Welcome from the Dean

Dr. Matthew J. Smith, Interim Dean of the College of Humanities and Behavioral Sciences

Dean Matthew J. Smith

Welcome to the College of Humanities and Behavioral Sciences. Across our many academic programs, we strive to promote critical thinking, effective writing, compelling speaking, and intellectual exploration from a variety of perspectives. Our College is housed in a state-of-the-art facility that opened in 2016, but our greatest asset is the dedication of the people who make up the College: nationally-recognized faculty, hard-working staff, and goal-oriented students, who are all aiming to improve themselves and the world in which they live.

Please explore the many opportunities for learning, research, and service we have to offer. Consider how to take your education to another level through the student research initiatives, internship opportunities, or study abroad experiences. Explore how our proud Highlanders are making a difference in the lives of people within the Commonwealth, across the nation, and around the world.

We look forward to having you join in our endeavors!


Matthew J. Smith, Ph.D. 

Dean and Professor

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