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!Sincerely,
    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. 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