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School of Social Sciences, Humanities and Arts

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Humanities and Social Science Degree Programs

The School of Social Sciences, Humanities and Arts (SSHA) is dedicated to providing depth within a broad range of outstanding undergraduate and graduate programs that prepare students for varied roles as responsible, informed citizens and leaders. Research and academic programs encourage intellectual growth; preparation of students for marketable, challenging careers and professions; the values of lifelong learning; and civic responsibility, public service and understanding in a global society.

SSHA serves regional, state, national and international communities as a multi-interdisciplinary partner within a research-intensive public university committed to innovative and substantive research, excellent teaching and student-focused learning. 

Learn More About Taking Social Science Classes in College and The Benefits of Studying Humanities

The SSHA students at UC Merced have a unique opportunity to connect directly with faculty in a small classroom setting - typically an experience found only at private colleges. The collaborative atmosphere opens up numerous opportunities for students to partner with faculty members who are at the cutting edge of their fields on a number of undergraduate research topics. We offer research and academic programs in Anthropology, Cognitive Science, English, Political Science, Sociology and more.

At SSHA, you'll have the opportunity to: