College of Social and Behavioral Science
The University of Utah College of Social and Behavioral Science represents seven academic departments and four interdisciplinary programs, making it the largest college on the university's campus. CSBS is focused on creating a social science way of thinking about critical challenges in the social and natural world. It is known for its cutting-edge research, cross-disciplinary collaborations, and graduating the highest number of undergraduate students from the University of Utah each year.
Anthropology is the comparative, evolutionary and historical study of humankind. The department takes a theoretically driven, empirically-informed approach to this study, and has special expertise in archaeology, genetics, behavioral ecology, demography, hunter-gatherers, and evolutionary approaches to human and nonhuman primate behavior. Their regional expertise is strongest in Africa, Australia, New Guinea, Latin America and western North America. Many faculty members do research that crosses disciplinary and sub-disciplinary lines, and students are encouraged to do the same.
Economics is committed to a pluralistic approach to economics as a social science. Its research and teaching activities incorporate investigations of the evolution of economic thought, comparison and critical analysis of a variety of theoretical approaches, and the generation of applied, policy-relevant research that is informed by this broader inquiry. The graduate program is unusual in its incorporation of courses on Political Economy, which expose students to a wider variety of approaches than they would encounter in most economics departments. Similarly, all of our undergraduate students take at least one course in either economic history or the history of economic thought. The breadth of our undergraduate program has attracted a wide variety of students, including those seeking careers in business, public policy, the law, and academics.
Family and Consumer Studies
Family and consumer studies (FCS) is an interdisciplinary department where faculty and students examine how the social, economic, political, and physical environments affect families, individuals, and consumers. The teaching, research, and service done in the Department focuses on expanding our understanding of how welfare of individuals, and the families in which they live, are affected by external forces and internal forces. As such, the Department Emphasizes applied social science research and teaching with a strong public policy orientation.
Geography is the study of natural Earth systems, human societies and the interaction between them. Geography bridges the physical and social sciences. Geographers work with powerful technologies such as geographic information systems (GIS), digital Earth imagery (remote sensing) and spatial modeling. And geographers are not afraid to get their boots muddy! Geography has a long-standing field tradition, often involving travel to spectacular locations - some of them in our own backyard.
Political science studies the world of politics and government. Political scientists study the privileges and responsibilities of citizenship, the uses and abuses of power, relations between nations, and many other important topics. Political science is a broad area of study that provides excellent preparation for a variety of career paths in business, government, and the non-profit sector.
Sociology students analyze society, social organization, structures, and changes. They are able to navigate the changing world, and are trained to conduct rigorous research in global and comparative sociology (with emphases in political economy, political sociology, gender, race, and the environment), demography, and health.