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Mission & Vision Statements

Our Mission

Established in 2001 as the School of Culture and Society and renamed in 2011, the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at The College of New Jersey comprises ten departments offering fourteen different majors and an array of minor programs as well as the largest share of the College’s Liberal Learning program.  The School of Humanities and Social Sciences is a culturally and intellectually diverse and welcoming community of faculty, staff, students, and alumni who value knowledge and the free and responsible exchange of ideas.

Through the exercise of analytical rigor in the humanities and social sciences, our community: fosters disciplinary and interdisciplinary work to address significant social issues; develops knowledge and engages in creative activities; seeks to understand local, national, global, cultural, political, and historical perspectives; critically interprets language and symbols; thoroughly examines cultural artifacts and discourses; and promotes ethical reasoning and compassion. Working with our faculty, our students learn how to read and think analytically, solve problems creatively, work with diverse partners, communicate effectively in speech and writing, use technology wisely, and participate fully in civic life.

The mission of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences is to prepare students for lifelong learning and responsible democratic citizenship.

Our Vision

TCNJ’s School of Humanities and Social Sciences aspires to be a national exemplar in undergraduate teaching and research in the humanities and social sciences. Upon completion of our program, our students will be prepared to sustain and advance their communities and the world.

Review our Strategic Plan (approved May 1, 2010).