College of Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities

Welcome to the
College of Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities

"The Conscience of the Academy"

CSSAH Operation Hours

As of Thursday, July 1, 2021, Florida A&M University has returned to pre-COVID operating procedures. Our office hours are Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m.-Noon and 1 p.m.-5 p.m. However, as a precaution and to continue to #ProtecttheFAMUly, those seeking an in-person office visit may be required to submit to a temperature check and may be asked to wear a mask before entering the office.

You may contact our team via email or by phone and we will respond to your message within 24 hours. For immediate assistance, please call 850.599.3430.

We are Number 1!

According to the U.S. News and World Report 2021 Best College Rankings, FAMU is the number 1 public historically Black college or university (HBCU). FAMU ranked number 117 among Top Public Universities, up from number 123 one year ago.



Message from Dean Valencia E. Matthews, Ph.D.


Greetings and welcome to the College of Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities, fondly known as CSSAH, where we produce Exceptional Artists, Dynamic Leaders and Extraordinary Social Activists.  CSSAH is a multidisciplinary college connecting students to the world with an array of learning opportunities including research, internships, co-op, service learning, online instruction, and experiential scholarship. Students examine enduring and systemic questions about human nature and social behavior. They study the organization and functions government, the interrelations of global societies and political systems. Our students are challenged to examine critically how the world is shaped by diverse values, histories and cultures. 

We are the Keepers of the Culture,
the Protectors of Freedom and the Ambassadors of Creativity 


• African-American Studies
• Criminal Justice
• English
• Fine Arts
• History
• Interdisciplinary Studies
• Music
• Philosophy & Religion
• Political Science
• Psychology
• Social Work
• Sociology
• Theatre

We look forward to watching you grow into a compassionate professional who will help change the world.



"Committed to developing culturally-astute graduates who engage creativity and critical thinking to solve real-world problems and facilitate the empowerment of self and others."


"To inspire creative expression and innovative research that improve human welfare."


Scholarship • Excellence • Openness • Fiscal Responsibility • Accountability • Collaboration • Diversity •
Service • Fairness • Courage • Integrity • Respect • Collegiality • Freedom • Ethics • Shared Governance

The integrated and rigorous curriculum of the departments comprising the College of Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities (CSSAH) opens the world to students. It provides them with an expansive understanding of the arts, anthropology, American History, the African American experience, criminal justice, geography, humanities, law, modern language, music, philosophy, psychology, religion, sociology, social work, and theatre. CSSAH is the largest college in the University and is home to a prolific faculty and a diverse student-body. In recent semesters students have studied abroad in China, South Africa, and various countries in Latin America. They have presented their research at national academic conferences in history, English/American Literature and psychology. Students have interned at a variety of educational, social service, and political organizations and agencies. Students have performed on stage and honed their talents to the acclaim of critics and local audiences. Promising musicians and artists have showcased their skills through varied media, compositions and recitals. Their artistic and professional portfolios are based on years of hard work and critical assessment and evalu

The academic experience of the CSSAH is state-of-art and inventive. The College makes maximum use of technology and a variety of teaching pedagogies. Upon graduation, students are prepared to pursue professional careers and/or continue their education at the graduate level in professional studies. Through the CSSAH coursework comes alive as the educational experience for students within the College emphasizes theory, application, professionalism, and education for the greater good.



Updated 6/16/21


Contact Info

515 Orr Drive
214 Tucker Hall
Tallahassee, Florida 32307

P: 850.599.3430
F: 850.561.2290