Driving transformative solutions to society's most vexing problems.
Sacramento State’s College of Social Sciences and Interdisciplinary Studies (SSIS) supports the diversity and vibrancy of the Sacramento region. Located in the capital city of the fifth-largest economy in the world and with the recent opening of Sac State Downtown, our students are given a unique opportunity to work closely with policymakers and tackle challenging social problems. The dynamic curricula and activities within the College, examine all aspects of human society, through the study of economics, environmental studies, public policy, sociology, women’s studies, and many other programs.
Together, our dedicated faculty, staff, and students are challenging the status quo, affecting change, and advancing public service engagement and leadership. Key to our students’ success is their awareness of culture and community, their scientific thinking and analysis, and their ethical decision-making. These skills and abilities are critical to the prosperity of our community. The College continues to influence discovery, integration, and implementation of the social sciences across the region in programs such as:
Sacramento Semester – This highly competitive program, within the Department of Political Science and open to students from across the CSU system, offers a fully immersive learning experience in legislative processes.
Bioconversion Agricultural Collaborative (BAC) Yard – A living laboratory with contributions from the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences that facilitates interactive learning opportunities, engages in sustainable approaches to managing our natural resources, and provides fresh produce for Sacramento State students experiencing food insecurity.
Social Bridging Project – a partnership with the Governor’s Office, State Department of Aging, United Airlines, and our nationally ranked Department of Gerontology to connect with older adults who are isolated by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Sacramento is home to change-makers where globally influential leaders and innovators set policy that shapes the way the world lives. The College of Social Sciences and Interdisciplinary Studies is uniquely situated to be a driver of transformative solutions to society’s most vexing problems.
On the Rise: The Campaign for Sacramento State, is supporting the College of Social Sciences and Interdisciplinary Studies as it to raise critical funds to:
Secure more scholarship funds that help students access a Sacramento State degree and achieve their dreams.
Transform student learning spaces into living laboratories with practical problem-solving opportunities and applications.
Create a pathway to careers in public service and social justice by expanding our internship and community engagement opportunities.
Scholarship and Student Success
Double scholarship and endowment funds available for current and future students. Scholarships have a direct and immediate impact on a student’s life.
Create more paid internship opportunities for students, giving them chances to earn real-world experience before graduation.
Increase support of vital student support services such as the Cooper-Woodson College Enhancement Program and SSIS Student Success Center, which are committed to ensuring that Sacramento State students of diverse backgrounds succeed.
Expand experiential learning opportunities across the College to ensure that every graduate of the College leaves prepared to enter their chosen field with real-world experiences.
Leadership in Social Justice, Public Service, and Policy
Create a clear pathway to careers in public service and social justice by expanding relationships with potential employers, increasing internships opportunities, and facilitating deeper community engagement for our students.
Position our faculty and students as a resource for state/local government, and nonprofit organizations, offering a trained workforce and high quality, accessible research.
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College of Social Sciences & Interdisciplinary Studies
Scholarships are among the most rewarding ways to give to Sacramento State because they directly impact students’ lives. They also help celebrate and motivate our best and brightest students.