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The following departments and programs are housed within the College of Humanities and Social Sciences:

Anthropology in action


Programs in anthropology and archaeology provide mentored, hands-on experiences that enable our graduates to succeed.

Asian Studies at IUP

Asian Studies

Asian Studies majors gain expertise that is highly valued in business, politics, and many areas, adding an international edge to a variety of degrees.

Economics in Action


Our students enter graduate programs, continue in economics, or branch into interrelated areas such as law, management, finance, labor relations, and government service.


English teaching


Our students learn to read, write, and think critically; to communicate effectively and persuasively; and to analyze and create documents and media that make an impact.

Foreign Languages class

Foreign Languages

Our program offers students the opportunity to study a wide variety of languages, including Spanish, French, German, Chinese, Arabic, Japanese, Urdu, and Russian, among others.

Geography and Regional Planning in action

Geography and Regional Planning

There is a high demand in the public and private sectors for graduates who have the skills to work with geospatial technology and geographic databases.


History students


Our program gives students the critical thinking skills and historical knowledge that leads to careers in teaching, government service, public history, law, business, and journalism.

Journalism student

Journalism and Public Relations

Preparing students for careers in news and public relations, with job opportunities in magazines, advertising, visual journalism, online journalism, and marketing.

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Latin American Studies

Students explore the history, literature, culture, geography, political economy, and social organization of Latin America.


Pan African Studies

Pan-African Studies

Our program enriches cross-cultural studies by heightening student awareness of and sensitivity to cultural diversity and expanding their knowledge of contributions by persons of African heritage.

Students in Philosophy classroomo


If your college experience finds you craving an intellectual challenge, philosophy may well be right for you. It is a demanding and rigorous discipline that has been around for more than two thousand years.

Political Science teacher and student

Political Science

Our program will teach you about the dynamics that shape global business, trade, and cooperation and increase your value for careers in government, business, and numerous international organizations.


Religious Studies

Religious Studies

Students in our program explore the phenomenon of religion in daily life, developing critical thinking skills that lead to a deeper comprehension of world and national cross-cultural events.

Sociology students


Are you a “people watcher” and curious about human behavior? If you enjoy finding out how and why people do the things they do, you will enjoy Sociology.

Women’s and Gender Studies

Women’s and Gender Studies

Our program addresses the experiences and contributions of women from multidisciplinary perspectives. A minor in Women’s Studies indicates an awareness of gender issues to prospective employers.

  • College of Humanities and Social Sciences
  • McElhaney Hall, Room 201
    441 North Walk
    Indiana, PA 15705
  • Phone: 724-357-2280
  • Fax: 724-357-4816
  • Office Hours
  • Monday through Friday
  • 8:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
  • 12:30 p.m.–4:00 p.m.