About Berkeley Social Sciences

Empowering Leaders, Shaping Innovation 

Explore and transform the world at Berkeley Social Sciences. Our 15 top-ranked academic departments and programs offer a unique academic journey led by renowned faculty, who help shape a profound understanding of human interactions. As the largest academic division at UC Berkeley, we provide unparalleled opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students to examine wide-ranging issues – from individual identity to the intricacies of democratic principles and the global marketplace. As the heartbeat of UC Berkeley, Social Sciences educates tomorrow's leaders, catalyzes groundbreaking research and accelerates the transformative power of higher education. Our proud legacy includes renowned economists, psychologists, sociologists, entrepreneurs and more – changemakers who leave indelible marks on society. Notable alumni include Phoenix Suns minority owner Jahm Najafi, Federal Reserve governors Lisa Cook and Adriana Kugler, Council of Economic Advisers Economist Sandile Hlatshwayo, U.S. Executive Director of the World Bank Adriana Kugler, etc. They are among many other transformational alumni, who are making significant contributions in fields as diverse as business, government, nonprofits, economics, technology, healthcare, etc. Join us on this incredible journey to shape our shared future.