Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences

The Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences Division is dedicated to delivering a program of excellence in the humanities and social sciences designed to prepare students for the complex challenges of professional and private life in the 21st century.


Few important engineering decisions are purely technical. In our globally interconnected world, professionals must be able to integrate social, cultural, political, economic, ethical and environmental knowledge into their decisions and designs.

Academic work in the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences provides you with an understanding of these contexts, enhances your abilities to communicate well, gives you the foundations to transcend traditional technical boundaries, establishes your competitive edge in the professional marketplace and prepares you to be a leader and a lifelong learner.

HASS faculty are recognized nationally and around the world as scholars and teachers who expect high levels of academic performance from their students. Their expertise includes:


Creative writing
Environmental policy
Film and media studies
International political economy
Political science
Science, technology and engineering


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  • Mines symposium tackles Flint water crisis
    Colorado School of Mines is hosting a film screening, panel discussion and keynote speaker in a two-day symposium on the water crisis in Flint, Michigan. The Department of Civil and Environmental Engi …
  • Honors and Scholars Director focused on Mines+ experiences
    Helping students have a “Mines-plus” experience—a broader undergraduate career that allows students to follow their passions beyond the traditional curriculum—has long been a mission of Toni Lefton. A …
  • Amery to lead Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences Division
    The new director of the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences (HASS) Division is looking to grow the programs and facilitate the ambitions of its faculty and students. Hussein A. Amery was appointed di …

CERSE Vision: A world where earth, energy and environment are wisely managed.

CERSE Mission: To improve lives through vibrant and creative science and engineering education, research and global engagement focused on earth’s resources and societal needs