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Social Sciences

[For more information on the Social Sciences Graduate Program at UC Merced please visit the Social Sciences website]


Social Sciences is a currently approved emphasis under the Individual Graduate Program (IGP).  This graduate emphasis offers students individualized training and the opportunity to help build a unique, interdisciplinary research community. Graduate study within Social Sciences is organized in the emphasis tracks of public health and sociology. Students are educated in a particular discipline, but have the opportunity to engage in interdisciplinary research and collaboration if they so desire. Graduate study at UC Merced will involve working closely with one or more professors, so prospective applicants should carefully consult the faculty within their desired discipline for more information on current research topics.

Program Learning Outcomes

  1. A comprehensive, graduate-level understanding of processes, theories, and empirical regularities in the student’s chosen track (anthropology, economics, political science, or sociology).
  2. Competency with contemporary social science methods used to conduct rigorous social scientific research.
  3. Effective scientific communication skills, especially the ability to convey complex concepts and information in a clear and concise manner.
  4. The ability to initiate and conduct independent research that makes an original contribution to knowledge of a quality that can be published in a peer reviewed outlet.


Last Updated: June 2016