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School of Humanities & Social Sciences

Message From The Dean

On behalf of the faculty and staff, I am pleased that you are visiting the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at Virginia Union University. Please rest assured that our academic programs have been designed by men and women who are experts in their various academic fields. The overall intention of our entire curriculum is to provide the students with contemporary learning experiences that will enhance their opportunity to function and serve in an ever changing and challenging global environment. We continue to seek new ways of improving our pedagogy and other learning strategies and we are convinced that you will appreciate our efforts here at Virginia Union University.

The School of Humanities and Social Sciences is the largest academic unit at the university. It consists of seven academic departments including, Social Work, Religious Studies, Mass Communications, Languages and Literature, History and Political Science, Fine Arts andCriminal Justice. Graduates from the School of Humanities and Social Sciences may receive the Baccalaureate of Arts Degree in any of these academic departments. We also offer minors in many related areas. Our Social Work program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education and students graduating from this program receive a Baccalaureate degree in Social Work (BSW). The school of Humanities and Social Sciences collaborates with theEvelyn Reid Syphax School of Education, Psychology, and Interdisciplinary Studies to offer additional academic preparation for students desirous of teaching English and History/Social Studies in secondary schools.

As you navigate the curriculum at Virginia Union University, we hope that you would also find time to participate in the many civic organizations on campus. We encourage you to become a well-rounded student. Therefore, consider such academic organizations as the Political Science Club, the Model United Nations, the Pre-Law Society, the Social Work Club, the Christian Club, and the Spanish Club and others depending on your area of study. Social work majors will have the 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.

Because of the breadth of our academic offerings, your career options are limitless. Your academic advisers will be able to guide you as you begin to make career choices. Many of our graduates currently serve as social workers, media personnel, policy developers and analyst, local, state and federal law makers, lawyers , musicians, Church leaders and some have even entered medical school to name a few. You will have the opportunity to study with others from many foreign countries with different cultural experiences. We consider such opportunity as exciting and enriching.

Please do not hesitate to stop by the dean’s office if you need to have answers to any questions regarding your studies at Virginia Union University. We wish you much success in your pursuit of academic excellence.

Michael E. Orok, Ph.D.,  Dean
School of Humanities & Social Sciences


The School of Humanities and Social Sciences provides students with a broad liberal arts education, an environment for personal growth, and strong preparation in the chosen major. This combination prepares students to pursue graduate studies and to become highly competitive professionals and leaders in their communities. Our curriculum integrates understanding and celebration of African American heritage while responding to the needs of the global 21st century society.


The major goals of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences are to:

1.) Provide students experiences that enable them to face the opportunities and challenges of today’s changing world. 

2.) Prepare students to apply critical thinking skills in the classroom so they will be prepared to think, act, and relate to others in the larger contexts of the community, the Nation, and the world. 

3.) Provide excellence in teaching and programming through a continuous improvement process that focuses on providing the best educational experiences for our students.

4.) Help students to explore future goals and opportunities for employment, careers, continued education, and graduate school.

Majors & Minors



  • English
  • Fine Arts
  • French
  • History
  • Music
  • Political Science
  • Religious Studies
  • Sociology
  • Spanish


Scholarships are available in Languages and Literature from the Kennedy Foundation for the Arts, and in Political Science from the Julian Bond Foundation. Please see your academic advisor for specific requirements to apply for these scholarships.