Greetings and welcome to CSSAH. I am Dr. Valencia E. Matthews and I have the privilege
of serving as the dean of the College of Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities.
My goal as dean is to ensure that students in the college have a positive academic
experience with relevant curriculum and experiences that meet the needs of the 21st
century workforce. We invite you to join us here on The Hill to expand your horizons
and to become a global citizen. We would love to be a part of your success story as
you join us as a student in CSSAH.
We are committed to developing culturally-astute graduates who engage creativity and
critical thinking to solve real-world problems and facilitate the empowerment of self
To inspire creative expression and innovative research that improve human welfare.
"I am the master of my fate. I am the captain of my soul."
A DIVERSE EXPERIENCE
CSSAH is the largest college in the university and is home to a prolific faculty and
a diverse student body. Our integrated and rigorous curriculum opens the world to
students by providing them an expansive understanding of the impact of the arts, anthropology,
American History, the African American experience, criminal justice, geography, humanities,
law, modern language, music, philosophy, psychology, religion, sociology, social work,
THE INCOMPARABLE "MARCHING 100"
We are also home to the internationally acclaimed Marching 100 band, celebrated as
one of the many proud traditions of FAMU. Recognized for its dynamic sound and precision
in technique and performance, the Marching 100 attracts the most talented student
musicans from across the world. The band has performed internationally and has dazzled
during presidential inaugurations, the Rose Bowl, Grammy Awards and several Super Bowl performances with entertainment icons such as the legendary Prince.
GETTING YOU READY
The academic experience in CSSAH is state-of-art and inventive. The College makes
maximum use of technology and a variety of teaching methods. Students have presented
their research at national academic conferences in history, English/American Literature
and psychology. Students have interned at a variety of educational, social service,
and political organizations and agencies. Students have performed on stage and honed
their talents to the acclaim of critics and local audiences. Promising musicians and
artists have showcased their skills through varied media, compositions and recitals.
Their artistic and professional portfolios are based on years of hard work and critical
assessment and evaluation.
CSSAH coursework comes alive as the educational experience for students within the
College emphasizes theory, application, professionalism, and education for the greater
good. Upon graduation, students are prepared to pursue professional careers and/or
continue their education at the graduate level in professional studies.
BECOME A GLOBAL CITIZEN
CSSAH students have studied abroad in countries throughout Africa, the Caribbean,
Asia, Europe and various destinations in Latin America. They have performed in front
of global audiences in Paris, France; Madrid, Spain; and Edinburgh, Scotland during
the International Collegiate Theatre Festival, the largest performing arts festival
in the world. Study Abroad programs have taken CSSAH students to international opportunities
in places such as Salamanca, Spain; Havana, Cuba and Florence, Italy.
EXPAND YOUR GLOBAL FOOTPRINT
Our newest undergraduate and graduate degree programs in Global Security & International
Affairs prepares students for careers in diplomacy, international affairs, foreign
service, intelligence, and other related fields. The fast-growing and high-demand
area of study provides diverse career options, high pay, job stability, and international
opportunities in government, politics, and business. Global Security and International
Affairs students focus on the most pressing and exciting global challenges of the
21st Century. Equally exciting is that you can earn your degree in a traditional in-class
format or entirely online.