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School of Social Sciences Records (University of California, Irvine)
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This collection documents the UC Irvine School of Social Sciences. Most of the records come from the Dean’s Office, specifically from the tenure of Dean William Schonfeld (years). Included in the collection is correspondence sent and received by Dean Schonfeld and other administrators; annual reports; reviews; budget records; and many a files documenting the teaching and administrative functions of the school. The collection has documentation on the academic units and programs within the school, which includes information about the faculty, undergraduate and graduate programs, committees, scholarships and fellowships, and teaching. It contains information on how the school worked with other departments and offices within UC Irvine, such as the Executive Vice-Provost’s Office and academic units. There are also six photographs.
The School of Social Sciences began as the Division of Social Sciences when the University of California, Irvine (UCI) was founded in 1965. Its first dean, James G. March, was appointed in 1964. He created an interdisciplinary program free of individual departments, enabling faculty to pursue scholarly interests beyond the constraints of departmental borders. Dean March referred to his program as the "New Social Science," a mathematically oriented discipline that involved systematic observation, interpretation, and quantitative analysis of human behavior. While many students worked toward a degree in social science, they also had the option of majoring in traditional social science disciplines: anthropology, economics, geography, political science, psychology, and sociology. The innovative structure of the school set it apart from other programs. It attracted many notable scholars, many of whom became members of the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Among these were David Easton, Harry Eckstein, R. Duncan Luce, William Schonfeld, and A. Kimball Romney. While Dean March favored a non-departmental structure for the school, Dean William Schonfeld, who took office in 1982, found that the lack of departments was not practical for the growing school. The success of the early non-departmental structure of the school is attributed to its relatively small size and to the fact that the separate social science disciplines were passing through a revolutionary period during which their traditional boundaries and methodologies were being challenged. Increasing enrollments and other considerations prompted Dean Schonfeld to establish traditional departments for the school. As of 2016, the School of Social Sciences was home to eight departments, including Anthropology, Cognitive Science, Chicano and Latino Studies, Economics, Linguistics, Logic and the Philosophy of Science, Political Science, and Sociology. Its academic programs included Demographic and Social Analysis, International Studies, Mathematical Behavioral Sciences, Political Psychology, Public Choice / Political Economy, Social Networks, Transportation Science, and a Summer Academic Enrichment Program. Outside of the classroom, students and faculty were provided research opportunities in coordination with centers like the California Census Research Data Center, the Center for Citizen Peacebuilding, and the UCI Interdisciplinary Center for the Scientific Study of Ethics and Morality. The School of Social Science also administered community outreach programs like Global Connect, HABLA, and Jumpstart.1964 James G. March is appointed Dean of Social Sciences. 1965 University of California, Irvine opens. 1968 Division of Social Sciences becomes School of Social Sciences. 1969 A. Kimball Romney is appointed as Dean of Social Sciences. 1970 Farm School, an independent alternative pre-school and elementary school, is founded on campus by members of the Social Sciences faculty. 1971 Lewis A. (Creel) Froman is appointed Dean of Social Sciences. 1974 Christian Werner is appointed Dean of Social Sciences. 1979 Linton Freeman is appointed Dean of Social Sciences. 1982 William R. Schonfeld is appointed Dean of Social Sciences and begins process of establishing departments in the school. 1988 Irvine Research Unit in Mathematical Behavioral Sciences is established. 1989 First academic departments are formed. 1990 UCI Focused Research Program is started; its name is later changed to Center for Study of Democracy. 1992 Institute for Mathematical Behavioral Sciences replaces Irvine Research Unit in Mathematical Behavioral Sciences. 1994 Department of Linguistics moves from School of Humanities to School of Social Sciences. 1995 National Science Foundation selects UCI to establish the Graduate Research Traineeship on Democratization and Democratic Politics. 2000 Department of Logic and Philosophy of Science is established. 2001 Department of Political Science is ranked 29th by U.S. News and World Report. 2002 Dean William Schonfeld receives Lauds and Laurels Extraordinarius Award. Barbara Dosher is appointed Dean of Social Sciences. 2003 Professor Kristen Monroe establishes Center for the Scientific Study of Ethics and Morality. 2007 Farm School becomes a 501c3 corporation and moves from the UCI campus to Aliso Viejo. Chicano / Latino Studies program becomes a department of the School of Social Sciences.
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