The Division of Social Sciences at UC Santa Barbara consists of twelve departments, and numerous thematic clusters, programs and centers, with a mandate for world-class research from a wide range of disciplinary and interdisciplinary perspectives. The Division’s mission has four guiding principles:  1) to generate new knowledge about society, both locally and globally, with an emphasis on issues of pressing contemporary importance; 2) to make this knowledge accessible to diverse publics, with practical contributions to social justice and the common good; 3) to provide undergraduates with first rate Social Science education, which consolidates their critical analytical skills, provides experience-based learning opportunities, and leaves them well-prepared for the job market; and 4) to train the next generation of Social Science scholars, to serve as researchers, professors, and purveyors of specialized knowledge in diverse settings.  

News

Please join the Department of Black Studies and our co-sponsors in honoring Jeffrey Stewart, Professor of Black Studies, for winning the 2018 National Book Award in the nonfiction category for his beautifully written prose in The New Negro: The Life of Alain Locke (Oxford University Press, 2017).

The celebration will be held on Monday, January 14th at the Multicultural Center (5:00pm-7:00pm). 

Father Luis Olivares is a roadmap for the revitalization of the sanctuary movement, said Garcia. He considers the book to be part of his academic contribution to today’s threat against democracy. “[The book] reinforced my own commitment to social justice and standing up in support of people who are being dehumanized,” said Garcia. He hopes his book helps and inspires others to get involved.

During the 2018-19 Academic Year, the Department of Chicana/o Studies will commemorate the 50th Anniversary of El Plan de Santa Barbara with a series of events. We invite the campus and community to join us all year long at colloquia, CHST Reads discussions and our two-day conference in the Winter Quarter. 
 
Save the Date: February 22nd & 23rd

Welcome from the Dean

Charles R. Hale, Dean

Welcome to the Division of Social Sciences at the UC Santa Barbara, home of innovative, interdisciplinary, community-engaged teaching and scholarship. Every one of the many pressing issues facing our society needs rigorous social science research, if we are to achieve the deeper understanding on which enduring and comprehensive solutions must be based. We bring research results to the attention of the civil society organizations, policymakers and the general population; we offer critical perspectives on social, political, and economic issues that confront contemporary society; and we work with communities to craft alternative visions of for bringing about social change toward sustainable social justice. 
 
I invite you to explore all the ways that Social Sciences can help you understand the world around you.

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Charles R. Hale
SAGE Sara Miller McCune Dean of Social Sciences