The People College

Our mission is to advance research on people, engage new generations of scholars, and share discoveries with the community through public education and outreach.

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In the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, we study people and their interactions with each other and the world. Our faculty and students are working to understand and find answers to the major issues of our times, including political conflict, privacy, and climate change.

Undergraduate Impact and Engagement

With more than 30 SBS majors to choose from, our students can explore a range of subjects from ancient philosophy to artificial intelligence.

SBS students receive a broad-based liberal arts education and engage in hands-on learning. They cultivate skills in critical thinking, problem solving, communication, and technology. Skills that help them stay future-proof and shape the world.

Competitive Graduate Programs

The College of SBS has a portfolio of competitive and highly ranked graduate programs. Nine of our graduate programs are nationally ranked in the top 25, including a top 5 anthropology program, the top 2 creative nonfiction program, and the number 1 political philosophy program.

Visionary Faculty

Whether it is conducting research on gun violence or writing poetry about science, our world-class faculty are illuminating the human experience and working to understand the world’s most entrenched problems. They share that expertise with our students – in the classroom and through shared research experiences.

Our dedicated faculty include 16 Regents’ Professors, three MacArthur “genius” award winners, and numerous Fulbright and Guggenheim fellows. We also recently hired world-renowned linguist Noam Chomsky!

Connecting with Our Community

As part of a land grant university, the College of SBS is committed to sustained community engagement. We currently have a variety of educational events, lifelong learning courses, and community partnerships.