College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Message from the Acting Dean


Welcome to the website of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences (CHSS) where we are part of a vibrant and diverse community of internationally renowned scholars and faculty, dedicated staff and experienced academic advisors. Each of us is devoted to creating an educational experience we can be proud of, where students can thrive beyond the classroom, into a life-changing journey.

Our teaching, research and community outreach reflect Zayed University’s vision, and contributes to the institution’s ambitious goal to be recognized for rigorous international standards of academic excellence along with significant contributions to the well-being of the Arab Region. Applicants to CHSS come from across the UAE and the region and are attracted to the high caliber of international faculty, our state-of-the-art facilities, and the opportunity to study in one of the world’s great cities, Abu Dhabi.

CHSS is comprised of six departments, namely:  The Department of International Sciences, the Department of Islamic World Studies, the Department of Social Sciences, The Arabic language & Literature Department, The Language Studies Department and the Graduate School of Law. At CHSS we offer an undergraduate program in International Studies, two minors (Literature and GCC/Middle East Studies), and two graduate programs, a Master of Arts in Diplomacy and International Affairs, an Master of Legal and Judicial Studies and a Master of Islamic Studies in Jurisprudence of Reality.

Prospective students will be able to join a diverse and talented community of learners, scholars, and professionals, with a collective and solid foundation in those disciplines and interdisciplinary areas within our programs that include social sciences (from archaeology to sociology), humanities (literature and film studies), international studies, political sciences, Islamic studies and law.

We offer courses and programs that provide a comprehensive educational experience, a combination of teaching instruction and scholarly research of the highest caliber. Thereby we guarantee that students are preparing for careers in a competitive, yet wide array of academic and non-academic fields. Our alumni enjoy the pursuit of private and public sector careers, which include 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, and NYU Abu Dhabi.   Students interested in pursuing a career in academia and research continue to expand their educational experience with acceptance to graduate schools and institutions such as Oxford University, London School of Economics, Georgetown University, University of Wollongong, Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi, the American University of Sharjah, British University of Dubai and University of Edinburgh.

I am extremely proud of the journey we have made in the last few years and while we aspire to become better each time, we invite you to a life-changing educational experience. It is my hope that you will benefit from the content of this website  and enjoy it while you read. If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Best wishes

Fares Howari

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