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About the Division of Social Sciences

The Science of Society: Research, Teaching and Service
in the Public Interest

About Us Header ImageTen departments, six interdisciplinary degree programs, and numerous minors and research units make up UC San Diego’s Division of Social Sciences. Together, we focus on some of the most pressing and important issues of our time – doing work that matters, now and for the long term. Founded in 1986 with the goal of increasing interdisciplinary collaboration, our division celebrates the diversity of ideas and of peoples. We take seriously our mission to educate citizens of the future. We are committed to serving society.

Division at a Glance

Five of the university’s top ten majors and almost half of all undergraduate degrees awarded at UC San Diego are in the social sciences.

Dean’s Message

The challenges that confront us today are enormously complex, and the solutions will be neither simple nor easy. The social sciences play a key role in addressing these challenges – by working with scientists and scholars from the full range of the university’s disciplines and by keeping in mind our public mandate.