Divisions & Units - Social Sciences

A scholar’s take on Starbucks, anti-bias training and the Berkeley experiment

April 30, 2018

When Starbucks announced plans to conduct anti-bias training at its 8,000 outlets following the unprovoked arrests of two African-American customers in Philadelphia, UC Berkeley psychologist Rodolfo Mendoza-Denton was at once impressed and skeptical. Read more...

L&S Units A-Z

The College of Letters & Science supports an impressive array of learning opportunities, evident in the departments, programs, centers, majors, minors, and instructional support units below.

Cal Museums: The Public, the Cryptic, the Pioneering

April 20, 2018
You may be aware that UC Berkeley has an impressive number of libraries (32 to be exact), but did you know that there are 12 museums/collections associated with the university as well? Many of these museums have curators who are also faculty in the College of Letters & Science, and many of our students end up working or volunteering with these collections. Cal Day is tomorrow (April 21), so in preparation, let’s take a look at what some of these hidden gems have to offer!

Pollen expert Roger Byrne of geography has died at the age of 77

April 11, 2018
Roger Byrne passed away peacefully, surrounded by family, at his home in Berkeley on March 11, 2018. Roger began his career as professor in the Geography Department at U.C. Berkeley in 1973 after finishing his Ph.D. at the University of Wisconsin. He established the Quaternary Paleoecology Lab and was an Associate Curator with the UC Museum of Paleontology.

Three L&S faculty win Guggenheim fellowships

April 11, 2018

Shari Huhndorf, chair and professor of Native American Studies; Nicolas Tackett, associate professor of East Asian Studies; and Fei Xu, professor of psychology are among this year’s 175 John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation fellows. The prestigious annual Guggenheim fellowships recognize scholars with impressive past achievements who show promise for future accomplishments in fields ranging from the natural sciences to the creative arts. 

Study asks why students with more to gain from charter schools are less likely to apply

April 3, 2018
Low-achieving, non-white and poor students stand to gain the most academically from attending charter schools but are less likely to seek charter school enrollment than higher-achieving, more advantaged students who generally live closer to charter schools, according to research conducted by UC Berkeley economist Christopher Walters.

Poor grades tied to class times that don't match our biological clocks

March 29, 2018
It may be time to tailor students’ class schedules to their natural biological rhythms, according to a new study from UC Berkeley and Northeastern Illinois University.

Students to build partnerships in 'alternative break' in Puerto Rico

March 23, 2018
Ethnic Sudies undergraduates Pablo Paredes and Camila Ruiz are spending their spring break in Puerto Rico as part of Alternative Breaks, a program in Berkeley’s Public Service Center that gives more than 100 students each year a chance to explore social justice issues through hands-on service during their winter and spring breaks.

Four inspiring faculty honored as Distinguished Teachers

March 16, 2018

Four faculty members, including two from L&S, are singled out this year for one of UC Berkeley’s highest honors, the Distinguished Teaching Award.

Saba Mahmood, scholar of modern Egypt, loses battle with cancer

March 13, 2018
UC Berkeley anthropology professor Saba Mahmood, a scholar of modern Egypt, died on March 10 of pancreatic cancer.