In 1997, the College of Arts and Sciences was established as one of the main colleges of the University of Sharjah. The College was split up into two colleges in 2009/2010: College of Sciences and College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences (CAHSS). CAHSS strives to promote national identity and consolidate the awareness of Arab and Islamic culture, offer effective teaching and learning in the fields of arts, humanities and social sciences, provide university students in all majors with general cultural and educational knowledge, achieve excellence in research at both national and regional levels and meet the needs of the local community.
CAHSS offers six full-time Bachelor programs in Arabic Language and Literature, Foreign Languages, History and Islamic Civilization (with two tracks: History and Islamic Civilization and Tourist Guide) Sociology, International Relations. A further program, BA in Early Childhood, is in the pipeline; it is expected to be offered upon the completion of necessary academic procedures. At the graduate level, the College offers four MA programs in Arabic Language and Literature, Translation, History and Islamic Civilization, Applied Sociology, in addition to a Professional Diploma in Teaching. CAHSS also offers three Ph.D. programs: Applied Sociology, Arabic Language and Literature and History and Islamic Civilization. All these programs are accredited by the UAE Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research. In addition, preparations are underway to offer an M.A. program in Criminology and Criminal Justice and two new Ph.D. programs, one in Criminology and Criminal Justice, the other in Translation and Linguistics. CAHSS houses a number of smart classrooms, auditoriums and labs including the criminology scene lab, the English language and translation labs and computer labs which are adequately equipped with modern educational technologies. The number of students currently registered in CAHSS stands at (2129) of which (376) are enrolled in graduate programs. As such, CAHSS is considered the largest in the University of Sharjah in terms of number of graduate students.
The College's congenial community of highly experienced faculty, highly motivated students, and supportive administrative staff is geared towards building creative thinkers, effective professionals, and responsible individuals.