Divisions & Units - Social Sciences

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.

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

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

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.

Birds, bees and other critters have scruples, and for good reason

May 23, 2017
Humans are not the only species to show a strong work ethic and scruples. UC Berkeley psychology researchers have found evidence of conscientiousness in insects, reptiles, birds, fish and other critters.

First year of grade school sharpens kids' attention skills

May 10, 2017
The first year of elementary school markedly boosts a child’s attentiveness, according to new research from UC Berkeley and the Max Planck Institute in Germany.

Student mom Natalie Ruiz achieves her Berkeley dream, and shines

May 11, 2017
Majoring in sociology, studying abroad, joining student clubs, even learning to salsa dance. Natalie Ruiz was eager to see how much she could pack into two years at UC Berkeley when she arrived as a transfer student in fall 2013. Then, three weeks into first semester, 21-year-old Ruiz discovered she was pregnant. “My first thought was, ‘I’m going to drop out; there’s no way I can do school pregnant and with a child,’ ” she says. “I couldn’t envision my graduation from Berkeley anymore.” But this Sunday, May 14, Ruiz, now 25, will receive her diploma from the Department of Sociology, her 3-year-old daughter, Clara, beside her. Not only will she graduate with high honors and a 3.97 GPA, but she’ll give her department’s undergraduate commencement speech.