Divisions & Units - Social Sciences

You Read it Here First: Greatest Hits in Social Science

BooksBelow is a list of some of the most influential and prestigious books and journal articles publshed by UC Berkeley authors in various fields of the social sciences. These selections were offered by the chairs of their respective departments. 

Thriving in Graduate School

The Social Science Graduate Diversity Office can assist current graduate students in a variety of ways to ensure you continue to thrive. Contact the office directly to inquire about these specific programs.

Getting Ready for Graduate School

It's never too early to begin preparing for graduate school. In fact, many of the choices you make throughout your time as an undergraduate will influence your readiness for graduate studies. UC Berkeley offers these tools and opportunities to help you make the most of your undergraduate experience.

Demystifying the Application Process

Applying to graduate school can be a formidable process. Improve your chances of securing a spot in the right graduate program by reviewing the following tools and tips to assist you in the application process.

Tips on Writing the Statement of Purpose

Your statement of purpose is the single most important piece of the application.

  1. Things to Keep in Mind
    • Remember that you are writing for an audience who cares about one thing and one thing only: they want to recruit graduate students with a great deal of intellectual promise.

    • Remember that your statement has to stand out among countless others.

    • Don't tell it, show it. That is, don't say how dedicated or committed you are; show it by describing your accomplishments. Use positive language and avoid the passive voice.

Planning Ahead

Ideally you'll want to plan as far ahead as possible. Freshman year in college is not too early.

  • Nurture strong ties with faculty who will know you well enough to write you strong letters of recommendation.

  • Keep all your class papers and research projects in case you need to reproduce them for the professors writing for you.

  • Seek out research opportunities, one-to-one tutorials with professors, summer programs, and job opportunities that fuel your intellectual interest.

  • Maintain a strong GPA.

Identifying Your Schools of Choice

Identify ten schools to which you might apply. Visit the career center in your school and speak with counselors who may help you with university guide books and other resources. Speak with professors in the area of your interest for their recommendations. Look at the overall ranking of the institution as well as the specific ranking of the department. For each institution, identify faculty members with whom you might find an intellectual match.

Finding the Right Social Sciences Graduate Program

Where do your interests lie? Which program is right for you? What is your academic future?

Social Sciences at UC Berkeley. UC Berkeley is home to 12 top-ranking, internationally renowned social science departments, offering a broad range of opportunities.