The Social Sciences Collegiate Division (SSCD) is home to the undergraduate curriculum in the social sciences at UChicago, a program of course offerings designed to immerse students in the full range of social science inquiry. Students explore the conceptual frameworks, theories, and methods essential to understanding the social, economic, political, cultural, and psychological phenomena that organize human communities. This encounter with foundational ideas is defined by an open and critical exchange of ideas, the practice of careful reading, precise writing, and engaging debate. The SSCD also hosts interdisciplinary majors and course clusters, experiential learning programs, and undergraduate research opportunities.
The Social Sciences core sequences use different methods, theories, and concepts to inquire into what is social. Framed to spark robust questioning and uphold an open exchange of ideas, SOSC courses are seminar style classes, which introduce students to foundational works in the social sciences.
The Civilization core sequences focus on the historical development of world civilizations. Structured by the study of primary archival materials, these seminar style courses teach students to write and analyze historical narratives and arguments.
With Course Clusters, College students can focus the elective courses they take to gain a better understanding of specific topics—like climate change, economic history, or inequality—by studying them through the lens of such diverse disciplines as geophysical sciences, art history, and public policy.
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