BA Social Ecology
University of California, Irvine
The major in Social Ecology embraces the unique and interdisciplinary spirit of the School of Social Ecology. The 21st century presents us with a wide array of opportunities for creating a better world. Such opportunities range from local communities creating innovative solutions to their problems, to communities around the world meeting the challenges of a globalized economy. Making the most of these opportunities calls for scholarship that is rigorous and innovative, thoughtful and engaged: scholarship that is steeped in the best traditions of social science, and able to break new ground.
- Develop an understanding, both theoretical and empirical, of social, psychological, environmental, and legal problems and the settings in which they occur, ranging from the interpersonal to the societal/global.
- Develop the ability to examine these problems through the application of social scientific and naturalistic research methods.
- Develop an awareness of the challenges inherent in translating research findings to inform policies and practices to mitigate these problems.
- Develop skills and knowledge in preparation for the needs of today’s workplace.