College of Humanities and Social Sciences - Shorter University

College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Shorter University was founded in 1873 as a liberal arts institution, and the College of Humanities and Social Sciences takes that vision to heart. The General Education core is housed primarily in our college, as we help prepare students for the rigor of their chosen majors. In addition, the College of Humanities and Social Sciences is home to numerous different degrees with diverse majors.



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The College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Welcome to the College of Humanities and Social Sciences (CHSS). Our mission is to develop in students the ability to discover, create, evaluate, apply, and share knowledge. The College of Humanities and Social Sciences accomplishes its mission through academically rigorous and relevant programs of study designed to promote academic excellence, spiritual growth, Christian leadership, and global service within the context of a biblical worldview.

CHSS is a diverse and dynamic college that focuses on a wide range of disciplines related to the study of human society, culture, behavior, faith, and thought. Our programs encompass numerous fields, including but not limited to:

1. Humanities:

  • Christian Studies: A study of the Bible as a personal, spiritual, and academic practice to understand its teachings and relevance for today.
  • Communication: A study of communication theory, digital production, interpersonal communication in various contexts using a variety of media.
  • Literature: The study of English, Spanish, and French written and oral works, including novels, poetry, drama, and more.
  • History: Investigation of past events, societies, and cultures to understand the development of human civilization.
  • Languages: The study of modern and biblical languages, their structures, and their cultural contexts.2. Social Sciences:
  • Criminal Justice: Study of theories, laws, policies, and practices associated with understanding human behavior, the law, and responses to violations of the law.
  • Human Services: An interdisciplinary field of studies devoted to meeting human needs through applied knowledge and skills to improve the overall quality of life.
  • Political Science: Exploration of government, political systems, and the behavior of political actors.
  • Psychology: The scientific study of behavior, thoughts, and emotions.
  • Sociology: Examination of human societies, their structures, institutions, and social behaviors.The College of Humanities and Social Sciences serves a crucial role at Shorter University by providing students with a well-rounded education that emphasizes a Christian worldview, critical thinking, communication skills, and a deep understanding of human behavior and society. Students in CHSS programs often engage in research, analysis, and discussions that promote a deeper appreciation of the human experience and help them develop skills relevant to various careers.Faculty members in CHSS teach in their respective fields, contributing to the advancement of knowledge while equipping students with skills to address a variety of societal issues. They are accessible which makes it easier to reach them whenever you have questions. Moreover, CHSS programs can prepare students for a wide range of careers, including teaching, research, public relations, social services, digital and print communication, law, ministry, and more. The value of our programs is demonstrated in the success of our graduates. Many of our graduates findemployment in their respective fields and earn admission to graduate programs at universities in Georgia, Alabama, Louisiana, Texas, South Carolina, among others.In summary, the College of Humanities and Social Sciences plays a vital role in shaping the intellectual, spiritual, and social development of students, advancing knowledge, and addressing the complex challenges facing societies around the world. It provides a foundation for individuals to understand, navigate, and contribute to the ever-changing dynamics of our interconnected world.We invite you to visit our campus. You can arrange a meeting with our admission counselors, meet with our faculty, or shadow a student for a day. Apply today by clicking on the link. We look forward to meeting you!

    Earl Kellett, Ph.D.
    Dean, College of Humanities and Social Sciences Shorter University

  • Meet Our Faculty

    Dr. Earl Kellett
    Dean, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, Director of Institutional Effectiveness and Research, Professor of Christian Studies, and SACSCOC Liaison
    Dr. Dustin Addison
    Chair, Department of Social Sciences and Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice
    Dr. Brent Baskin
    Chair, Department of Christian Studies and Professor of Christian Studies - Youth Ministry
    Dr. William Mullen
    Chair of Communication Studies and Professor of Communication Studies
    Dr. Angela C. O’Neal
    Chair, Department of English, Modern Language, & Liberal Arts, Professor of English
    Dr. Donald Dowless
    President, Professor of Christian Studies
    Mrs. Melissa Baskin
    Assistant Professor of Communication Studies
    Mrs. Katherine Dudley Blair
    Associate Professor of Communication Studies
    Dr. Charles Carter
    Tenured Associate Professor of History
    Dr. Rick Crawford
    Tenured Associate Professor of Political Science
    Dr. Randy Douglass
    Associate Professor of Christian Studies
    Dr. Jill Goad
    Associate Professor of English
    Dr. Alan Hix
    Professor of Christian Studies
    Dr. Donald (Skip) L. Martin, Jr.
    Professor of Christian Studies
    Dr. Terry Morris
    Tenured Professor of History and Political Science
    Dr. Justin Pettegrew
    Professor of History
    Dr. Luciana Philyaw
    Assistant Professor of Human Services
    Dr. Julie Pond
    Associate Professor of English, Director of Honors Program
    Dr. Fabrice Poussin
    Professor of French, Chimes Sponsor
    Mrs. Andrea Davis Stiles, EdM
    Assistant Professor of Psychology
    Dr. Zack Strait
    Assistant Professor of English, The Chimes Advisor
    Dr. Christine Szostak
    Assistant Professor of Psychology
    Ms. Mary Corbin
    Assistant to the Dean, College of Humanities and Social Sciences
    Jonathan E. Sullivan
    Assistant Professor of Human Services