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History

The College of Behavioral, Social and Health Sciences officially launched on July 1, 2016, focused on becoming a national and international leader in solving the problems faced by individuals, families, communities and societies. 

Schools and departments from three colleges joined to form the new College:

With this diverse and unique combination of departments and schools, the College will 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-connected world. The College's work will be vital to Clemson’s land-grant mission, strategic vision, and global impact.

The College is led by Brett Wright, who has served Clemson as interim dean of the College of Health, Education and Human Development and chair of the Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management.

The Clemson University Board of Trustees approved the creation of the College at its October 2015 meeting, part of an overall academic reorganization. The College joins six other colleges: Agriculture, Forestry and Life Sciences; Architecture, Arts and Humanities; Business; Education; Engineering, Computing and Applied Sciences; and Science. 

The academic reorganization is part of Clemson’s Clemson Forward 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.