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Humanities & Social Sciences

We help students become creative, sophisticated thinkers, active citizens, and effective leaders in the global community. In doing so, we provide learning experiences that, in addition to their intrinsic value, enrich a scientific and technical education.


We balance your science and engineering course work with humanistic studies. You'll learn about a wide array of disciplines and traditions, giving you a well-rounded education. We'll help you examine questions about existence, relationships, aesthetics, ideas, systems, processes and trends that humans generate. We believe our job is to improve how you think, not what you think.

You'll leave Rose-Hulman skilled in critical thinking and communication and well prepared for success in a global context, prepared to exercise ethical leadership wherever your career takes you.

Our humanities and social science professors are nationally recognized for their scholarly contributions to their respective disciplines through publications, presentations, and leadership in national organizations.

Majors, Minors & Certificates

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Studying economics at Rose-Hulman gives you the opportunity to gain valuable analytic and business skills that can enhance your career potential. Our highly mathematical approach to economics distinguishes our economics degree from other schools.
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International Studies

The International Studies second major will add a global dimension to your engineering, science, or math degree. In an increasingly international marketplace, International Studies enriches your perspective, making you a more valued member of any organization.

Humanities and Social Science Minors

We offer a wide variety of great minors to supplement your STEM degree.
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Modern Languages -- German, Japanese, Spanish


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Insurance Actuary

Actuaries analyze the financial costs of risk and uncertainty. They use mathematics, statistics and financial theory to assess the risk that an event will occur, and they help businesses and clients develop policies that minimize the cost of that risk. Actuaries’ work is essential to the insurance industry. Employment of actuaries is projected to grow 18 percent from 2014 to 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations. Actuaries will be needed to develop, price and evaluate a variety of insurance products and calculate the costs of new, emerging risks. The median annual wage for actuaries was $100,610 in May 2016. -- U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Economist and Professor Dale Bremmer teaching a class.


Economists study the production and distribution of resources, goods and services by collecting and analyzing data, researching trends and evaluating economic issues. Most economists need a master’s degree or Ph.D. However, some entry-level jobs—primarily in the federal government—are available for workers with a bachelor’s degree. The median annual wage for economists was $99,180 in 2015. –U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
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Attorneys advise and represent individuals, businesses, and government agencies on legal issues and disputes. Most work in private or corporate offices but some also work for federal, local, and state governments. All lawyers must have a law degree and must also typically pass a state’s written bar examination. The median annual wage for lawyers was $115,820 in 2015.– U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Department News

Learn about the latest happenings, recent research, and more in Humanities and Social Sciences at Rose-Hulman.
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Rich House

Richard House

Dr. Rich House, head of the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, teaches English, with expertise in the areas of contemporary American literature, literary theory, and communication for engineers and scientists. He co-wrote The Engineering Communication Manual to help engineering students develop their technical communication skills and is one of the founders of Rose-Hulman's Home for Environmentally Responsible Engineering (HERE) program, a living-learning community for first-year students interested in sustainability and humanitarian engineering.
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Department of Humanities and Social Sciences
5500 Wabash Avenue
Terre Haute, IN 47803