College of Humanities and Social Sciences (CHSS)

Welcome to CHSS!                         

Our College boasts a vibrant and diverse community of internationally renowned teaching and research faculty and staff.  Our mission is to enable students to explore their passions, train for their futures, and thrive inside and outside of the classroom by providing them opportunities for practical, experiential learning and work.

Our combined efforts – teaching, research, community engagement, student leadership and extra-curricular activities – reflect Zayed University’s vision:

  • To promote rigorous international standards of academic excellence; and
  • To contribute to the health, happiness, and development of the UAE and the world.

Our students come from across the UAE and the Arab Region; our goal is to become a magnet for students across the world to come to Abu Dhabi and Dubai for their education.  Students are attracted to the high caliber of our international faculty, our state-of-the-art facilities, and the opportunity to study in the world’s great cities, Abu Dhabi and Dubai.

CHSS is comprised of four departments:

  • International Affairs and Social Sciences
  • Arabic, Islamic and Legal Studies
  • Languages Studies
  • Education

At CHSS, we offer an undergraduate major in International Studies, and four graduate programs: a Master of Arts in Diplomacy and International Affairs, a Master of Legal and Judicial Studies, a Master of Education in Educational Leadership and Administration and a Master of Education in Teaching and Learning. We are expanding our offerings on both campuses, Abu Dhabi and Dubai, and are proposing even more global experiences for our students. 

We offer students experiential learning and global contexts; we teach within and beyond disciplines by promoting interdisciplinary subjects in social sciences (from archaeology to sociology), humanities (languages, literatures, and film studies), international studies, political science, Islamic studies and law.

Graduates of CHSS – our alumni – work in the private and public sectors, world-class institutions such as the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Executive Council, the Prime Minister’s Office, Emirates Airlines, Abu Dhabi Investment Council, Jumeirah Group Hotels, Dubai Economic Development Authority, Community Development Authority Dubai, Federal Demographic Council, Mubadala, Federal Authority For Nuclear Regulation, Ministry of Interior-Abu Dhabi, Jebel Ali Free Zone Authority, Etihad Airlines, NYU Abu Dhabi, even Zayed University itself.  

Many of our alumni have continued their studies in graduate programs in Oxford University, London School of Economics, Georgetown University, University of Wollongong, and University of Edinburgh.

We invite you to join us and let us help you pursue your own life-changing educational experience.


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