About the Division of Social Sciences

Fast Facts

Dean: George R. Mangun
Faculty Members: 200
Undergraduate Student Majors: 6,600
Graduate Students: 500
2012-2013 Philanthropic Contributions: $3.86 million
2012-2013 Research Awards: $18 million

2013 US News and World Report Rankings* 

Economics: 32
History: 27
U.S. Colonial History: 9
Political Science: 23
Comparative Politics: 15
Political Methodology:15
Psychology: 21
Sociology: 31
Sex and Gender: 10

*most recent rankings
Additional rankings are available at www.ls.ucdavs.edu.

Notable Faculty Achievements

Guggenheim Fellowship: Charan Ranganath
American Association for the Advancement of Science fellows: John Capitanio and Steven Luck
Distinguished Scientific Contributions to Media Psychology Award: Dean Simonton
2012 IZA Young Labor Economist Award: Scott Carrell
Annaliese Maier Research Award: Jeffrey W. Sherman
American Academy of Arts and Sciences members: Robert Huckfeldt and Susan Mann
National Academy of Sciences member: Sarah Blaffer Hrdy
Charles P. Nash Award: Robert May
Pulitzer Prize: Alan Taylor

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  • Anna Escobedo Cabral, B.A., Political Science, ’87, United States treasurer, 2005-09
  • Josh “DJ Shadow” Davis, B.A., Rhetoric and Communications, ’95, chart-topping DJ/musician
  • Delaine Eastin, B.A., Political Science, ’69, former state schools superintendent, four-term California Assembly member, UC Davis Medal recipient
  • Larry Fahn, B.A., Rhetoric, ’76, former president of the Sierra Club
  • Karen Joy Fowler, M.A., Political Science, ’74,  author of The Jane Austen Book Club, Sarah Canary, We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves and other acclaimed books.
  • Jeff Gorell, B.A., History, ’92, attorney, commander and intelligence officer in the U.S. Navy Reserve and former California Assembly member
  • Gus Lee, B.A., Political Science, ’69, J.D., ’76, author of critically-acclaimed novel China Boy
  • Angel Martinez, B.A., Rhetoric, ’77, co-founder, Reebok USA, CEO, Deckers Corp.
  • Tim McCarthy, B.A., Economics and International Relations, ’73, former president of Charles Schwab and Co., former CEO and chair of Nikko Asset Management and author of The Safe Investor
  • Grant Rosenberg, B.A., Political Science and Communications, ’74, Hollywood executive and writer
  • Jackie Speier, B.A., Political Science, ’72, member of U.S. Congress
  • David Hurst Thomas, B.A., ‘67, MA, ‘68, Ph.D., ‘71, Anthropology, curator, American Museum of Natural History, National Academy of Sciences member
  • Ann Veneman, B.A., Political Science, ’70, former executive director of UNICEF and former Secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture

About the College of Letters and Science

The College of Letters and Science is the largest of the schools and colleges, in the UC’s most comprehensive university. The college is made up of three divisions encompassing the broadest offering of disciplines at UC Davis: Humanities, Arts and Cultural Studies, Mathematical and Physical Sciences, and Social Sciences. The college’s 650+ faculty members teach the core curriculum for virtually all 23,000 undergraduate students in the university as well as mentoring thousands of graduate students pursuing more than 50 fields of interest in the college.