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Today's big challenges require solutions where disciplines work together to meet human needs.

By bringing a community of faculty scholars, graduate and undergraduate students, community partners and policy makers together, the College of Social and Behavioral Science is producing knowledge and training that will provide lasting solutions to the world's toughest challenges.




Our Mission


You can’t change the laws of physics. But the law can change economics.

At the recent economics conference, Joseph Stiglitz explained in his keynote address that unlike other sciences the laws of economics do change, because people change.

Ancient potato makes its dinner debut

Lisbeth Louderback (anthropology) and her research team rediscovered an ancient potato that modern-day diners sampled earlier this week during the second annual Indigenous Dinner.

American Dream finalists announced

At a recent Campus Community Dialogue Series hosted by Political Science, the top 10 finalists of the challenge were announced.

Recent Awardees

Alumni, Emeriti, & Friends

Judge Bruce S. Jenkins

Judge Bruce S. Jenkins

Judge Bruce S. Jenkins graduated magna cum laude in political science from the University of Utah in 1949, and went on to earn a juris doctor from the S.J. Quinney College of Law in 1952 where he wrote for the Utah Law Review. Bruce is a United States Senior District Judge. In 1978, he was nominated as a U.S. District Judge by President Jimmy Carter and confirmed by the U.S. Senate. He became Chief Judge in 1984 and stepped aside on May 28, 1993. Under Bruce's leadership the court automated and computerized administrative, record-keeping and research functions, reorganized the clerk's office and probation department and remodeled the federal courthouse.

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Last Updated: 10/3/18