Noteworthy. Social sciences is about us. All of us, in all our diversity and at every level of scale, from the organization of the neurons in the brain to the planetary flows of goods, people, data and money that make up and transform humanity's adventure. It's no wonder then that social sciences is the largest academic unit on campus, with faculty and staff committed to the most high impact educational experiences for all our students and the most transformational research across all our areas of expertise.

an exceptional crew

Among the school’s 164 distinguished faculty are 15 academy members - 9 fellows of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 5 members of the National Academy of Sciences, and 1 member of the National Academy of Education - 4 fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, 10 UCI Distinguished Professors, 7 UCI Chancellor’s Professors, and 4 UCI Endowed Chairs. Since the school’s founding, there have been 2 National Medal recipients among the faculty.

Diversity is paramount to the school’s success and social sciences is proud to highlight its efforts to recruit and retain female and underrepresented minority faculty.

Assisting in the organizational efforts that keep the school on its successful trajectory are 87 staff members whose years of service range from a few months to 44 years, averaging into 12.4 years spent within the social sciences family.

female faculty
minority faculty

extramural research
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outstanding students

Students are the lifeblood of the university and no where on campus is that more true than in the social sciences.

The school houses 6 of the campus’s top 20 most popular undergraduate majors - business economics, political science, psychology, sociology, economics, and international studies - and award-winning programs like Mock Trial, which is consistently ranked among the top teams in the nation; Global Connect, which has reached more than 8,000 OC high school students and more than 400 UCI undergraduate and graduate interns (of note: 2 out of every 3 participating undergrads have gone on to attend graduate school or become educators and 6 former interns have received Fulbright scholarships); and the highly successful SAEP - Summer Academic


Enrichment Program which boasts a 95% UCI graduation rate (also of note: 2 out of every 3 of SAEP’s 400 alumni have graduated from or are currently enrolled in master’s and doctoral programs, law school, teaching credential and other professional programs).

Graduate education in social sciences is top notch with all programs ranking in the top 50. The school’s Ph.D. recipients are widely sought by prestigious universities, government organizations and large corporations including Harvard, London School of Economics, Michigan, Northwestern, Notre Dame, Princeton, Rutgers, UCLA, University of Wisconsin, U.S. Census Bureau, U.S. Department of the Treasury, Mind Research Network, Amazon, and Google, to name a few.


incoming soc sci undergrads (2017)

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total soc sci alumni count


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