Four programs in the College of SBS – communication, library and information science, public administration, and geography – rank in the top 20 in the country, top 50 globally. Faculty also contribute to the university's top ranking in water resources.
Four programs in the UArizona College of Social and Behavioral Sciences have been recognized in the 2020 Academic Ranking of World Universities by academic subjects, published by ShanghaiRanking Consultancy.
UArizona earned high marks in the areas of communication (No. 20 globally, No. 15 in the U.S.); library and information sciences (No. 21 and No. 16); public administration (No. 41 and No. 17), and geography (No. 49 and No. 11).
In addition, the University of Arizona ranked No. 1 in the U.S. and No. 2 globally in the area of water resources, an area that scholars in the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences contribute to.
The Shanghai ARWU subject rankings score more than 4,000 global universities across 54 subjects in five categories (natural sciences, engineering, life sciences, medical sciences and social sciences) based on the number of papers authored by an institution in an academic subject, the ratio of citation of papers published to the average citations of papers in the same category, the number of papers published in top journals, the amount of international collaboration and the total number of staff members that have won significant awards.