About SSHA

About the School of Social Sciences, Humanities and Arts

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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

Professor Chris Kello

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: January 2018

Questions: Please contact Christine Howe.