Students and faculty in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences engage in research, analysis and creative work that address essential questions about our lives and our world. The college's range is wide, from traditional humanities such as English and philosophy to interdisciplinary social sciences such as bio-archaeology and neuroscience. Particularly strong in interdisciplinary scholarship, the college addresses fundamental questions about human life and value in order to provide cutting-edge solutions to pressing social problems.
Funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation, the American Sociological Association and Mason’s Center for Social Science Research are in their second year of a project to assess the patterns of who actually gets published in a premier academic journal, the American Sociological Review, and what the enigmatic process really looks like from start to finish.
This year has seen Mason triumph in the world of research. It was named as an R-1 Doctoral University (Highest Research Activity) by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions in Higher Education. This is the highest research status available.
The provost’s multidisciplinary research initiative, now in its second year, gives interdisciplinary teams from Mason faculty, staff, students, and/or community partners an opportunity to showcase their creativity as they respond to important challenges facing the region, nation, or world.