College of Humanities and Social Sciences

In the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, we are proud to offer a range of degree programs in humanities and social sciences that help you develop the skills you need to succeed in a wide variety of fields. We are also home to the majority of undergraduate general education coursework at Grand Canyon University (GCU), and we are committed to helping you advance your ability to think critically, apply analytical constructs and communicate complex ideas clearly. 

Our college of social science degree programs offer greater insight into the many facets of human behavior. Courses in areas such as psychology and sociology can help you develop skills related to individual and group motivation that may be valued in the workplace. 

The College of Humanities and Social Sciences also offers public administration courses that provide organization and management perspectives, while courses in subjects such as English language and literature help sharpen writing and critical thinking skills. Many of our courses also help you develop skills in areas such as assessing and interpreting data, tracking projects and forecasting the likely outcome of workplace initiatives. 

Our curriculum is taught in small classes, allowing you to receive individualized attention from instructors. The intimate setting facilitates in-depth discussions that can help you sharpen teamwork skills as you practice adapting your focus and thinking to our continually evolving world. 

GCU's Christian heritage supports the development of a servant leadership spirit and ethical decision-making abilities, so you can become a balanced, global citizen.  

College Mission

The College of Humanities and Social Sciences promotes research, creativity, ethical formation and inquiry through critical, analytic and interdisciplinary study. Our college's mission cultivates leaders in various fields of study through critical thinking and applied experience, linking theoretical foundations with practical application, which prepares you for today's diverse and evolving workplace.  

Our Dean's Promise

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At the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, our goal is for you to discover your God-given talents with professional, dedicated and compassionate faculty at your side. The success of our college is driven and inspired by your personal success. Our vision for you extends well beyond the classroom. We are here to serve you for the duration of your journey.

Dean Sherman Elliott, EdD 
College of Humanities and Social Sciences


Discover Our One Foundation

At GCU, our beliefs drive all that we do. Not only is the Word of God present in our classrooms and coursework, but it is also our promise to the world that we align ourselves to Christian values

Majors and Degree Programs

Our degree programs range from justice studies and legal studies to counseling, psychology and sociology. Whether you want to study writing, communication or history, we have a degree for you. 

College of Humanities Alliances

Academic advancement is one of GCU's foundational values. Our goal is to advance educational achievement beyond our classrooms and campus and provide opportunities for all students by partnering with educational, private and government organizations


Our Master of Science in Addiction Counseling program has been approved for accreditation through the National Addiction Studies Accreditation Commission (NASAC). See a full listing of accreditations, including GCU's regional accreditation. 

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