School of Social Sciences


The School of Social Sciences houses the following departments and programs:
  • Anthropology
  • Counseling
  • Criminology and Criminal Justice Studies
  • Environmental Studies and Planning
  • Geography
  • Gerontology
  • Global Studies
  • History
  • Human Development
  • Liberal Studies Ukiah Program
  • Linguistics
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Women's and Gender Studies

The School of Social Sciences is the largest School at SSU, with more than 2,000 students enrolled in classes. Faculty come from some of the best schools in the country, including Yale, Harvard, Cornell, Berkeley, Princeton and MIT.

Social justice and equality priorities are integrated into all teaching and learning experiences.

The School houses the Archeological Studies Center, whose staff and interns undertake almost $2 million in annual contracts for their work throughout the state.

Many alumni of the School serve the public as elected officials, developing public policy through work as senators, congresspeople on and city councils. Students and alumni develop sustainable programs for cities throughout the state.

Graduates have been chosen to lead social service organizations serving children and families, the elderly, animal care and homelessness, among many others.