College of Humanities & Social Sciences (CHSS)
Drury University's College of Humanities and Social Sciences (CHSS) provides a wide range of academic programs focusing on the nature of the human. In the fine and performing arts (Music, Theater, Art and Art History) students cultivate artistic capacity and understanding; in the social sciences (Psychology, Sociology, Criminology, and Political Science and International Affairs) students investigate the richness of people’s individual, social, and political lives, and in the humanities (History, Philosophy, Religion, Literature, Spanish, French, and Communication) students engage with a vibrant and complex human world of powerful ideas, diverse cultures, and events.
On the main Drury campus, CHSS is housed in five buildings: Burnham Hall (housing History, Philosophy, and Religion, and Political Science and International Affairs) Pearsons Hall (housing majors in Behavioral Sciences and Languages and Literature); O'Bannon Hall (housing Music), Pool Art Center (housing Art and Art History), and Shewmaker Hall (housing Communication). As a whole, the college collectively offers 26 degree options, and we are home to nearly 400 declared majors and 61 faculty.
In addition to a focusing on a declared area of study, students in CHSS are expected to develop sharp critical thinking skills, develop the courage to take intellectual risks, and cultivate open-mindedness and creativity.