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Subject: Social Sciences at UC Santa Cruz

Date: February 24, 2017

I am happy to hear of your interest in the Social Sciences Division at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Should you be admitted to the university, I want to make sure you have the information you need to make an informed choice about the social sciences at UC Santa Cruz.

UC Santa Cruz offers a nationally recognized, comprehensive liberal arts and sciences curriculum. We were ranked fourth in the world in research impact (Times Higher Education University Rankings, 2016), and we were also recently rated as one of the top best-value public universities in the nation (U.S. News & World Report, 2015). The campus offers over 65 majors across five divisions, flexibility to meet special interests, and opportunities for undergraduate student research.

Majors in the Division of Social Sciences receive a comprehensive and rigorous education that prepares them for a productive career and/or further academic pursuits. Within the division there are a number of programs with distinct areas of focus: anthropology, business management economics, cognitive science, economics, education (minor), environmental studies, global economics, global information and social enterprise studies (minor), Latin American and Latino studies, legal studies, politics, psychology, and sociology. Students may also combine majors to reflect personal interests and interdisciplinary pursuits.

Social Sciences faculty are conducting cutting-edge research in their fields, frequently involving students in their work. Our research centers include the Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems; the Chicano/Latino Research Center; the Center for Labor Studies; the Science and Justice Research Center; the Center for Analytical Finance; the Blum Center on Poverty, Social Enterprise and Participatory Governance; and the Center for Statistical Analysis in the Social Sciences, to name a few.

Field studies and other for-credit experiential learning opportunities are a specialty of social sciences. Opportunities include:

If you would like to learn more about a Social Sciences Division major, please see, which has information about each of our majors.

Sheldon Kamieniecki
Dean, Social Sciences

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