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College of Humanities and Social Sciences

National debate champs for three consecutive years.

Only university in the nation to participate in week-long CSIS program.

100% of our philosophy grads are accepted to graduate or law school.

Our undergrad Historic Preservation program is one of only nine in the nation.

Study Abroad programs every semester on three continents!

Programs to put you ahead

Doing your dream job before landing your dream job

Experiential learning. Those are fancy words for getting real world experience. At Southeast, we believe education means more than classroom experience. That's why, here, you’ll discuss policy at a D.C. think-tank, conduct an archaeological excavation, edit a literary journal, work at the state or federal capitol, or intern at one of 40+ federal, state or local law enforcement agencies all as part of your curriculum.

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Launching Extraordinary Careers

93%of our Humanities & Social Sciences graduates employed or in grad school one year after graduation.

88%of our grads say their courses gave them the skills/knowledge required in their field.

9,500College of Humanities & Social Sciences alumni connections waiting nationwide.

550corporate partnerships offering jobs and internships.

250career counseling sessions offered to students in the college last year.

Accredited by the Council on Social Work Education

Learning from Industry Leaders

Like to question, debate, have a natural curiosity? You’ve met your match. Our professors challenge, push, drive you to be your best. That sounds like a pretty great partnership to us.

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Dr. William F. Ansberry Pre-Law Scholarship Established at Southeast

The Dr. William F. Ansberry Pre-Law Scholarship has been established through the Southeast Missouri University Foundation. Family and friends of the late Dr. William F. Ansberry recently made gifts to establish the scholarship to honor Ansberry. The scholarship will be awarded to a student who has demonstrated an intention to attend law school and who [...]

Center for Faulkner Studies, University Press Publish Faulkner Conference Series Book

The Center for Faulkner Studies at Southeast Missouri State University has published a new book of essays, “Faulkner and García Márquez,” through the Southeast Missouri State University Press. The book features essays from 10 different scholars who analyze and compare the fiction and lives of two Nobel Prize-winning authors, William Faulkner and Gabriel García Márquez. [...]

Southeast Senior Puts Health Communication Skills to Work with OASIS Florida

Southeast Missouri State University senior Jordan Probst is passionate about educating individuals on health issues and helping others improve their lives. Probst, a health communication major and a native of Sigel, Illinois, is putting his enthusiasm into action this summer as a prevention intern with OASIS Florida in Pensacola, Florida. The mission of OASIS (Okaloosa [...]


Creating World Class Learning Spaces

From 17th century buildings in need of restoration to a university press to the law enforcement academy, you’ll be learning at facilities designed to prepare you for the professional world.

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Financing your Education

Here’s the bottom line for your bottom line: Southeast is one of the top 2 institutions in Missouri in accreditations, and it’s in the top 5 of the lowest cost universities in the state! That means you can be assured you’re getting a quality education at an affordable price. Plus, we award $20 million in academic scholarships and 1,500 endowed scholarships each year to further help you with the cost of your degree. College can be challenging, we’re working to make paying for it easier.

Forging a Network

What do the FBI, the New York Yankees and the Pentagon have in common? They hire our grads. Find out more about what our alumni are doing and see what you could do!

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/// From the dean

Welcome to the College of Humanities and Social Sciences! The College is comprised of five academic departments covering 16 distinct subject areas ranging from anthropology to social work. All our programs instill core skills necessary for any graduate to find success after college and to function as responsible citizens. We promote critical and analytical thinking, effective written and spoken communication, appreciation for cultural diversity, understanding of history and politics, and the ability to work with others. These are skills employers’ value and will promote your future success, wherever you decide to go!

Before we get you hired, let’s talk about your time in the college. This is truly a time for exploration, study abroad opportunities, competitions, valuable experiential learning opportunities, and meaningful interactions with faculty who do what they do because they want to facilitate your success. We invite you to start your journey with us so we can get you where you want to go.

Here is where it all begins, we lay the foundation. Take a moment to explore our site, discover our programs, and reach out to me for further information. There’s much more we’re excited to share with you about the College of Humanities and Social Sciences.

- Dr. Odegard-Koester

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(573) 651-2154
Memorial Hall 208
MS 4175

College of Humanities and Social Sciences
One University Plaza
Cape Girardeau, MO 63701


(573) 651-2154
Memorial 208A

College of Humanities and Social Sciences
One University Plaza
Cape Girardeau, Missouri 63701