AT A GLANCE
 

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A QUICK LOOK AT UCI'S RECENT RANKINGS ON A NUMBER OF SCALES PROVIDES EVIDENCE OF WHAT MANY OF US ALREADY KNOW TO BE TRUE - UCI IS ABSOLUTELY ON FIRE AND IS THE PLACE TO BE!

 


 

 

 

 

 

 


 

And as the largest academic unit on the Irvine campus, the School of Social Sciences plays a major role in driving the university’s success. Led by a standout faculty and superb staff, the school supports more than 7,000 Anteaters in highly ranked undergraduate and graduate degree programs. With more than 25 of all UCI graduates leaving campus with a degree from the social sciences, our alumni - numbering more than 58,000 Anteaters strong - take their world-class education across the globe as they make their mark in courtrooms, boardrooms, classrooms, and entrepreneurial endeavors.

Learn more within the following facts about everything the School of Social Sciences encompasses. And if you find yourself wanting to take a deeper dive into what makes us great, reach out. We’d love to connect!

 


 

soc sci by the numbers (2021)
 

 

16

 

 

RESEARCH INSTITUTES
& FACILITIES

 

 

9

 

 

TOP-RANKED
DEPARTMENTS

 

 

13

 

 

UNDERGRADUATE
DEGREE PROGRAMS

 

 

12

 

 

MASTER'S & Ph.D. PROGRAMS

 

 


 

The UCI School of Social Sciences faculty and staff are committed to providing the highest quality research and educational experience. Among the school’s 169 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 - 8 fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, 22 UCI Distinguished Professors, 6 UCI Chancellor’s Professors, and 6 UCI Endowed Chairs. Since the school’s founding, there have been 2 National Medal recipients among the faculty.

Diversity is paramount to the School of Social Sciences’ success.

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 70 staff members whose years of service range from a few months to more than 30 years, averaging into 12.7 years spent within the UC system.

 


 

 

noteworthy faculty (2021)
 

22  distinguished professors

15  academy members

8  aaas fellows

6  endowed chairs

6  chancellor's professors

2  national medalists

 

 


 

 

research excellence (2020-21)

$5.3 million

extramural research funding received

experienced staff (2021)

12.7 years

average years of staff service in UC system

 


 

 

undergraduate and graduate degree programs

 

anthropology

anthropology
(B.A., M.A., Ph.D.)

cognitive sciences

cognitive sciences
(B.S., M.S., Ph.D.)

economcis

economics
(B.A., M.A., Ph.D.)

global studies

global studies
(M.A., Ph.D.)

language science

language science
(B.A., M.A., Ph.D.)

political science

political science
(B.A., M.A., Ph.D.)

psychology

psychology
(B.A., B.S.)

public policy

public policy
(M.P.P.)

sociology

sociology
(B.A., M.A., Ph.D.)

 

 


 

 

gradute program rankings
 

#08

 

anthropology
National Research Council

#19

 

cognitive sciences
U.S. News & World Report

#24

 

economics
U.S. News & World Report

#01

 

logic & philosophy of science
Philosophical Gourmet Report

#21

 

political science
U.S. News & World Report

#09

 

sociology
U.S. News & World Report

NEW FALL 2020

 

global studies
 

NEW FALL 2020

 

language science
 

 
Social sciences graduate programs are highly ranked. Of the school’s U.S. News & World Report ranked programs, all four earned top 25 spots among public U.S. universities and top 50 rankings overall:

  • Economics, 24th among public universities, 47th overall
  • Political science, 21st among public universities, 41st overall
  • Psychology, 19th among public universities, 36th overall
  • Sociology, 9th among public universities, 20th overall

The National Research Council and Center for a Public Anthropology ranked anthropology 8th, and the Philosophical Gourmet Report ranked all subfields within logic & philosophy of science in the top ten:
 

 
#1
Philosophy of Mathematics
 
 
 

 
#1 (tie):
General Philosophy of Science
 
 
 

 
#1 (tie):
Decision Theory, Game Theory, Rational Choice & Formal Epistemology
 

 
#3 (tie):
Philosophy of Physics
 
 
 

 
#3 (tie):
History of Analytic Philosophy
 
 

 
#4 (tie):
Mathematical Logic
 
 

 
#10 (tie):
Philosophy of Biology
 
 

 
#10 (tie):
Philosophy of Social Science
 
 

 
New among the school’s graduate programs: Ph.D. programs in global studies and in language science.

 


 

 

outstanding students

Students are the lifeblood of the university and nowhere on campus is that more true than in social sciences. The school houses 6 of the campus’s top 25 most popular undergraduate majors - business economics, political science, psychology, sociology, economics, and international studies - and hosts award-winning programs including the Dean’s Ambassadors Council, Mock Trial, the Summer Academic Enrichment Program, the Diversity, Inclusion, and Racial Healing Ambassador Program, the Deconstructing Diversity Initiative, and the First Gen, First Quarter Challenge. With help from the Dean’s Leadership Society and Alumni Network, the school also supports outstanding students in UCDC and the Summer Undergraduate Research Program.

Graduate students in social sciences have an excellent track record of publishing in their fields’ top journal and securing external research funding from prestigious organizations ranging from the National Science Foundation and National Institutes of Health to the Russell Sage, Wenner-Gren, and Ford Foundations.

Social sciences Ph.D. recipients are widely sought by 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.
 

 


 

 

school-sponsored student programs
 

 


 

 

student enrollment (2012-2021)
 

undergrad
 
master's
 
ph.d.
 

 


 

 

a closer look at uci soc sci's incoming undergraduate class (2021)
 

1,026

 

uci soc sci first-years

830

 

transfers

47%

 

first-generation

37%

 

underrepresented minority students

 

UCI set a new record this year as nearly 134,000 students applied for fall 2021 admission. A total of 107,939 aspiring first-year students applied for fall, an increase of more than 10,000 from last year.
 
Another 25,936 applications came from transfer students, the second-highest number among UC campuses. The Irvine campus was also the top UC choice for in-state, first-generation students for the third consecutive year, with 47 percent of its California-resident applications coming from students who will be the first in their families to attend college.Overall, UCI was No. 2 in the UC system for in-state applications from both underrepresented minorities and low-income families.

 


 

 

 

2021 student enrollment
 

 

 

 


 

 

total soc sci alumni (2021)
 

 

58,800

 

27%

 

of UCI's class of '21 are
social sciences alumni
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