School of Humanities and Cultural Studies


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The School of Humanities and Cultural Studies (SOHCS) at Wright State University was established in Fall 2022 as part of the reorganization of the College of Liberal Arts. Ten academic departments were placed under three schools in the new structure, allowing the college to align existing programs with student and workforce demand.

A special and valuable learning opportunity awaits you in SOHCS. You will find value in our school that extends beyond classroom learning.

Experiential Learning Opportunities

SOHCS programs offer you many opportunities to learn outside of the classroom. Some examples:

  • The annual Social Justice Fair highlights the accomplishments of secondary students, Wright State students, and their teachers
  • Annual lectures and symposia include the Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies Lecture in history, the Erik C. Banks Memorial Lecture in philosophy, and, in religion, the Piediscalzi Lecture, the Kristallnacht Commemorative Lecture, and the Ryterband Symposium
  • The History Seminar aims to encourage faculty and graduate students from both within the university and outside to share their research
  • Study abroad programs include the Stratford Shakespeare Festival in Canada and Masterpieces of Italian Art & Architecture in Italy
  • Internships are placed with area businesses, nonprofits, and museums
  • The public history program integrates a traditional history curriculum with courses taught by professionals in archives, museum studies, and historic preservation; an internship; and a project leading to a Master of Arts degree in history with a specialization in public history

Community Engagement

SOHCS faculty, students, and alumni are deeply engaged in the community. Some examples:

  • Hosting high school students and teachers at the annual Social Justice Fair
  • Training high school teachers of English to teach College Credit Plus classes in area schools
  • Including community engagement or service-learning opportunities in many classes
  • Guest lecturing at local, national, and international venues

Our Graduates

You can network with graduates from SOHCS degree programs, including members of professional organizations, high school teachers, local government leaders, and nonprofit organizations across the country—and the world. Some other examples:

  • Doctoral-level education
  • Language Arts education and teaching English as a second language
  • University administration
  • Advanced professional training in the law
  • Service as officers in the United States armed forces
  • Public service in local, state, and federal agencies 
  • Technical and professional communication for public and private companies
  • Management, marketing, and the service industry
  • Museums and arts organizations
  • Publishing, editing, and writing

School Leadership

Chair: Alpana Sharma, Ph.D.
Associate Chair: Valerie Stoker, Ph.D.
Associate Chair: Jonathan Winkler, Ph.D.


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