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Humanities, Social Sciences, and the Arts

We help students become creative, sophisticated thinkers, active citizens, and effective leaders in the global community. In doing so, we provide learning experiences that, in addition to their intrinsic value, enrich a scientific and technical education.

Broaden your horizon

The humanities and the social sciences give you the tools to think critically and creatively about culture and society. The humanities include disciplines such as art and music, languages and literature, communication, history, religion, and philosophy. The social sciences include disciplines such as anthropology, economics, geography, political science, psychology, and sociology. 

We offer a major in economics and a second major in international studies.

By delving into the humanities and social sciences, you'll have a better view of the world around you as you better understand global, social, and ethical contexts and traditions.

Check out this cool HSSA class project:

From our grads:

“In my job right now, I communicate with people on a daily basis, and I have to explain very complicated ideas to people who sometimes don't have technical backgrounds at all.” - Adam Esch, Computer Engineering, Minor in Language & Literature, 2012

“The humanities and social sciences are all about critical thinking; they’re about looking at things from an analytical perspective. Having a background in economics gives you the global view of how things work on a grand scale.” - Caleb Eiler, Economics and Applied Mathematics, 2013
“My double major in math and economics from Rose-Hulman gave me the perfect balance of technical knowledge and critical thinking skills necessary to perform my job.” - Nicole Burton, Mathematics and Economics, 2011

Majors, Minors & Certificates

Economics Professor Kevin Christ meeting with two students in his office explaining an economics concept.

Bachelor of Science in Economics

Studying economics at Rose-Hulman gives you the opportunity to gain valuable analytic and business skills that can enhance your career potential. Our highly mathematical approach to economics distinguishes our economics degree from other schools.
Rose-Hulman study abroad group posing outside the coliseum in Rome.

International Studies

The International Studies second major will add a global dimension to your engineering, science, or math degree. In an increasingly international marketplace, International Studies enriches your perspective, making you a more valued member of any organization.

Humanities, Social Sciences, and the Arts Minors

We offer a wide variety of great minors to supplement your STEM degree.
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Students play ethnic drums.

East Asian Studies

Economics Professor Kevin Christ meeting with two students in his office explaining an economics concept.


Map showing European countries.

European Studies

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Photo of Turkish castle ruins visited by a student group.


Dr. Williams teaching a class.

Language and Literature

Dr. Garcia teaching a class.

Latin American Studies

Dr. Gardner teaching Spanish class.

Modern Languages -- German, Japanese, Spanish

Female student playing a cello.


Graphical representation of labyrinth leading to human skull.


Male students participate in mock presidential debate.

Political Science

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Religious Studies

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Department News

Learn about the latest happenings, recent research, and more in Humanities and Social Sciences at Rose-Hulman.
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Images of Julia Williams, Sriram Mohan and Eva Andrijcic participating in a MACH conference.

Rose-Hulman Partnering to Lead NSF-Sponsored Initiative to Improve Engineering Education

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Photo montage showing four students working on their art, 3-D printing projects.

Students Get Creative to Mix Old, New Printmaking Technology

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Students Honored for Academic Achievements

Rich House

Richard House

Dr. Rich House, head of the Department of Humanities, Social Sciences, and the Arts, teaches English, with expertise in the areas of contemporary American literature, literary theory, and communication for engineers and scientists. He co-wrote The Engineering Communication Manual to help engineering students develop their technical communication skills and is one of the founders of Rose-Hulman's Home for Environmentally Responsible Engineering (HERE) program, a living-learning community for first-year students interested in sustainability and humanitarian engineering.
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Contact Us

Department of Humanities, Social Sciences, and the Arts
5500 Wabash Avenue
Terre Haute, IN 47803
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