Dixie State University

College of Humanities
& Social Sciences

WELCOME TO THE College of Humanities and Social Sciences AT DIXIE STATE UNIVERSITY!

The College of Humanities and Social Sciences is the home of the liberal arts at DSU. Our programs prepare students for 21st century jobs by focusing on the skills that employers prioritize, including effective oral and written communication, critical thinking, collaborative teamwork, and sophisticated analytical skills. We engage our students in a transformative education of discovery, creativity and reflection.


Whatever you hope to get out of college, you’ll find it in the English Department. We offer a master’s degree in Technical Writing & Digital Rhetoric and several bachelor’s degrees, minors, and certificates in Creative Writing, English Education, Literary Studies, and Professional & Technical Writing. We also provide clubs, programs, internships, and unique opportunities to help you get to know other students, build your resume, and prepare for your career.

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Modern Languages

Every student should have the opportunity to study a second language. At DSU, students have numerous second language opportunities, including American Sign Language, Chinese, French, Japanese and Spanish. Students in the program develop proficiency in listening, speaking, reading and writing in order to prepare them for any kind of language endeavor. The Modern Languages program also provides students the opportunity to develop social and academic linguistic proficiency in a language other than English.

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Criminal Justice

Criminal Justice is the application of law, social and natural sciences to the social phenomenon of crime and delinquency. The discipline addresses definitions, causation, prevention, legal processes and treatment of offenders.

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This discipline is dedicated to understanding and helping people—whether through improving mental health, understanding the brain, learning about human development, or studying interactions between people. Learn about psychology and the study of how we think, feel and behave.

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Communication Studies

The study of Communication explores how people use messages to generate meanings within and across various contexts, cultures, and channels. Our Communication Studies degree allows students to master multiple facets of communication: face-to-face and mediated interactions between people, among groups and among organizations. Join us in the pursuit to understand how human interactions affect the world we live in today!

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Media Studies

Media is the most prevalent aspect of daily life. Very few people can live without a digital device with which they interact with others using mediated interpersonal and mass communication. Media channels are everywhere, and everyone has access. Media Studies students will be prepared for a wide range of careers, including those in journalism, public relations, marketing, advertising, media production, TV and radio, and social media.​

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Applied Sociology

The Applied Sociology program gives students a solid understanding of the culture and structure of human interaction. They will actively apply this knowledge in real life research settings.



The History program prepares students to pursue advanced study in history, law, international relations, journalism, or numerous other professional fields.

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Humanities & Philosophy

The Humanities program explores humanity through art, literature, philosophy, culture, history, and politics using multiple disciplinary lenses. The program is for creative individuals who are looking for a diverse education that is both theoretical and pragmatic.

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Political Science

The Political Science program is an academic area of study that is growing and expanding at Dixie State. In addition to Political Science 1100 American Government, which fills the American Institutions requirement, courses in International Relations, Comparative Governments, and Political Thought and Theory are taught.

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Additional Programs


The mission of the Dixie State University ESL Program is to provide instruction and support to help international students develop the academic English skills and awareness of cultural norms and standards needed to succeed at an American university. At DSU-ESL, our goal is to be the best ESL institution for preparing international students to succeed at an American university while remaining one of the most affordable programs in the region. We do this through hiring only highly educated and experienced faculty, setting high academic standards for our students, and providing assistance and support for our students that is second to none.



The Global Studies program provides interdisciplinary education in the principal issues confronting today’s globalized world, in order to prepare Dixie State University students to become global leaders in business, education, government, and the non-profit sector. The program will help students develop the ability to work with people from other cultures, learn and develop intercultural communication skills, learn foreign languages and apply academic credit for study abroad toward a degree. It contains several tracks so students can cater their studies to their areas of interest.




Dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Email: Stephen.Lee@dixie.edu

Phone: 435-652-7651

Office: HCC 322

Cheri Crenshaw

Associate Dean

Email: crenshaw@dixie.edu

Phone: 435-879-4386

Office: HCC 321

Leslie Twitchell

Administrative Specialist

Email: Leslie.Twitchell@dixie.edu

Phone: 435-652-7653

Office: HCC 324

Christina Merrill

Business Manager

Email: merrillc@dixie.edu

Phone: 435-879-4262

Office: HCC 323