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.  

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Why is building a wall on our southern border a waste of tax dollars? We discuss broad trends in communication and transportation infrastructure over the last fifty years to understand why physical obstacles may perform only symbolic, political needs in this age of migration.

  • Youssef Benzarti

Get to know Youssef Benzarti, assistant professor in UC Santa Barbara's Department of Economics. 

With major gift for social science research, Louise and Stephen Pahl aim to foster interdisciplinary solutions to array of societal challenges.

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