The Division of Social Sciences offers students a rich, interdisciplinary understanding of society, culture, economy, politics, ethnicity, and gender. Students in the Division participate actively in seeking solutions to pressing national and global problems. They have an opportunity to study vital issues such as globalization; the link between science, technology, and human affairs; modes of conflict and communication within and between societies; and how the economy is affected by governmental decisions. The skills and knowledge that Social Science undergraduates receive will prepare them for a variety of careers and enable them to become engaged community members and active citizens upon graduation.
In addition to the traditional social science disciplines—Anthropology, Communication, Economics, Political Science, and Sociology—the Division hosts a number of interdisciplinary programs, including Asian American studies, Black Studies, Chicana and Chicano Studies, Feminist Studies, and Global and International Studies. The Division is also home to the Exercise and Sport Studies program and the department of Military Science. Visit departmental websites by using the quick links menu bar above.
The Division encourages cross-disciplinary explorations that link the social sciences to the humanities and fine arts, the physical and natural sciences, and engineering. To find our more about interdisciplinary majors, undergraduate research, and special College-wide programs (UC Washington Center Program, UC Center in Sacramento, Freshmen Seminars, and the College Honors Program), visit the College of Letters and Science Student Academic Affairs website.
The primary role of the College of Letters and Science Advising Office is to support the academic welfare of students in the College. College advising staff can provide information about choosing a major, guidance with long-range curriculum planning and general education requirements, and advice on study abroad programs. Students may also contact individual academic departments for advice about specific major and minor programs and requirements.
The Division also offers several diverse graduate programs where students receive extensive educational, research, and professional training that prepares them for a variety of careers, including academia. To find out more, visit our Graduate Student resource page.
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The Division of Social Sciences offers several diverse graduate programs where students receive extensive educational, research, and professional training that prepares them for a variety of careers, including academia. Departments offering Ph.D. degrees are Anthropology, Economics, Chicana and Chicano Studies, Communication, Political Science, and Sociology. The Global and International Studies program also offers a Master of Arts. Students may pursue one of several interdisciplinary Ph.D. emphases in Global Studies, Human Development, Language, Interaction, and Social Organization, Quantitative Methods in the Social Sciences, Technology and Society, and Women’s Studies.
Our nationally and internationally recognized scholars teach and mentor graduate students to make new discoveries, offer critical perspectives, and establish alternative visions. Students from a wide variety of fields are brought together through interdisciplinary research centers, interdepartmental programs, and graduate community events. The Division also works closely with Departments, the Graduate Division, and Institutional Advancement to support and promote graduate student teaching and research.