School of Humanities and Social Sciences

Dean: Scott Jones
Chair of Criminal Justice and Homeland Security: Kelly Brown
Chair of Humanities: Joseph Keener 
Chair of Psychology: Kathy Holcomb
Chair of Sociology, History, and Political Science: Sarah Heath

Professors: Canada, Greenwood, Jones, McGovern, Sciame-Giesecke, White
Associate Professors: Bradley, Calhoon, Clark, Darr, Douglas, Downey, Heath, Holcomb, Keener, McFarland, McLean, Steel
Assistant Professors: Batis, Blumenthal, Cook, Costello-Harris, Deerly, Doss, Glosser, Koerner, Madsen, Medley-Rath, Shine, Sposato, Weller, Woo
Clinical Assistant Professor: Davis
Senior Lecturers: Kaiser, Pico-Argel, Snoddy, Stouse, Taff
Lecturers: Fulk, Grice, Morgan, Mugg, Westervelt

Courses in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences can be taken in four undergraduate departments: Humanities; Psychology; Sociology, History, and Political Science; and Criminal Justice and Homeland Security. Course descriptions and specific degree requirements for each department follow after a general discussion of the basic school curriculum and degree requirements.

The Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, and Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees are four-year undergraduate degrees. Students may complete all requirements and be awarded these degree at Indiana University Kokomo. Comparable to the traditional arts and sciences degrees awarded by other colleges and universities, IU Kokomo offers Bachelor of Arts degrees in:

  • Communication
  • English
  • Humanities
  • History/Political Science
  • New Media, Art, & Technology
  • Psychology
  • Sociology

The unique nature and flexibility of these programs enable students to be generalists, capable of dealing with the complexities of modern society, and to focus their studies in a particular field of interest, thus preparing themselves for a specific career or graduate school objective.

The Bachelor of Science degrees offered by the school feature a deeper, more focused approach to their chosen discipline with less study in general areas. The School offers Bachelor of Science degrees

  • Criminal Justice
  • Communication
  • History/Political Science
  • New Media, Art, & Technology
  • Psychology
  • Sociology

The School also offers a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in New Media, Art, & Technology and a postbaccalaureate certificate in New Media, Art, & Technology.

Minors in art history, communication, creative arts, criminal justice, English literature, English writing, film studies, history, international studies, Irish studies, leadership, music, philosophy, political science, pre-law, psychology, sociology, Spanish, and women/gender studies are available. Also, students can complete minors from other schools at IU Kokomo. Please consult an advisor for additional information about all of the minors available at Indiana University Kokomo.

A humanities and social sciences student may complete all of the pre-professional requirements for entry into law school in the process of earning a Bachelor degree at IU Kokomo. Popular degrees that prepare a student for law school include Communication, Criminal Justice, English, and History/Political Science. The American Bar Association offers guidelines for prospective students concerning necessary areas of preparation. Both the departments of English and History/Political Science offer pre-law concentrations and minors for interested students. (See a faculty advisor for details.)

School of Humanities and Social Sciences students who intend to continue onto graduate school can receive a solid foundation in a variety of fields, including communication, criminal justice, English, fine arts, new media, art, & technology, political science, psychology, and sociology. Students may prepare for careers in business, industry, and government service by concentrating in the humanities and social sciences and by supplementing their concentration with up to 15 credit hours of course work in business, education, or engineering technology.


The mission of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences is to improve well-being through our teaching, research, and service. Through our innovative educational programs, we help people to become enlightened, successful citizens prepared for meaningful lives, community engagement, and fulfilling careers in the 21st century. Through teaching, research, and service we increase our understanding of the world and improve the lives of those within it.


The Indiana University Kokomo School of Humanities and Social Sciences strives to offer degree programs recognized for their outstanding quality, unique opportunities, and personal relationships among faculty and students. We prepare students to be versatile, lifelong learners able to make positive changes in their lives and within their communities.

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