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The College of Humanities and Social Sciences—the largest college on campus—houses programs spanning disciplines from philosophy to economics. Students benefit from concentrated faculty involvement in a traditional liberal arts college setting. Our educational approach blends the intellectual with the practical, preparing students for professional and civic life. The college teaches nearly every undergraduate at George Mason and offers a rigorous graduate curriculum and nationally ranked programs (many are underwritten by government grants and private donations). We are committed to providing a challenging education, expanding the frontiers of knowledge through research, and contributing intellectual leadership to the community.

College Profile

  • 6,273 undergraduate students and 1,416 graduate students (beginning in Fall 2017), representing 25 percent of all undergraduate students and 14 percent of all graduate students at Mason    
  • 27 undergraduate degree programs in major fields and 56 minors    
  • 14 master's degrees, plus a master of arts in interdisciplinary studies (MAIS), a master of fine arts in creative writing (MFA), 9 doctoral degrees, and a variety of graduate certificates
  • Connections with more than 53,000 alumni are maintained through a print magazine, special events, and social media    
  • College alumni include Abdiweli Mohamed Ali, prime minister of Somalia; Tyler Cowen, renowned economist and Mason professor; Angie Goff, NBC anchor; Carolyn Kreiter-Foronda, poet laureate of Virginia; Zaniab Salbi, Women for Women International; Brian van de Graaff, ABC meteorologist.

Career Outcomes

Learn where the humanities and social sciences have taken their students.