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College of Social and Behavioral Sciences

The National Research Center ranks six College of Social and Behavioral Sciences departments in the top 20 in their respective fields. 

Human beings weave a complex fabric that composes something we call "society".  The College of Social and Behavioral Sciences (SBS) focuses on the understanding of human beings and the societies and cultures they create.  Understanding human behavior by looking at our brains, language, history, governments, environment, and social norms is one of the keys to social change. 

SBS is home to many popular majors and houses more than 50 of the general education courses that are taught by SBS faculty.  Faculty in SBS research real-world problems, ranging from homelessness in Tucson and food security in the third world, to the causes of depression and the preservation of Native American languages.  The interdisciplinary nature of many of our units makes for a dynamic and well-rounded educational experience.


Primary Address: The University of Arizona
P.O. Box 210028
Tucson, Arizona
United States
Mailing Address: 1100 University Blvd
200W Douglass Bldg
Tucson, Arizona
United States
Phone: (520) 621-1112
Fax: (520) 621-9424


  • The College of Social and Behavioral Sciences is home to some of the University of Arizona's most prestigious programs. Anthropology, communication, geography and development, linguistics, philosophy, sociology, and Latin American history are all ranked in the top 20 in the country.
  • Renowned faculty includes: 3 MacArthur Fellows, 10 Regents' Professors, and 2 University Distinguished Professors.
  • In SBS, there are many opportunities for hands-on experience: students can help produce newspapers, participate in archaeological digs, assist with research projects, participate in Votesmart or do a legislative internship, and work with criminal justice and social service agencies.
  • SBS has several unique centers/programs, including the world-class Philosophy of Freedom Center, one of the only Native American Linguistics and Languages Master's programs in the country, and the only journalism program in the U.S. that regularly publishes a bilingual newspaper for a community.
  • SBS continues to develop interdisciplinary new programs and curriculum. For instance, the new School of Government and Public Policy offers a unique combination of policy-oriented courses and provides training for students interested in government, politics and public policy.


List of Degrees Awarded

  • Anthropology: B.A., M.A., Ph.D. (dual Ph.D. available with Linguistics and Near Eastern Studies)
  • Latin American Studies: B.A., M.A., (Ph.D. minor). Also offers dual degree programs in Journalism, Law, Public Health and Public Administration
  • Communication: B.A., M.A., Ph.D.
  • Gender and Women\'s Studies: B.A., M.A., Ph.D. (also joint M.A./J.D)
  • Geography and Development: B.A. in Geography, B.S. in Geography, B.S. in Development, M.A. in Geography, Ph.D. in Geography
  • History: B.A., M.A., Ph.D.
  • Information and Library Science: MA., Ph.D.
  • Journalism: B.A., M.A. (dual M.A. available with Latin American Studies and Near Eastern Studies)
  • Judaic Studies: B.A., Graduate Certificate
  • Linguistics: B.A., M.A. (M.A. also available in Native American Linguistics and Languages, and M.S. in Human Language Technology); Ph.D. (joint Ph.D. available with Anthropology)
  • Mexican American and Raza Studies: B.A., M.A. (a joint M.A in Mexican American Studies and Public Health is also available)
  • Near Eastern Studies, B.A., MA., Ph.D. (they also offer a dual M.A. in Near Eastern Studies and Journalism, a dual M.A. in Near Eastern Studies and Library Science, and a dual Ph.D. in Near Eastern Studies and Anthropology)
  • Philosophy, B.A., M.A., Ph.D.
  • School of Government and Public Policy: B.A., M.A., Ph.D. in Political Science, B.S. in Public Management and Policy, M.P.A. - Master's in Public Administration, (joint M.A. in Public Administration and J.D. degree, and joint M.A. in Public Administration and Latin American Studies), M.A. in International Security (online)
  • Sociology: B.A., M.A., Ph.D.

Notable Alumni

  • David Dewhurst, Lt. Governor of Texas, History
  • Richard Gilman, former publisher of the Boston Globe, Journalism
  • Savannah Guthrie, co-host of the NBC Today Show, Journalism
  • Dan Hicks, sportscaster for NBC, Journalism
  • Woody Johnson, owner of the NY Jets, History
  • Jon Kyl, U.S. Senator, Government
  • Jim Kolbe, former U.S. Representative, Political Science

Degrees Offered

American Indian Studies
Anthropology: Archaeological Sciences Emphasis
Anthropology: Human Biology Emphasis
Care, Health & Society
Creative Writing
Criminal Justice Studies
English - Available at Multiple Locations
Environmental Studies
Food Studies
Gender & Women's Studies: Chicana & Latina Studies Emphasis
Gender & Women's Studies: General
Gender & Women's Studies: Queer, Trans & Sexuality Studies Emphasis
Geographic Information Systems Technology
Geography: Geographic Information Science Emphasis
Geography: Physical Geography Emphasis
Geography: Water, Environment & Society Emphasis
History - Available at Multiple Locations
Information Science & Arts
Information Science & eSociety
Information Science & Technology
Journalism: Broadcast Journalism Emphasis
Journalism: General Journalism Emphasis
Journalism: Global Journalism Emphasis
Judaic Studies
Latin American Studies
Linguistics: Academic/Professional Linguistics Emphasis
Linguistics: General Linguistics Emphasis
Linguistics: Linguistics & Languages Emphasis
Mexican American Studies
Middle Eastern & North African Studies
Philosophy, Politics, Economics & Law
Philosophy: Ethics Emphasis
Philosophy: General
Political Science: American Politics Emphasis
Political Science: Comparative Politics Emphasis
Political Science: Foreign Affairs Emphasis
Political Science: General
Political Science: Ideas & Methods Emphasis
Political Science: International Relations Emphasis
Political Science: Law & Public Policy Emphasis
Public Management & Policy
Urban & Regional Development