School of Humanities & Social Sciences

Programs in the arts, humanities and social sciences prepare students for success by challenging them to synthesize complex topics, explore provocative ideas and consider the critical questions of our time.

The School of Humanities & Social Sciences’ eight academic departments—with undergraduate disciplines ranging from graphic design and history to sociology, international affairs and a number of unique interdisciplinary programs—offer a diverse range of scholarship complemented by hands-on, real-world experience and a global perspective.

In both teaching and research, faculty in the School address timeless questions about the human condition and promote new ways of thinking on current pressing social issues. Inspired by the mission, charism, and spirit of inquiry of the Sisters of Notre Dame, students engage in intellectual debate, robust communication, skillful collaboration, and creative activity. These skills enable our graduates to translate their talents and training into meaningful work that benefits their communities and the wider world.

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Jake Hill '20: Seeing Citizenship with a Capitol C

Growing up in a suburban town outside of Boston, going to college in the city had always been a goal for Jake. After touring Emmanuel's campus he felt it had the perfect mixture of “small campus feel and big city appeal.”

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Melissa Duffy '20: Artist and Appreciator

When Melissa started at Emmanuel, she chose what she believed to be two separate and distinct majors—studio art and history—to fulfill her both her personal and professional interests.

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Featured Faculty: Petros Vamvakas

Petros Vamvakas is an Associate Professor of Political Science and Chair of the Latin American Studies, Middle East Studies and Peace Studies Programs. His work focuses on security and democratization, as well as issues related to identity and race in politics throughout the Americas. As part of his teaching, he has escorted groups of students to Crete, Greece, and will be bringing a group of students to Cuba.

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Saints Spotlight: Ashlee Jeannot '17

While a student, Ashlee Jeannot '17 founded the S.T.A.R.T. program for first years students--a model she took with her after graduation to provide diversity and inclusion training beyond the college campus.

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Saints Spotlight: Shennah Derstine '17

Shennah didn't have to go far to find the right internship opportunity--the graphic design minor reported to Emmanuel's on-campus Marketing & Communications department, where she worked on a range of graphic design projects to promote College events and programs. 

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A Commitment to Service: Justin Prairie '05

Although half a world away in Pakistan, Justin Prairie '05 is never far from Emmanuel and Boston. A foreign service officer with the U.S. State Department, Justin currently works on political and military affairs at the U.S. Embassy in Islamabad, Pakistan.

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