The School of Social and Behavioral Sciences serves approximately 5,000 undergraduate majors (4,000 online and 1,000 in person) and 1,800 Masters students (1,700 online and 100 in person). Students in SSBS are 53% Pell-eligible, 64% first generation, and 43% racial and ethnic minority. The School has over 80 full time faculty, 15 undergraduate degrees, 8 Master’s level programs, and a PhD program. We are a research-oriented School, and our priority is the discovery of new knowledge in all of our degree areas, including: Communication, Conflict Resolution, Political Science, Psychology, Forensic Psychology, Sociology, Social and Behavioral Sciences, Social Data Science, and Social Justice and Human Rights. We offer minors and certificates in such areas as Public Relations and Strategic Communication, Sociocultural Anthropology, and Diversity and Equity Studies. Students are encouraged to participate in faculty-student collaborative research projects, to explore cross-cultural and global perspectives, to employ advanced technology, and to apply what they have learned in community-based internships.
A founding premise of the school is that the study of human behavior, social institutions, and culture can be best understood through interdisciplinary perspectives that integrate diverse intellectual and methodological systems of inquiry. Through challenging coursework, the students and faculty of SBS seek to understand how the human mind works, how we communicate with one another, how and why we organize into social and political groups as it relates to vital causes and issues, and ultimately how we make sense of our world and the many places we occupy within it. Members of our School are committed to excellence in teaching and research, and SBS is proud of the accomplishments of our faculty, students, and graduates.
The School of Social and Behavioral Sciences is one of the schools within ASU’s New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences. More information about the School can be found at https://newcollege.asu.edu/ssbs and more information about the New College can be found at https://newcollege.asu.edu.
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