How do we solve major social problems such as international and civil conflict, the detrimental effects of climate change, disputes over immigration, income inequality and poverty, discrimination, nutritional deficiencies in many parts of the world, low voter turnouts, and the soaring cost of higher education? The students, faculty, staff, centers of excellence, and programs in the College of Social Sciences and Interdisciplinary Studies focus on addressing these kinds of problems.
Our students prepare for careers in public service, nonprofit organizations, education, and business through highly effective classroom and experiential learning experiences. The faculty is student-centered, research-active and deeply committed to serving the community, and the college is proud to have a group of outstanding centers that serve the Capitol community and beyond by providing expertise and information. Come join us for an exciting intellectual journey!
The College of Social Sciences and Interdisciplinary Studies is proud of its six active and nationally recognized centers: the Center for California Studies, the Center for Collaborative Policy, Education Insights Center (formerly the Institute for Higher Education Leadership and Policy), the Institute for Social Research, the Archaeological Research Center, and the Archaeological Curation Facility. These centers provide a variety of high-quality services, including the administration of the nationally renowned Capital Fellows Programs, policy conferences and events, facilitation and mediation services for many different kinds of public and nonprofit organizations, K-16 education policy evaluation, measurement and assessment of public opinion and household attitudes and characteristics, and research and curation of historic or sacred archaeological objects. Our centers provide students with many kinds of learning and career development opportunities, engage our faculty in very meaningful ways, and greatly help to inform policy in the state.