SCHOOL OF Arts, Humanities
and Social Sciences

Prepare to Expand Your Horizons

Elmhurst University’s School of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences is home to a variety of academic fields and opportunities for students.

In each field, you will learn skills that prepare you to make meaningful contributions to society. Meanwhile, you’ll also get the chance to pursue research, prepare for a career or graduate school, and take advantage of special experiences such as studying abroad.

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Featured Publications

Nancy C. Lee, professor in Religious Studies has completed a 500-page biblical commentary on the Song of Songs and on Lamentations in press with the publisher (Smyth & Helwys) to be released shortly. The volume includes a focus on women’s compositions in biblical Hebrew texts. Dr. Lee led 12 weekly sessions in adult education this school year for the First United Church and for the First Baptist Church, both in Oak Park.

Alpha Mu Gamma 37th National Convention (February 29-March 2, 2024)

Hosted by the College of DuPage

Seven students in the Spanish program at Elmhurst University and one alumna presented their research on Hispanic/Latino literature and linguistics, Service-Learning and Study-Abroad at the AMG 37th National Convention.

These were the panels:

Study Abroad Transformative Experiences in Spain

Grace Ciolino (York High School Spanish Teacher, Theta Upsilon Chapter): “ Semester Abroad in Sevilla, Spain.”

Sarah Hansen (Elmhurst University, Theta Upsilon Chapter): “Linguistic and Cultural Immersion in Madrid: A short-term study abroad developmental course.”

Alexi Littman (Elmhurst University, Theta Upsilon Chapter):  “Walking the Camino de Santiago: A transformational study abroad experience.”


Undergraduate Student Research on Spanish Literature, Linguistics and Pedagogy

Sarah Cuevas (Elmhurst University, Theta Upsilon Chapter): “ La Simpatía de Lope con la gente indígena en su Comedia Famosa los guanches de Tenerife y la conquista de Canaria.”

Gabriel Galindo (Elmhurst University, Theta Upsilon Chapter): “Nuestra Voz en la Tele: La preservación Latina lingüística y Cultural en los Estados Unidos.”

Mateo Gomez Bedoya (Elmhurst University, Theta Upsilon Chapter):  “Actividades didácticas evolutivas en español para promover el desarrollo personal, cultural, politico y social.”


Service-Learning : Developing Linguistic and Cultural Competence while Enhancing Soft and Hard Skills

Allison Skiple (Elmhurst University, Theta Upsilon Chapter).

Paul Segedin (Elmhurst University, Theta Upsilon Chapter)

Dr. Beatriz Gómez Acuña was re-elected National President by the Executive Council and Chapter Advisors

School Spotlight: Radio Active

Students find their voices on the air through the University’s very own broadcast station, WRSE.

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We Welcome You to Discover Your Passion

courtney headshotWelcome to the School of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences (SAHSS) at Elmhurst University! SAHSS is home to more than 30 majors and 40 minors within a variety of different departments and programs. There is truly something for everyone! The broad spectrum of skills gained in SAHSS courses—such as critical thinking, effective written and verbal communication, empathy, teamwork, and collaboration—are increasingly vital in today’s complex, diverse, and ever-changing global society. Students who graduate from SAHSS are well-equipped and ready to succeed in their chosen field and beyond.

SAHSS faculty are dedicated to providing students the knowledge, skills, and hands-on experience necessary to lead successful, fulfilling lives while making a positive impact on society. Our faculty are innovative, dynamic, and engaging instructors with active portfolios of research and creative work including publications in highly-ranked journals, prestigious grants, and award-winning art, music, screenplays, films, books, short stories, and more.

Across all academic areas, the focus is on student success. Faculty work with each student in a way that challenges and inspires. With an average class size of 18, students and faculty are able to get to know each other, fostering individual growth as well as productive cooperation within a community of learning inside and outside of the classroom. Students have the opportunity to work with their instructors on research or creative projects and participate in international travel courses led by SAHSS faculty. There’s always a lecture, play, concert, film screening, or dance performance to attend, too.

The links above provide more information about each department and program in SAHSS, including faculty contact information. Please feel free to contact us directly if you would like more information.

Courtney Waite Miller, Dean of the School of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

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