Student Life Overview

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Student Life Overview

Class Experience

The College of Humanities & Social Sciences engages students in active learning both inside and outside the classroom, through individual- and team-based problem-solving, collaborative research, field experiences, internships, short-term study abroad and other activities. Internships provide students with the opportunity to apply knowledge and skills to hands-on experiences in their field of study.

Each major engages students in its own way:

The English major teaches students how to engage with art and culture through literature, bringing their analytical skills to bear on texts from diverse historical periods and traditions. English majors pursue individual research in their courses and can extend their knowledge through the Theory Reading Group and Undead Poet's Society. 

The History department offers internships, hosts book signings, field trips, paper competitions and offers scholarships and awards to outstanding students.

Internships, required by Law & Justice majors, are available with public defenders, probation departments, prosecutors' offices, sheriffs' departments, municipal police departments as well as federal agencies.

The Philosophy & Religion major requires a service learning component that provides an opportunity for students to combine theoretical studies with community service. Service learning projects relate to Philosophy and Religion Studies courses through projects that involve direct service (tutoring children or working with elders), indirect service (preparing kits for hospitalized patients), advocacy (letter writing campaigns or petitions) and research (developing surveys, doing experiments or conducting interviews).

Political Science students learn problem-solving techniques, begin to build networks and gain practical experience through the required public service internship, which places political science students in government agencies or legislative offices. The department also regularly invites state representatives and other government officials to talk about their work and meet with students.

Economics majors often work with faculty members on their research and sometimes travel with them to professional conferences. Internships, field experiences and other hands-on programs extend their education beyond the boundaries of classroom and campus.

The Sociology and Anthropology department created and manages the Museum of Anthropology at Rowan University (MARU), which gives students the opportunity to participate in workshops and conduct original research that promotes discovery, learning and an appreciation of human origins and cultures.

Social Engagement

College of Humanities & Social Sciences students have an active social community that caters to all academic and professional interests within the College. Clubs include: