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MESSAGE FROM THE DEAN 
 



Dr. Linda Schlichting, Dean

Welcome to the School of Humanities and Social Sciences. We are the "heart" of your education, since we offer many foundation courses and majors that enhance your overall education, and your growth as an individual. Students are our first priority, and it is our goal for you to have an excellent and rewarding educational experience at Virginia Union University.

Graduates from the School of Humanities and Social Sciences may receive a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English, Mass Communications, Criminology/ Criminal Justice, Political Science/Public Administration, and Religious Studies. The Social Work program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education. Students graduating from this program receive a Bachelor in Social Work (BSW). We work in cooperation with the Evelyn Reid Syphax School of Education, Psychology, and Interdisciplinary Studies for students who want to teach English and History/Social Studies in secondary schools.

The faculty in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences teach many of the core courses that help to provide you with a well-rounded education. These include English, History, Foreign Languages, Speech and Drama, Fine Arts, Literature, Religion, Sociology and Political Science.

While a student at Virginia Union University, you may participate in a number of civic engagement and University activities related to your major. Some of these include the Political Science Club, the Model United Nations, the Pre-Law Society, the Social Work Club, the Christian Club, and the Spanish Club.

Social work majors will have an opportunity to gain valuable work-related field instruction through participation in the senior practicum during their senior year. Political science/public administration majors may participate in civic engagement activities such as tutoring in the public schools, volunteering for non-profit organizations that serve low-income and at-risk children, participating in the legislative Black Caucus, and in voter registration. Mass communication majors have a variety of internships with television stations, the newspaper, and magazines.

Graduates from the departments in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences are prepared for a wide range of careers. Career opportunities include social work, teaching, the ministry, working with the media, activist/community organizing, policy development and analysis, state, federal, and local governments, law, business, international organizations, campaign management and polling, journalism, and electoral politics.

Please stop by my office to discuss opportunities that await you in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences. I can direct you to department chairs and faculty of departments that interest you. Again, welcome! We in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences wish the best for you in your studies at Virginia Union University. Let us help you achieve your goals.

Dr. Linda Schlichting, Dean
School of Humanities & Social Sciences.