As the largest academic unit on campus, the School of Social Sciences faculty and staff are committed to providing the highest quality research and educational experience. The school’s distinguished faculty includes:

  • 9 fellows of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences
  • 5 members of the National Academy of Sciences
  • 1 member of the National Academy of Education
  • 4 fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science
  • 10 UCI Distinguished Professors
  • 6 UCI Chancellor’s Professors
  • 4 UCI Endowed Chairs

Of the school’s eight departments, all rank in the top of their respective fields nationally.

The school’s research and programs are supported by national and private foundations, state and local governments, and private donors.

Alumni include educators, psychologists, company CEOs and chief operating officers, lawyers, doctors, political consultants, politicians and community relations advisors.

The school’s successful outreach programs benefit children from preschool to high school.

Social sciences sponsors free community lectures featuring distinguished political and public figures. Past speakers have included scientists, senators, ambassadors and governors. Learn more about upcoming speaking engagements and events.


Degrees Awarded (Summer 2016-Spring 2017)

Bachelor’s 1598
Master’s 92
Doctorates 62


Degree Programs Offered

Anthropology B.A., M.A., M.S., Ph.D.
Business Economics B.A.
Chicano/Latino Studies B.A.
Cognitive Sciences B.S.
Demographic and Social Analysis M.A.
Economics B.A., M.A., Ph.D.
International Studies B.A.
Mathematical Behavioral Sciences M.A., Ph.D.
Philosophy B.A., M.A., Ph.D.
Political Science B.A., M.A., Ph.D.
Psychology B.A., M.A., Ph.D.
Public Policy M.A.
Quantitative Economics B.A.
Social Policy & Public Service B.A.
Social Sciences M.A., Ph.D.
Sociology B.A., M.A., Ph.D.


Students (Fall 2017)

Undergraduate Students 6,576
Masters 20
Doctorates 415


Faculty (Fall 2017)



Alumni (Fall 2017)



Staff (Fall 2017)




American Academy of Arts & Sciences
David Easton, 1962*
R. Duncan Luce, 1966*
Harry Eckstein, 1970*
Jack Peltason, 1981*
George Sperling, 1992
David Malament, 1992
A. Kimball Romney, 1994
Brian Skyrms, 1994
Penelope Maddy, 1998
Bernard Grofman, 2001
Donald Saari, 2004
Vicki Ruiz, 2012
Ruben Rumbaut, 2015

National Academy of Sciences
R. Duncan Luce, 1972*
George Sperling, 1985
A. Kimball Romney, 1995
Brian Skyrms, 1999
Donald Saari, 2001
Barbara Dosher, 2011

National Academy of Education
Ruben Rumbaut, 2013

American Association for the Advancement of Science
Tom Boellstorff, 2016
Bill Maurer, 2016
Donald Saari, 2000
Brian Skyrms, 2004


Distinguished Professors
Harry Eckstein, 1980*
David Easton, 1982*
R. Duncan Luce, 1988*
George Sperling, 1992
Brian Skyrms, 1997 (philosophy) and 1999 (lps)
David Malament, 1999
Donald Saari, 2000
Penelope Maddy, 2007
David Snow, 2011
Barbara Dosher, 2012
Vicki Ruiz, 2013
Frank D. Bean, 2015
Ruben Rumbaut, 2015

Chancellor's Professors
Jan Brueckner
George Marcus
Kristen Monroe
David Neumark
Charles Ragin
Judith Treas

UCI Endowed Chairs
Bernard Grofman, 2008, Professor of Political Science, Jack Peltason Chair
Mizuko Ito, 2010, Professor of Informatics and Anthropology, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Chair in Digital Media and Learning     
Etel Solingen, 2013, Thomas T. and Elizabeth C. Tierney Chair in Global Peace and Conflict Studies
Stergios Skaperdas, 2013, Clifford S. Heinz Chair


National Medal of Science
Duncan Luce, 2003*

National Humanities Medal
Vicki Ruiz, 2014


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