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Humanities, Social Sciences, Media, and Arts

As a central part of the mission of Morehouse College, the Humanities, Social Sciences, Media, and Arts (HSSMA) Division develops disciplined men committed to lives of leadership and service through the study of the liberal arts. The goal is to provide all students a strong foundation of knowledge and skills that empowers them to have a transformative college experience, to be successful in a broad array of fields upon completion, and to make impactful contributions to their communities and the world.

Humanities courses deepen students’ understanding of the complexity of the human condition, cultivate a sense of social responsibility and integrity, and sharpen the ability to think critically and communicate effectively in their professional and personal lives. Social science courses ingrain an awareness of how race, gender, age, language, and national identity shape systems of power, as well as each student’s sense of self and cultural assumptions. A fundamental part of HSSMA’s work is ensuring students can analyze and contextualize a wide range of world events, politics, issues, and urban settings. Students also develop strong research abilities and intercultural competencies needed to communicate and engage cross-culturally. Creative and fine arts courses provide a robust educational foundation for the study and practice of the visual and performing arts. 

The curricula foster the intellectual, analytical, and artistic skills necessary for unique expressions and analyses of creativity from diverse cultural experiences. Moreover, the HSSMA Division is dedicated to instilling in the men of Morehouse respect for and understanding of the diversity of humanity while nurturing self-awareness and appreciation of their own cultures, communities, and individual identities.


Departments and Programs:
  • Africana Studies and History Department
  • Cinema, Television, and Emerging Media Studies Department
  • Communication Studies Department
  • English Department
  • Journalism in Sports, Social Justice, and Culture Department
  • Leadership Studies Program
  • Modern Foreign Language Department
  • Music Department
  • Philosophy and Religion Department
  • Political Science Department
  • Sociology Department
  • Theater and Performance & Dance Majors
  • Urban Studies Program
  • Visual Art Department

reputation and outcomes



Morehouse is the #1 producer of Black male graduates in social sciences among U.S. colleges.*


Morehouse is the #1 producer of Black male graduates in English, foreign languages, philosophy, and religious studies among HBCUs. *
*Diverse Issues in Higher Education/IPEDS, 2021

Dean and faculty

Dean Regine Jackson

Regine Jackson, Ph.D. brings years of academic leadership experience to Morehouse, including roles at Agnes Scott College as assistant vice president for diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives,  Sociology & Anthropology Department chair, faculty coordinator of global learning, and co-chairing a pandemic instructional planning task force. She has also held leadership appointments at Emory University.


The Humanities, Social Sciences, Media, and Arts Division is home to faculty members from a range of disciplines who are well-regarded as experts in their fields.

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