The College of Humanities and Social Sciences (CHSS), Mason’s largest academic unit, provides an intellectual foundation for all of the university’s students. The college houses a wide range of disciplines that confront essential questions about our lives and our world and bring the human perspective to all other fields of study.

Support an Essential Field

We believe that the humanities and social sciences are a necessity, not a luxury. They are the best means to educate our students to think critically, communicate clearly, and gain the intellectual flexibility needed to address today’s national and global problems. An education grounded in the humanities and social sciences both prepares students for any future career, while also equipping them for a rich, satisfying, and productive life.

Priority Funding Needs

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    The Center is celebrating 25 years of award-winning work developing online teaching resources, digital collections and exhibits, open-source software, and training in digital literacy and skills. Your partnership enables the Center to carry out its mission of using digital media and computer technology to democratize history for future generations. Learn More.

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    Laboratory for Scholarly and Civic Communication

    This new multidisciplinary Lab will offer students comprehensive consultations on writing, speaking, and presentation design and serve as a humanities-based research hub. Your gift will help renovate a 10,000 square-foot area on the second floor of the Johnson Center to support the Lab’s collaborative activities.

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    The Center develops and applies social science insights to help society make informed decisions that will stabilize the earth’s life-sustaining climate, and prevent further harm from climate change. The Center is actively engaged with vital communities to improve public awareness towards this solvable problem. Your support will help inform, deliver, and strengthen essential climate change conversations. Learn More.


Eleanor Weis

Senior Director of Development
703-993-8706 |