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The Dean's Corner

Greetings from the Dean

Welcome to the School of Humanities and Social Sciences. I am excited that you’re here! 

At Drury University, the School of Humanities and Social Sciences (SHSS) is the cornerstone of our liberal arts curriculum and enriches every student and discipline on campus. Our undergraduate programs provide students with a solid liberal arts foundation, extensive study within their discipline, opportunities for global travel, as well as engaging and transformative learning environments. As an SHSS undergraduate, you'll go beyond the traditional college experience, by having the freedom to mix and match majors with our interdisciplinary minors to best suit your interests and career path. Our dedicated faculty are there to mentor you along the way, as personalized education and advising is at the heart of what we do.

The School of Humanities and Social Sciences is the most academically diverse at Drury and focuses on what it means to be human. Our faculty will challenge you to explore and understand the human experience through a diverse series of lenses – behavioral, cultural, historical, philosophical, political, social. SHSS students leave Drury as culturally competent critical thinkers, collaborative researchers, and life-long learners. Upon graduation, our scholars are poised to be the next ethical, socially responsible, and globally-minded leaders of the 21st century…no matter what their chosen career path. It’s the #drurydifference!

At this point, I invite you to explore the full list of academic programs, as I am confident that you will find a discipline that excites and challenges you. If you already have an idea of your intended program, I encourage you to contact the department chair or schedule a campus visit!

I hope to see you #drurybound very soon!

Jennifer Silva Brown, Ph.D.
Dean of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences
jsilvabrown@drury.edu


Dean's Student Advisory Council (DSAC)

The Dean’s Student Advisory Council (DSAC) of the College of Humanities, Arts & Social Sciences is a group of undergraduate student representatives who serve in an advisory role to the Dean of the College.

Mission of DSAC: to serve as liaisons for the student population of the college, creating an open dialogue between administration and the CHASS student body, and providing advice to the Dean on decisions and issues of importance to CHASS students. These would include (but are not limited to):

  • Academic programming: members will help the administration and faculty to better understand the student perspective on courses and curricula. 
  • Recruitment and retention: members provide advice on how to better bring students to Drury and to CHASS, and on how to retain them once they arrive. 
  • Building a CHASS Community: members provide advice on event planning that seeks to bring students (and faculty) together as a CHASS community. 
  • Ongoing Concerns: members should bring issues to the Dean's attention of concern to the student body of the college. 

Length of service: each member shall serve a term of one year. 

Membership of DSAC: each department within CHASS nominates two outstanding students to serve as members, totaling 12 members overall.