School of Humanities and Sciences

Learn to think deeply and consider the most pressing issues of our time in the School of Humanities and Sciences—known across campus as H&S. Develop critical thinking skills within and beyond your major that you can transfer into any profession. Master the ability to write, communicate, and collaborate effectively. With opportunities to grow as a person and a professional, H&S will help you discover a lifelong love of learning.

Faculty Collaboration 

With our undergraduate focus and close connections between faculty and students, H&S provides many opportunities to conduct intriguing, graduate-level work as an undergraduate. Work closely with faculty on research, present your findings at conferences, and publish papers in academic journals.  The annual James J. Whalen Academic Symposium gives you the chance to share your findings with the IC community. 

Creative and Scientific Spaces 

Learn by doing in spaces dedicated to scientific discovery, creative exploration, and critical analysis. Whether you want to design virtual reality landscapes, research the social and psychological messages embedded in popular television shows, study anxiety and genetics in zebrafish, explore the historical significance of female pirates, or stage a full theatrical production, you’ll never run out of questions to answer and passions to pursue.  

Paid Summer Research Opportunities 

Extend your learning through the summer months with a paid position to carry out a full-time project with a faculty mentor. In the Summer Scholars Program, you can take ownership of your own academic exploration and delve into the challenging and rewarding world of research, scholarship, and creative inquiry. This is a world where the excitement of the "a-ha!" moment makes the work worthwhile. 

Hands-On Learning Opportunities 

Internships, fieldwork, and conference opportunities will challenge you to apply the skills learned in your classes to situations that don’t always have predictable outcomes. You'll work closely with faculty, engage with diverse audiences, and reflect on the personal and professional meaning of these experiences.