The mission of the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences is to advance research on people, engage new generations of scholars, and share discoveries with the community through public education and outreach.
We are home to more than 20 schools, departments, research units and outreach centers. Our programs are some of the most highly ranked in the country, with a collective research prominence rivaling that of the best public higher education institutions in the country. The College of Social and Behavioral Sciences is proud to serve a vital function in the State of Arizona as well as in the Southwest and US more broadly.
Undergraduate Impact and Engagement
Each year we serve more than 6,000 undergraduate students through our 27 bachelor's programs, and award about 1,300 undergraduate degrees. We build on our strong tradition of high-quality undergraduate education in ways that serve the ever-changing undergraduate student population of Arizona and beyond, while simultaneously introducing capable, skilled employees to the workforce.
Competitive and Highly Ranked Graduate Programs
Excellence in our graduate programs is critical to the nation’s social, cultural, and economic progress, and we support a portfolio of competitive and highly ranked graduate programs. Eight of our graduate programs are nationally ranked in the Top 25. We have about 1,300 graduate and professional students in our master’s, Ph.D., and graduate certificate programs.
Research-intensive faculty provide professional development opportunities for students and advance ground-breaking partnerships with our communities. More than 20 faculty have been designated as Regents’ Professors, and among our ranks are also five Distinguished University Professors, three Distinguished Outreach Professors, and numerous Fulbright fellows, MacArthur “genius” award winners, and others recognized for their extraordinary contributions to scholarship and human understanding.
Connecting with Our Community
We understand that true educational excellence requires cooperative relationships between research, graduate education and undergraduate education, as well as collaboration and partnerships with those outside our institution. For these reasons, a commitment to sustained community engagement is central to our mission as "The People College."