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College of Humanities, Social Sciences, and Arts

Location: Ag/Et, Room 222, 903-886-5175
College of Humanities, Social Sciences, and Arts Web Site:

Salvatore Attardo, Dean

The College of Humanities, Social Sciences, and Arts consists of the departments of Art, History, Literature and Languages, Music, Theatre, Political Science, and Sociology and Criminal Justice. The college also houses the popular Liberal Studies and Paralegal Studies degree programs, as well as the Communication Skills Center.

Curricular goals and learning outcomes promoted in these programs assure a well-rounded education in the humanities, social sciences, and liberal arts traditions.  We provide a strong emphasis on discipline-based scholarship, plus challenging opportunities to consider and construct solutions to issues facing our increasingly complex, multidisciplinary world. Core Curicullum courses offered by the college form the academic foundation for undergraduate students across the university. The undergraduate degree programs are designed to prepare students for entry-level careers or admission to graduate or professional schools. They also support the College of Education and Human Services by providing content areas for the teacher education certification programs. Advanced degrees at the master's level are offered in all of the departments, and a Ph.D. in English is offered through the Department of Literature and Languages. We serve our students, communities, and region by providing and promoting academic programs characterized by innovation, vision, multiple scales of excellence, and a commitment to literacy, justice, and civic responsibility.

The general requirements for admission to the programs of the College of Humanities, Social Sciences, and Arts are the same as those for Texas A&M University-Commerce as a whole.

COH 111 - Critical Thinking
Hours: 1-3
This course introduces students to theories of learning and critical thinking and provides a learning framework to apply them to their college and life experiences. Concepts studied include research and theory on how people learn, critical thinking, problem solving, perception, learning styles, memory, creativity, and how attitudes and values affect the learning and thinking processes. The course also shows students how to apply these theories and research findings to help develop practical skills in critical thinking, time management, reading, note taking, testing taking, other areas that will help them be more successful students and lifelong learners.

COH 112 - Scholastic Enhancement
Hours: 1
This course assists students in refining approaches and practices that can lead to enhanced scholastic success in college-level classes and academic activities.