The School of Social Sciences, Humanities and Arts (SSHA) serves regional, state, national and international communities as a multi-interdisciplinary partner within a research-intensive public university committed to innovative and substantive research, excellent teaching, and student-focused learning.
SSHA is dedicated to providing depth within a broad range of outstanding undergraduate and graduate programs that prepare students for varied roles as responsible, informed citizens and leaders. Research and academic programs encourage intellectual growth; preparation of students for marketable, challenging careers and professions; the values of lifelong learning; and civic responsibility, public service and understanding in a global society.
SSHA will be an intellectual leader within and beyond the University of California through innovation based in core multidisciplinary strengths and interdisciplinary collaboration and problem-solving to meet challenges, address changing needs and facilitate social responsibility and understanding of society.
Opportunities for SSHA Students
As a student at the first new American research university of the 21st century, you will be exposed to a unique learning environment with relatively small classrooms and a highly interdisciplinary atmosphere.
Our new university provides the opportunity for direct interaction with SSHA faculty members — an experience typically found only in private colleges, but at a public school price.
In SSHA, you will be able to:
- Study diverse realities and complex social issues;
- Research social institutions and cultural systems and the effects they have on societies;
- Understand the world by examining its past and exploring its future;
- Use the latest technology to investigate human thought, behavior and interactions; and
- Appreciate diverse cultures by learning about and taking part in their creative expressions
You'll develop highly transferable skills, such as:
- Decision-making: Through an understanding of history, politics, economics and society, learn to make sound, informed decisions.
- Communication: Learn to communicate ideas effectively in oral and written form.
- Self and society: Examine the world’s cultures through study of its languages, experiences and expressions.
- Scientific literacy: Apply the technology and quantitative tools utilized in the world’s leading industries and learn how to communicate scientific knowledge to broad audiences.
- Leadership and teamwork: Through involvement with individuals across disciplines, learn the skills necessary to function as part of a team and work cooperatively with a wide variety of people.
There are also numerous opportunities for undergraduate research experience with faculty members who are studying topics at the cutting edge of their fields.
Last Updated: June 2016