The School of Social Sciences has an enormous diversity and range of research and
instructional enterprises and is distinguished by its multi-disciplinary approach
to research discovery and training. The school is also committed to the diversity
of its graduate student body, and has dedicated faculty mentors who focus on our intellectual
and social climate.
The school’s open atmosphere allows for easy interaction between students and faculty.
Globally recognized for its excellence, the faculty include 11 members of the American
Academy of Arts and Sciences and the National Academy of Science, as well as cutting-edge
junior scholars whose work is creating new fields, from cognitive robotics to the
anthropology of virtual worlds. The doctoral programs rank at the top of their fields;
an achievement due in no small measure to the quality and commitment of the school’s
graduate students. Indeed, graduate research is front and center of the agenda. Working
with the school’s distinguished faculty, graduate students have seized the opportunity
to shape their fields.
Research in the social sciences ranges from basic, pure research to applied, action-oriented
research. From findings that will change how disabled veterans receive care and action-oriented
policy contributions aimed at creating community park space for health awareness,
to explorations of the interconnections made possible by Internet technologies and
their impact for international security, cultural transformation, the arts and education,
faculty and graduate student research makes an impact on the communities the university