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About Us

Here in the UCI School of Social Sciences, it is our mission to create positive change in society, economies, and human well-being by breaking down traditional barriers and pushing the limits in teaching, research, and service. Led by a standout faculty and superb staff, our School supports an outstanding and diverse group of Anteaters in highly ranked undergraduate and graduate degree programs. With over a quarter of all UCI graduates leaving campus with a degree from Social Sciences, our alumni take their world-class education all around the globe as they boldly make their mark in courtrooms, boardrooms, classrooms, and entrepreneurial endeavors.

Please feel free to take a look around our page to learn more about everything the School of Social Sciences has to offer.
 


 

Dean's Welcome

 

Welcome from Bill Maurer, Dean of Social Sciences

Join Bill Maurer, Professor of Anthropology and Dean of Social Sciences, as he welcomes our new Anteaters to UCI!


 

SSUSA Welcome Video

 

Welcome from Social Sciences Student Affairs

Join the Social Sciences Student Affairs Office as they welcome you to UCI, and learn a little bit more about the services that their office provides to our Soc Sci Anteaters.


 

Campus Honors Collegium

 

Introduction to Social Sciences for
Campuswide Honors Students

Join undergraduate academic advisor Kurt Hessinger as he explains a little bit about what the School of Social Sciences has to offer for students in UCI’s Campuswide Honors Collegium.


 

Department Videos

 

Welcome to the Department of Anthropology

Join Assistant Professor of Teaching & Undergraduate Director Ian Straughn, Ph.D, as he introduces you to the Department of Anthropology at UCI.
 

Welcome to the Department of Chicano/Latino Studies

Join Associate Professor & Undergraduate Director Glenda Flores, Ph.D, as she introduces you to the Department of Chicano/Latino Studies at UCI.
 

Welcome to the Department of Cognitive Sciences (B.S. Cog Sci)

Join Professor & Undergraduate Director Michael Lee, Ph.D, as he introduces you to the B.S. Cognitive Sciences major in the Department of Cognitive Sciences at UCI.
 

Welcome to the Department of Cognitive Sciences (B.S. Psych)

Join Undergraduate Director Dr. Christine Lofgren as she introduces you to B.S. Psychology major in the Department of Cognitive Sciences at UCI.
 

Welcome to the Department of Economics

Join Associate Teaching Professor & Undergraduate Director Brian Jenkins, Ph.D, as he introduces you to the Department of Economics at UCI.
 

Welcome to the Department of Global & International Studies

Join Assistant Professor Yousuf Al-Bulushi, Ph.D, as he introduces you to the Department of Global & International Studies at UCI.
 

Welcome to the Department of Language Science

Join Assistant Professor Gregory Scontras, Ph.D, as he introduces you to the Department of Language Science at UCI.
 

Welcome to the Department of Political Science

Join Professor & Undergraduate Director Martin Wattenberg, Ph.D, as he introduces you to the Department of Political Science at UCI.
 

Welcome to the Social Policy & Public Service Major

Join Associate Dean & Professor of Teaching, Jeanett Castellanos, Ph.D, as she and a few of our amazing students introduce you to the Social Policy & Public Service major at UCI.
 

Welcome to the Department of Sociology

Join Professor Andrew Penner, Ph.D, as he introduces you to the Department of Sociology at UCI.
 


 

5 Things I Love About My Major

 

Anthropology Major

Join UCI student Jason Britt (Class of 2021) as he talks about the 5 things he loves most about the Anthropology major.
 

Chicano/Latino Studies Major

Join UCI student Natalie Espanta (Class of 2021) as she talks about the 5 things she loves most about her Chicano/Latino Studies major.
 

Cognitive Sciences Major

Join UCI student Taylor Ashqar (Class of 2022) as she talks about the 5 things she loves most about her Cognitive Sciences major.
 

Economics Major

Join UCI students Olivia He (Class of 2022) and Jessica Zhou (Class of 2021) as they talk about the 5 things they love most about their Economics majors.
 

International Studies Major

Join UCI student Marymar Vacio (Class of 2021) as she talks about the 5 things she loves most about her International Studies major.
 

Political Science Major

Join UCI student Christine Oh (Class of 2021) as she talks about the 5 things she loves most about her Political Science major.
 

Psychology Major

Join UCI students Waylen Oshiro (Class of 2021) and Iris Reyes (Class of 2021) as they talk about the 5 things they love most about their Psychology majors.
 

Social Policy & Public Serivce Major

Join UCI student Kristi Ryono (Class of 2022) as she talks about the 5 things she loves most about her Social Policy & Public Service major.
 

Sociology Major

Join UCI student Catherine Lacsamana (Class of 2021) as she talks about the 5 things she loves most about her Sociology major.
 


 

Student Experiences in Social Sciences

 

Student Experiences in Social Sciences - Tahlia Garza

Join Sociology major Tahlia Garza (Class of 2021) as she talks about her experiences as a student in Social Sciences.
 


 

Student Experiences in Social Sciences - Cecily Montanez

Join Anthropology major Cecily Montanez (Class of 2021) as she talks about her experiences as a student in Social Sciences.
 


 

Social Sciences Tour Video

 

On-Campus Tour of Social Sciences

Join our Peer Academic Advisors, Karen & Sam, as they take you on a tour of the Social Sciences wing of our beautiful UCI campus!
 


 

Social Sciences Opportunities & Resources

 

Opportunities & Resources in Social Sciences

Join our Social Sciences Peer Academic Advisors as they talk a little bit about all the opportunities and resources available to students in the School of Social Sciences.
 


 

Social Sciences Peer Academic Advisors

 

Peer Advising in Social Sciences

Explore a day in the life of a Peer Academic Advisor in Social Sciences and learn more about all the ways that they assist our students in their UCI journeys!
 


 

Intro to the SSARC

 

Introduction to the Social Sciences Academic Resource Center (SSARC)

Learn more about the services offered by one of our best resources for Social Sciences students - the Social Sciences Academic Resource Center (SSARC)!
 


 

Dean's Ambassadors Council (DAC)

 

Introduction to the Dean’s Ambassadors Council (DAC)

Join SSARC Program Coordinator Patrick del Rosario and Dean’s Ambassadors Council members Nora Beik, Emily Ha, and Thu (Tammy) Nguyen as they introduce you to all the ways that you can get involved and help to build a better Social Sciences community as a part of the DAC.
 


 

Global Connect @ UCI

 

The Global Connect Experience

Join Mayra Chang (Class of 2021) as she discusses the role that the Global Connect program in the School of Social Sciences has played in her UCI journey.
 


 

First-Generation First Quarter Challenge

 

Social Sciences First-Generation, First Quarter Challenge

Join SSARC Program Coordinator Patrick del Rosario, along with students Vanessa Torres and Kevin Si, as they share with you a little bit about our mentorship program for newly admitted first-generation students in Social Sciences: the First-Generation, First Quarter Challenge!
 


 

 

 

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