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

With enormous pleasure and a considerable sense of pride, we are pleased to announce that our own Jeffrey Stewart has won the National Book Award for his The New Negro: The Life of Alain Locke.  Please join us in extending hearty congratulations to Jeffrey for this richly deserved and incredibly exciting achievement.  

Helios Interactive Technologies co-founder Michael Schaiman BA '98 kicks off Silicon Valley Gaucho Networking Night with a talk at the University Club of Palo Alto on December 4, 2018

Professor Mario García’s biography of Father Luis Olivares illuminates the birth of the sanctuary movement in Los Angeles, and is the subject of an upcoming talk at the Interdisciplinary Humanities Center. Thursday, Nov. 29 at 4 p.m. in the McCune Conference Room, 6020 HSSB

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