A quick look at UCI’s recent rankings on a number of scales provides evidence of what many of us already knew: UCI is an up-and-coming place to be. At a glance:

  • #1 university in the U.S. under 50, Times Higher Education
  • #1 university that does most for low-income students in terms of access, affordability and student success, The New York Times College Access Index
  • #1 “Coolest School” for sustainability, Sierra Magazine
  • #3 in the nation for awarding bachelor’s degrees to minority students, Diverse Issues in Higher Education
  • #9 best public university in the U.S., U.S. News & World Report
  • #13 U.S. university delivering the best value for your tuition dollar, MONEY Magazine
  • #30 in affordability and quality of education among public colleges, Kiplinger Personal Finance

Within the School of Social Sciences, graduate program rankings are all in the top 50. The most recent program to be evaluated (not all program rankings are done each year) is philosophy, coming from the Philosophical Gourmet Report. UCI philosophy earned a 24th spot this year in the nation with 8 specialty areas - all under the Department of Logic & Philosophy of Science - in the top 10 worldwide:

  • #1 (tie): Philosophy of Mathematics
  • #2 (tie): Philosophy of Physics #2 (tie): Philosophy of Science
  • #4 (tie): Decision Theory, Game Theory, Rational Choice, and Formal Epistemology
  • #4 (tie): Philosophy of Social Science
  • #6 (tie): Philosophical Logic
  • #10 (tie): Mathematical Logic
  • #10 (tie): Philosophy of Biology

“Logic and philosophy of science is a very special program,” says Bill Maurer, social sciences dean. “Besides being at the very top of the field, it is unusual among philosophy programs worldwide in its impressive grants profile and the reach of its work across fields as diverse as physics, biology and finance.”

Recent Academic Analytics data places five of social sciences’ seven departments in the top 10% nationally in terms of scholarly impact, measured by citations. This includes Chicano/Latino studies (measured against all ethnic and area studies programs), economics, logic and philosophy of science, political science and sociology, with sociology and LPS in the top 3%. Economics has been busting through the rankings recently, too: the St. Louis Federal Reserve has ranked it among the top economics departments globally, with eight UCI economists recognized as being among the top 5% in the world.

Other social sciences graduate programs evaluated in prior review cycles include:

  • Anthropology: 8-22 (Center for Public Anthropology & National Research Council; ranked within ranges; individuals rankings not provided)
  • Cognitive Psychology: 16 (U.S. News & World Report)
  • Economics: 46 (U.S. News & World Report)
  • Political Science: 36 (U.S. News & World Report)
  • Sociology: 25 (U.S. News & World Report)

Finally, the School of Social Sciences was recently recognized in Diverse Issues in Higher Education (September 23, 2015) for being #12 nationally in Hispanic undergraduate degree conferrals and #15 in Hispanic master’s degrees awarded.

“Consider the fact that we only opened our doors 50 years ago and that we only departmentalized in the 1990s. Add to this our commitment—and our results—with respect to access and inclusion. You’ll see that the School of Social Sciences epitomizes the UC Irvine story of becoming a world-class research institution to serve and educate the people of California and the world,” Maurer says. “We have a lot to be proud of.”

Check out U.S. News & World Report’s latest graduate program rankings online at http://grad-schools.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/best-graduate-schools.

Click on http://www.publicanthropology.org to learn more about the Center for Public Anthropology rankings.

To view the Philosophical Gourmet Report, visit http://www.philosophicalgourmet.com/overall.asp.

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