Clemson to create college focused on behavioral, social and health sciences
Beginning July 1, 2016, Clemson University will house a new College of Behavioral, Social and Health Sciences focused on becoming a national and international leader in solving the problems faced by individuals, families, communities and societies.
The new college will be comprised of the following departments and schools:
- Department of Communication Studies
- Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management
- Department of Political Science
- Department of Psychology
- Department of Public Health Sciences
- Department of Sociology and Anthropology
- Department of Youth, Family and Community Studies
- School of Nursing.
The combination of these departments and schools will position the new college to “address health and wellness challenges, tackle the human impacts on the environment, and build stronger communities by better understanding human, political and social behavior and the impact of an ever-evolving and ever-connected world,” said Clemson College of Health, Education and Human Development Interim Dean Brett Wright, who is helping lead the transition to the new college.
“While our disciplines are diverse, our collective and collaborative efforts will positively affect the lives of the citizens of South Carolina and beyond,” Wright added. “Our work will be vital to Clemson’s land-grant mission, strategic vision, and global impact – and will make a real and tangible difference in the lives of individuals, families, communities and societies. With this reorganization, we will be a national leader in this effort.”
The Clemson University Board of Trustees approved the creation of the college at its October meeting, part of an overall academic reorganization. The new college will join six other colleges: Agriculture, Forestry and Life Sciences; Architecture, Arts and Humanities; Business; Education; Engineering, Computing and Applied Sciences; and Science.
The new College of Behavioral, Social and Health Sciences is anticipated to have 131 faculty members, an undergraduate enrollment of 2,800, funded research expenditures of $2.9 million, and student credit hours numbering approximately 44,600 during the 2015-2016 academic year.
The academic reorganization is part of Clemson’s ClemsonForward strategic plan with goals in four areas: research, engagement, the academic core, and living. A key enabler to the strategic plan’s success, the reorganization is designed to give each department and school a more strategic path to national prominence.
Wright will work with faculty, staff and students of the eight academic units joining to form the College of Behavioral, Social and Health Sciences. Once the transition is complete, the university will engage in a national search for a permanent dean for the college.