Divisions & Units - Social Sciences

Newest campus building a hub for ‘healthy futures’

October 15, 2018

With a snap of the traditional big scissors, Chancellor Carol Christ formally opened Berkeley Way West, UC Berkeley’s newest academic building. The eight-story building will house the Department of Psychology, Graduate School of Education, and School of Public Health.

Meet our new faculty: Steven Piantadosi, psychology

October 2, 2018

Steven Piantadosi, who received his Ph.D. from MIT, is joining the faculty as an assistant professor of psychology.

Meet our new faculty: Celeste Kidd, psychology

September 25, 2018

Celeste Kidd, who received her Ph.D. in brain and cognitive sciences from the University of Rochester, is joining the faculty as an assistant professor of psychology.

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.

Executive Dean Carla Hesse to return to teaching

September 18, 2018

Vice Chancellor and Provost Paul Alivisatos annouces that after serving in senior administrative roles within the College of Letters and Science (L&S) for a decade, Carla Hesse will return to her full-time faculty position after the completion of her terms next summer. A talented and versatile leader with a fervent belief in the power of a liberal arts education, Carla has served as executive dean of L&S since 2014 and as dean of its Division of Social Sciences since 2009.

Science of happiness moves to the workplace

September 6, 2018

The number of Americans quitting their jobs for better opportunities is reportedly the highest it’s been since 2001, and surveys show that more than half cite the need for more stimulation, meaningful work, engagement and recognition. But what if employers and employees were to make those improvements in their existing workplaces? UC Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center is working on that.

Why we stick to false beliefs: Feedback trumps hard evidence

September 4, 2018

Ever wonder why conspiracy theorists stick to their beliefs in the face of overwhelming evidence to the contrary? New findings from UC Berkeley psychologists suggest that feedback, rather than hard evidence, boosts people’s sense of certainty when learning new things or trying to tell right from wrong.

They didn’t think they could afford Berkeley; African American Initiative made it possible

August 22, 2018

Intended global studies major Desmarie Jackson was among the 27 students who are the first recipients of the new African American Initiative Scholarship, made possible by an anonymous $1 million  donation. Through the scholarships, administered by the San Francisco Foundation, each student will receive $8,000 annually. “It built the bridge that made going to Berkeley possible,” Desmarie said.

New students, new year at UC Berkeley — in photos

August 20, 2018

Read profiles of some of Berkeley's diverse 8,800 incoming students — including intended psychology, music, and history majors.