Humanities & Social Sciences Residential College | LSU Residential Life

Humanities & Social Sciences

The Humanities & Social Sciences Residential College (HSSRC), located in Residential College One - North Hall (starting Fall 2019), is open to first-year students of all majors in the College of Humanities & Social Sciences. The HSSRC focuses on intercultural communication and global awareness, and is for students who share a common curiosity about other peoples, places, perceptions, and perspectives.

In addition to being a part of the on campus community and Residential College Complex community, students in the Humanities & Social Sciences Residential College also benefit from these unique opportunities provided in this living-learning community:

  • Live and take classes, sometimes in the res halls in the community, with their peers in HSSRC, creating a smaller network within the larger LSU campus
  • Have priority scheduling for some courses
  • Network with faculty members and college administrators
  • Access to in-community tutoring and faculty office hours
  • Learn about different career opportunities within each major offered and also intercultural communication in a global context
  • Experience diverse thoughts, people, experiences and places
  • Expand communication skills and understanding of global events and issues
  • Encouragement to study abroad


Requirements and Eligibility

To participate in the Humanities & Social Sciences Residential College in Residential College One - North Hall, students must:

  • Be a first-year student with a declared major in the College of Humanities & Social Sciences, including pre-law
  • Enroll in at least two courses offered through HSSRC in both the fall and spring semesters 
    • All HSSRC students will be required to take UNST 1001: Research Methods in the Humanities & Social Sciences. This is a one-hour "university preparedness" course offered through the residential college and taught by the rector. This course will count as one of the two required HSSRC offered courses that semester.
    • Contact Maya Galathe, academic counselor, at or 225-578-3141 for scheduling assistance
  • See the complete list of requirements here. 


Application and Room Assignments

  • Eligible students should select the Humanities & Social Sciences Residential College as their housing preference on the housing application.
  • Residential College staff reviews the applications for eligibility as they are received and notifies residents of their acceptance into the program throughout the spring.
  • HSSRC residents can search for potential roommates in the online housing portal in January and will begin making room selections in April.
  • For housing application and room assignment information, please contact Res Life at 225-578-8663.
  • For Humanities & Social Sciences Residential College eligibility information, please contact HSSRC staff listed below. 


Residential College One - North Hall

Residential College One - North Hall provides everything students need to be successful: offices where Humanities & Social Sciences faculty advisors hold office hours, a classroom, multiple group and individual study spaces, outdoor courtyards, and modern two-student, suite-bathroom style rooms in a great location on the west side of campus. 



Brianne Painia HSSRC Rector

Brianne Painia
Humanities & Social Sciences Residential College
Faculty Rector

South Hall Staff

Ramo Stott
South & West Halls
Residence Life Coordinator