effective communication and expressions that include sound, critical, analytical reasoning, and problem-solving skills;
  • provide the appropriate opportunities for learning and experience for students to become competent in the knowledge and competencies expected from a college graduate in their specific major field of study;
  • equip students with the appropriate academic prerequisites for admission to graduate and/or professional schools;
  • promote a spirit of service and responsibility among students to their community and the broader society in which they live;
  • help students acquire, understand, and develop a global perspective that appreciates the value of different cultures and languages including their own.