Divisions & Units - Social Sciences

Rare audio of indigenous languages saved a century later

August 8, 2017
UC Berkeley researchers have begun to preserve rare audio of indigenous California languages thanks to a new, non-invasive technology — bringing us a step closer to understanding the area’s oldest cultures.

Hey Siri, an ancient algorithm may help you grasp metaphors

June 27, 2017
New UC Berkeley research suggests that Siri and other digital helpers could someday learn the algorithms that humans have used for centuries to create and understand metaphorical language.

Dementia patients may die sooner if family caregivers are mentally stressed

June 26, 2017
Patients with dementia may actually die sooner if their family caregivers are mentally stressed, according to a new UC Berkeley study.

Berkeley scholar's two books on U.S. politics earn high honors

June 20, 2017
Eric Schickler, a leading scholar of American politics and chair of UC Berkeley’s Department of Political Science, is receiving four awards from the American Political Science Association for two books he wrote about U.S. politics that were published in 2016.

Dressmakers found to have needle-sharp 3D vision

June 13, 2017
Haute couture can be credited for enhancing more than catwalks and red carpets. New research from UC Berkeley suggests that the 3D or “stereoscopic” vision of dressmakers is as sharp as their needles.

Puberty hormones trigger changes in youthful learning

June 1, 2017
A UC Berkeley study of mice reveals, for the first time, how puberty hormones might impede some aspects of flexible youthful learning.

Improving Your Chances for Admission

  • Contact professors with whom you'd like to work. Show that you have knowledge of their work, and express your own interest along those lines.

  • Contact the graduate diversity coordinator. Introduce yourself by giving a personal and academic account of who you are and why you'd like to pursue graduate school.

Arts & Humanities: Alberto Ledesma

Summer Research Opportunities in NSF-SBES Schools

Many of the schools participating in the NSF-SBES alliance offer summer research opportunities for undergraduates. Taking advantage of such programs can make you a more attractive candidate for graduate school. Use the links below to explore these programs and obtain more information.

University of California, Berkeley
Summer Research Opportunity Program

Graduate Diversity Director: Ira Young

Divisions of L&S

Arts & Humanities

The division seeks to inspire students to seek for truth and explore creative ideas about our world and its diverse cultures through courses in literature, arts, languages, and philosophy.

Born into Middle East conflict, new graduate goes back to make change

May 23, 2017
Feras Fahed Abushaar grew up in Kuwait knowing precisely the damage that conflict could cause. Both his Syrian father and Palestinian mother had lost their homelands to war. The family television blared dire news daily, until one day he grabbed the remote and changed the station. That moment becomes a powerful symbol for his life going forward — seizing opportunity and helping bring about change. As the student speaker at the International and Area Studies graduation last week, Abushaar told that story as part of a strong statement about UC Berkeley’s place as a force for empowering positive change in the world.