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 7,150 Anteaters in highly ranked undergraduate and graduate degree programs. With 27.4% of all UCI graduates leaving campus with a degree from the social sciences, our alumni - numbering more than 53,000 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 (2019)
 

 

16

 

 

RESEARCH INSTITUTES
& FACILITIES

 

 

9

 

 

TOP-RANKED
DEPARTMENTS

 

 

19

 

 

UNDERGRADUATE
DEGREE PROGRAMS

 

 

11

 

 

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 162 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 - 7 fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, 21 UCI Distinguished Professors, 2 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 75 staff members whose years of service range from a few months to 32 years, averaging into 11.9 years spent within the social sciences family.

 


 

 

new faculty (2019)
 

 

75%

 

 

female faculty
 

 

 

50%

 

 

underrepresented
minority faculty

 

noteworthy faculty (2019)
 

22  distinguished professors

15  academy members

8  aaas fellows

6  named chairs

2  chancellor's professors

2  national medalists

 

research excellence (2019-20)

$9.2 million

extramural research funding received

experienced staff (2020)

11.9 years

average years of staff service in school

 


 

 

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.)

international studies

international studies
(B.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.)

statistics/psychology

statistics/psychology
(M.S., Ph.D.)

 

planned
programs:

 

audiology

audiology
(AuD., Ph.D.)

communications

communications
(B.A.)

fmri methodology

fmri methodology
(M.A., M.S.)

international & global analysis

international &
global analysis (M.A.)

 


 

 

gradute program rankings

#08

 

anthropology
National Research Council

#19

 

cognitive sciences
U.S. News & World Report

#20

 

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 & international 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, 20th among public universities, 40th 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 gave logic & philosophy of science multiple subfield rankings:
 

 
#1 (tie):
Philosophy of Mathematics
 
 

 
#2 (tie):
Philosophy of Physics
 
 

 
#2 (tie):
Philosophy of Science
 
 

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

 
#4 (tie):
Philosophy of Social Science
 
 

 
#6 (tie):
Philosophical Logic
 
 

 
#10 (tie):
Mathematical Logic
 
 

 
#10 (tie):
Philosophy of Biology
 
 

 
New among the school’s graduate programs this year is language science, the first language science doctoral program in the country.

 


 

 

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 20 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, Global Connect, the Summer Academic Enrichment Program, the Diversity, Inclusion, and Racial Healing Ambassador Program, the Deconstructing Diversity Initiative, the Olive Tree 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
 

dean's ambassadors council

dean's
ambassadors council

deconstructing diversity initiative

deconstructing
diversity initiative

diversity, inclusion & racial healing

diversity, inclusion
& racial healing

first generation, first quarter

first-generation,
first quarter

global connect

global connect
 

mock trial

mock trial
 

olive tree initiative

olive tree
initative

summer academic enrichment program

summer academic
enrichment program

 


 

 

enrollment growth (2012-2020)
 

undergrad
 
master's
 
ph.d.
 

 


 

 

a closer look at uci soc sci's freshmen class (2020)

815

 

uci soc sci freshmen

67.1%

 

female

59.4%

 

first generation

29.8%

 

underrepresented minority students

 

 


 

 

 

Overall enrollment (2020)
 

 

 

 


 

 

total soc sci alumni (2020)
 

 

55,582

 

27.4%

 

of UCI's class of '20 are
social sciences alumni
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