College of Languages, Literature and Social Sciences

Welcome to LLSS

Message from the Dean - Jamie Barlowe, Ph.D.


Welcome to the College of Languages, Literature and Social Sciences, home to the Departments of Communication, Economics, English Language and Literature, Foreign Languages, Geography and Planning, History, Philosophy and Religious Studies, Political Science and Public Administration, Psychology, Sociology and Anthropology, and Women’s and Gender Studies and to the Programs in Africana Studies, American Studies, Asian Studies, Disability Studies, European Studies, Global Studies, Law and Social Thought, Middle East Studies, and Urban Studies. LLSS offers 27 undergraduate degree programs, six graduate certificate programs, twelve master’s degrees, and three doctoral degrees.


LLSS graduates pursue careers as economists, broadcasters, public relations specialists, political consultants, psychologists, geographers, urban planners, philosophers, historians, linguists, directors of nonprofit organizations and government agencies, experts on disabilities, writers, journalists, educators, public administrators, international relations specialists, sociologists, and anthropologists to name examples of career paths.


Students in LLSS degree programs take seminars and classes, as well as distance learning courses and classes that combine classroom and distance learning. Our departments and programs also offer experiential learning through internships, field experiences, service learning, and study abroad. Throughout the College classroom learning is combined with community outreach and global engagement.


LLSS faculty members are internationally recognized experts dedicated to excellence in research in the humanities, social sciences, and interdisciplinary studies. Their research, publications, presentations, grants and creative work address changing social, cultural, economic, and educational issues in dynamic, creative and innovative ways. 


LLSS is proud of our state of the art technology, research facilities, classrooms and studios.


Snyder Memorial houses the new facilities for the Departments of Political Science and Public Administration and Geography and Planning including newly renovated laboratories for the analysis of geographic information systems (GIS), digital cartography, remote sensing, transportation analysis/planning, location analysis/planning, community development, and environmental impact analysis/planning. The programs in European Studies, Global Studies, and Urban Studies are also located in Snyder Memorial.


The recently renovated Memorial Field House is the home for the Department of English Language and Literature and the Department of Foreign Languages. The facility includes the media driven Foreign Language Learning Lab, used for listening to digital audio, working on class projects, reading books, and magazines in foreign languages, and watching foreign language films and live and pre-recorded international programming. The Memorial Field House also includes the Aureole Press, a letterpress imprint established in 1989, devoted to crafting books and broadsides of serious contemporary poetry by both new and acclaimed authors in finely printed limited editions.


Rocket Hall houses the Department of Communication’s Media Services facility. There is a high definition television studio, radio production lab, electronic field production facilities, and scripting and digital editing bays.


Scott Hall is an historic building completed in 1935 by the Work Projects Administration and first serving as the president's home. Currently, it is the home for the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies and houses the programs in Law and Social Thought and American Studies. It is also the site of the new Center for Religious Understanding.


Tucker Hall is the setting for the Department of History. Originally constructed as faculty apartments, Tucker Hall was converted into offices in the 1970s and renovated in 1989 making the building fully accessible while artfully retaining the charm of Tucker Hall's office suites, spiral staircases and gothic doors. Today, the entire facility has wireless access, several large computer labs, and a state-of-the-art mediated classroom.
University Hall is home to the College of Languages, Literature and Social Sciences offices as well as the Departments of Communication, Economics, Psychology, Sociology and Anthropology and Women and Gender Studies. University Hall also houses the Africana Studies program, the Asian Studies program, the Disability Studies program and the Master of Liberal Studies program. University Hall is the focal point of the Bancroft Campus of the University of Toledo. University Hall, completed in 1931, was the first building on Bancroft Campus. It was designed to incorporate the best design elements of universities in Europe and reflects Collegiate Gothic architectural style.


I hope you will explore all that the College of Languages, Literature and Social Sciences has to offer you. Please contact our College Office at (419) 530-2164 or the UT Office of Admissions at (419) 530-8888 or (800) 5TOLEDO for further information. I look forward to seeing you.

Last Updated: 6/26/15