Social Policy and Public Service, B.A.
Jeanett Castellanos, Director
2231 Social Science Plaza B
The major in Social Policy and Public Service (SPPS) provides an interdisciplinary perspective on the study of policies and society at the individual and group levels. Students can select one of three focus areas while completing their upper-division work: (1) Education, (2) Governance, or (3) Health. The curriculum emphasizes social welfare, social structures, and public policy to facilitate in-depth analysis of complex social issues while generating real-world skills and application capacities. Centered in a scientist-practitioner model, field placements at local non-profit and government agencies, community action research, and internships offer valuable experiential learning that promotes critical decision-making and problem-solving skills.
The curriculum for the major exposes students to various social science methods and topics, teaching applied computer-based research and statistical analyses; internship experiences in community, public, and educational organizations; and a more in-depth understanding of social science research and methodology. To ensure competency in a specific area of interest, students choose one of three focus areas: (1) Education, (2) Governance, or (3) Health.
All students must meet the University Requirements.
All students must meet the School Requirements.
Requirements for the Major
School requirements must be met and must include 15 courses (60 units) as specified below. Students must take all required courses for the major for a letter grade.
|A. An understanding of the fundamental concepts, analytical tools, and methods of social science:|
|SOC SCI 1A||Principles in the Social Sciences|
|SOC SCI 2A||Introduction to Social Science Analysis|
|SOC SCI 3A||Computer-Based Research in the Social Sciences|
|B. One course in Introduction to Social Policy and Public Service:|
|SOC SCI 40||Social Policy and Public Service|
|C. One course in Cultural Competency:|
|SOC SCI 70C||Comparing Cultures|
|or SOCIOL 63||Race and Ethnicity|
|D. One course in Leadership:|
|SOC SCI 181A||Ethical Leadership|
|E. Two courses in Research Methods:|
|SOC SCI 102A||Introduction to Geographic Information Systems in Social Sciences|
|SOC SCI 170A||Research Methods in the Social Sciences|
|F. Three quarters of Field Studies:|
|SOC SCI 193A- 193B- 193C||Field Studies in Social Policy and Public Service |
and Field Studies in Social Policy and Public Service
and Field Studies in Social Policy and Public Service (must be taken consecutively)
|G. Four units of off-campus internship experience:|
|SOC SCI 194A||Public Service Internship|
|H. Functional Focus: 12 units in one of the following areas:|
|Multicultural Education in K-12 Schools|
|Ethics and Education|
|Reading and Writing Enrichment for After-School Programs|
|Changing the High School Experience|
|Educational Research and Evaluation|
|Foundations of Education|
|Interdisciplinary Topics in Education|
|Special Topics in Educational Policy and Issues|
|Economics of Education|
PSYCH 141J-PSYCH 141K-PSYCH 141L
|Introduction to Contemporary Middle East Politics|
|Revolution in Latin America|
|Cuban Society and Revolution|
|American Metropolitan Politics|
|The Politics of Protest|
|Latinos in U.S. Politics|
|Comparative Minority Politics|
|African American Politics|
|The United States Congress|
|U.S. Immigration Policy|
|Urban Politics and Policy|
|Game Theory and Politics I|
|Game Theory and Politics II|
POL SCI 137B
|U.S. Foreign Policy I: Globalism and Cold War|
|Voting and Political Manipulation|
POL SCI 171A
|American Constitutional Law|
|Law in the Twenty-First Century|
|U.S. Supreme Court|
|Special Topics in Public Law|
|Non-Government Organization (NGO) Fundamentals|
|Introduction to Contemporary Middle East Politics|
|Politics, Power, and Society|
|Immigration and Social Policy|
|Race, Gender, and Science|
|HIV/AIDS in a Global Context|
|Chicano/Latino Social Psychology|
|Special Topics in Health, Medicine, and Psychosocial Dynamics|
|Psychology of Sleep and Consciousness|
|African American Psychology|
|Social Psychology of Networks|
NOTE: Certain special topics courses may be applicable to this major; students should see their undergraduate advisor prior to enrolling in a special topics course to ensure that it meets the requirements. SOC SCI 184A Sage Leader Research I-SOC SCI 184B Sage Leader Research II may not be used to satisfy school requirements.
The honors program allows majors to engage in research leading to the completion of an honors thesis. The topic for the honors thesis, reflecting a social science theme, is determined by the student in consultation with a faculty advisor. In addition to satisfying the requirements for the major, honors program participants must complete additional course work as specified below.
The honors program is composed of three four-unit courses: SOC SCI H190A Honors Research Workshop, SOC SCI H190B Honors Thesis Research, and SOC SCI H190C Honors Thesis. Satisfactory completion of the honors thesis course also satisfies the upper-division writing requirement. The honors program is open to all junior and senior Social Policy and Public Service majors with an overall GPA of 3.20 and a 3.50 GPA in at least five Social Science courses.
The schedule of courses for the honors program is as follows:
- During the spring quarter of the junior year or the summer prior to the senior year, students formally apply to the honors program through the School of Social Sciences Undergraduate Student Affairs Office.
- In the fall quarter of the senior year, students enroll in SOC SCI H190A. This course ends with each student writing a research plan for the honors thesis. Students also select a faculty mentor who has agreed to supervise the research and evaluate the final version of their honors thesis.
- In the winter quarter of the senior year, students enroll in SOC SCI H190B, attend class and work with their faculty mentor, who supervises and evaluates data collection and analysis.
- In the spring quarter of the senior year, students enroll in SOC SCI H190C, attend class and work with their faculty mentor to complete the final version of their honors thesis.
The International Honor Society in Social Sciences is the oldest and preeminent honor society in the social sciences with over 150 active chapters in the United States and overseas. The mission of Pi Gamma Mu at UC Irvine is to foster and honor superior scholarship in the Social Sciences and to encourage cooperation and social service among its members. The organization champions its members to pursue further education in their field and provides information and opportunities to help them achieve students achieve their professional goals. Its mission is to encourage and recognize superior scholarship in social science disciplines and to foster cooperation and social service among its members. For more information, call 949-824-9229.