School of Humanities & Behavioral Science

About the School of Humanities & Behavioral Science

Dr. Joel Shrock

Welcome to the School of Humanities and Behavioral Science with the rich history and traditions that these disciplines have brought to the liberal arts for more than two thousand years. The study of English, history, government, language, communication, graphic arts, culture, psychology, social services, and society religion are not dusty relics of the past, but instead provide answers for the most pressing issues our modern world. 

Humanities and Behavioral Science disciplines prepare our students for professional careers and help students develop the critical thinking skills as well as facility with written and oral communication that employers seek. From artists to historians, public policy makers to writers, social workers to public relations experts, our majors focus is on the development of skills that are necessary for successful employment and citizenship.  Our majors’ emphasis on experiential learning connects the classroom to the professional world that is beyond our campus.

The departments representing these disciplines are full of professionally accomplished and engaged professors who will provide you with a rigorous education and nurturing environment. Writers, historians, religious scholars, counselors, artists, public relations experts, linguists, social workers, and governmental policy authorities will walk our halls with you. These are experts who will help you grow and develop your talents within the strong foundation of your academic discipline.

Our graduates have become lawyers, Foreign Service officers, professors, graphic designers, social workers, broadcasters, police officers, writers, interpreters, entrepreneurs, ministers, missionaries, and good servants to church and society. President John Pistole is a graduate from this area whose liberal arts background and Anderson University education led him to law school, the FBI, and eventually director of the Transportation Security Administration before returning to his alma mater.

I invite you to explore our majors and see if we can provide a home for your academic career where we can help you prepare for your future.

- Dr. Joel Shrock, Associate Provost
Dean, School of Humanities & Behavioral Science