Message from the Dean

We enter the 21st Century with a sense of wonder, affected by a technological revolution and global awareness never before experienced by humankind.  Propelled by an insatiable curiosity and relentless desire to create, the 20th century ushered in a time of burgeoning technological development.   We have witnessed technological innovations that dramatically transformed the mobility of people from horses, to cars, airplanes, and rockets.  Telephones, computers, and satellite technology have irrevocably altered the ways we communicate with each other.  Ironically, these advances have brought some of us together while simultaneously pulling others apart. 

What is the role of the Humanities, Arts & Social Sciences in the 21st Century technological research university?  The answer is simple:  We are seekers.  We seek to understand the very nature of our humanity.  We seek to improve the quality of life.  We seek to preserve our world.  We seek truth through artistic innovation.

The School of Humanities, Arts & Social Sciences is a special community in an exceptional university at a critical moment in time.  We sit at the crossroads of humanity and technological innovation.  We contextualize what it means to be a contributing global citizen in an increasing complex technological society.  We concern ourselves with issues that have plagued humanity since the beginning of recorded history: ethics, truth, meaning, and beauty.  At Rensselaer, we posit our contributions alongside the Schools of Architecture, Lally School of Management and Technology, Engineering, and Science as equal partners in the quest for understanding.

Come and partner with our world-class faculty in this journey of higher learning. You will be challenged to discover your potential through the study of the Arts, Cognitive Science, Communication & Media, Economics, and Science & Technology Studies.  It is through these studies that you will find yourself on the path of the life well lived.


Mary Simoni, Ph.D.