With more than 3,000 students and 150 faculty members, the College of Humanities and Social Sciences is the largest of UAEU's nine colleges. It builds on a rich academic tradition, commitment to heritage and innovation, and a dedication to serve the community and the nation. In alignment with the overall vision to evolve into a University of the Future, the College is currently embarking on a fresh and exciting journey, as the recently restructured Academic Departments offer interdisciplinary Academic Programs that combine synthesized knowledge contents and improved professional skills. The College comprises eight multidisciplinary Academic Departments:
Department of Arabic Language and Literature
Department of Languages and Literature
Department of Geography and Urban Sustainability
Department of Cognitive Sciences
Department of Government and Society
Department of Social Wellbeing
Department of Media and Creative Industries
Department of Tourism and Heritage Studies
These Departments offer a wide range of undergraduate academic programs and a growing number of MA and PhD programs. For detailed information on these, visit the graduate offerings.
The humanities and social sciences make an important contribution to a range of contemporary research questions and problems. Most current social, cultural and economic questions necessitate cross-disciplinary understanding. Emerging fields such as life sciences or the cognitive sciences, in particular, benefit from insights and methodological approaches from the humanities and social sciences. This means that even the most complex problems can be addressed more effectively. Every aspect of our lives can be illuminated, placed in context and better understood thanks to insights provided by the humanities and the social sciences.
At the United Arab Emirates University, the College of Humanities and Social Sciences (CHSS), offers exciting and varied opportunities and produces graduates who can make a contribution to their local communities and wider society. This is possible because our degree programs hone analytical, critical thinking and creative skills. Students also improve their oral and written communication. That said, the learning goes much deeper. Our students develop a global perspective by studying other cultures. They deepen their understanding and appreciation of other cultures and points of view. They seek to clarify their values and ethical beliefs by comparing and contrasting with others. Students are also afforded opportunities to test what they learn in real-world contexts via hands-on, practical experiences such as internships. These internships help students in the transition to their chosen career.
The CHSS has an outstanding international faculty committed to educating students to the highest standards. They contribute to the generation of knowledge on a global scale and have an influence well beyond the university. Our faculty are also student-centered and enjoy their roles as teachers and mentors, providing both informed instruction and personal guidance to students.
Our college provides a world-class, liberal arts education and we are pleased to offer you the chance to be part of it.
Please visit our website to explore further opportunities for study.
Prof. Hassan Alnaboodah,
Dean, College of Humanities and Social Sciences
Vision and Mission
Vision is to be an internationally recognized College, providing high-quality academic programs and innovative research in a vibrant campus environment that prepares graduates through an interdisciplinary and bilingual liberal education to become independent, resourceful, and enterprising citizens; well-prepared professionals; leaders in government, business, civil society, and family life; and shapers of the future of the United Arab Emirates.
To achieve excellence in undergraduate and graduate education, research and services to the nation and beyond. Through a student-centred educational experience, the University develops the intellectual, practical, creative and leadership abilities of the nation's men and women while enhancing cultural, social and economic growth.
The College of Humanities and Social Sciences acknowledges the value of international accreditation as a means of ensuring due recognition of the quality teaching and research that is carried out in the CHSS programs. A College Accreditation Committee has been set up in order to assist efforts of individual Departments to get their programs accredited, as well as to explore possibilities for institutional accreditation of the CHSS as a whole.
All CHSS programs are currently recognized by the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research.
Students in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences can avail of a range of outstanding facilities and cutting-edge laboratories (in the fields of IT, arts, film studies and TV, languages, applied linguistics, translation studies, experimental psychology, cognitive psychology, behavioral neuroscience, and geoinformatics).
The College of Humanities and Social Sciences continuously collaborates with top universities and reputable institutions in the UAE and worldwide to work closely and sign agreements that facilitate collaboration in areas of scientific research; exchange of faculty, students, and data; organizing seminars, conferences, field trips and internships, and offering consultations, in addition to other areas of interest. Some of our partners include
- Department of Community Development
- Federal Competitiveness and Statistics Authority
- Louvre Abu Dhabi
- Abu Dhabi Music & Arts Foundation (ADMAF)
- Paris-Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi
- University of Geneva, Switzerland
- Korea Foundation
- Tsinghua University, China
- Beijing Normal University School of Journalism and Communication, China
- Case Western Reserve University, USA
The College of Humanities and Social Sciences (CHSS) is actively engaged in providing valuable contributions to the UAE community. Faculty members within the College extend their academic expertise to professional partners in both public and private sectors.
Outreach activities to the UAE community include providing specialized consultations, administering thematic workshops, delivering disciplinary lectures, and membership in a large number of committees and taskforces within federal and local institutions. In addition, the CHSS provides assistance to governmental agencies in upgrading the skills of their employees through effective training sessions.
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