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A message from the Dean of H&SS, John Lehoczky

H&SS Dean John Lehoczky 

Welcome to the College of Humanities and Social Sciences (H&SS) at Carnegie Mellon University. H&SS often is referred to as the liberal arts college of Carnegie Mellon, but it offers a liberal arts education unlike any that you will find at any other major university. 

First, there is our size. Carnegie Mellon is small as research universities go, which means that even as freshmen, our students have opportunities to work closely with senior faculty in intimate classroom and research settings. And at Carnegie Mellon, we demand that our professors be excellent teachers as well as researchers. 

Then there is the interdisciplinary nature of our research and teaching. What does that mean? At Carnegie Mellon, we want to develop solutions to real-world problems, which do not always fit into neat categories. So psychologists work with computer scientists to develop software that helps middle school students learn algebra. Historians work with economists to determine what policies promote innovation and entrepreneurship. Writers work with designers to create state-of-the-art multimedia communication tools, to name but a few examples. 

It also means that we offer exciting educational programs, like the Bachelor of Arts and Humanities, the Science and Humanities Scholars Program, and the Humanities Scholars Program. These interdisciplinary programs are unlike anything you will find at a traditional liberal arts school. 

But don’t just take my word for it. Take time to explore our Web site and learn more about what we have to offer—or better yet, come to campus and see it firsthand. We’ll be waiting. 

John Lehoczky
Dean, College of Humanities and Social Sciences  

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