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Program Description

The SLC Social Science Program supports undergraduates in the social sciences at Cal. We offer peer-led study groups, drop-in services and workshops that aim to promote mastery of course material through collaboration.

Program Philosophy

We believe that in an increasingly complex and interconnected world, the ability to comprehend and respond to rapidly shifting social and cultural dynamics is an essential ingredient for lifelong success. We also believe that rigorous social scientific thinking can result in just democratic practices and meaningful social change. As an engine of inquiry and discovery, social science advances our understanding of human behavior, enhances our appreciation for complexity and diversity, and fortifies our commitment to and aspirations for a better world. To this end, the SLC Social Science Program aims to provide Cal undergraduates with culturally respectful, thoughtful and rigorous peer-led support to bolster their ability to thrive in the social sciences. Whatever their backgrounds, departure points, or academic interests, students will find in the SLC a community of fellow scholars committed to seeking knowledge, locating passion, and changing the world.

Note: The SLC Social Science Program is currently recruiting study group facilitators for Fall 2019! Check out our "Become a Social Science Tutor" page for more information.

Formats of Service

Study Groups

In social science study groups, students work in small cohorts to discuss weekly course material. These groups are led by SLC-trained peer facilitators that guide the discussion through key concepts and themes of the class. Our study groups are inclusive and rigorous learning environments that cultivate mastery of the course material through collaboration with fellow peers.

How to Sign Up:  To sign-up for a study group, please use the course menu on this page and follow the directions. All study groups begin in Week 3 of instruction.

*Note: Each group is capped at 17 students and registration is on a first come, first served basis.

Drop-in

Social Science drop-in service is an open format where students have an additional opportunity to engage with course material in a less structured environment.

How to Sign Up:  There is no sign-up or appointment necessary to visit drop-in. Simply stop by the atrium of the Cesar Chavez Student Center during the hours indicated on the SLC Social Science Drop-in Schedule to see when support for your course is offered. All drop-in services commence Week 3 of instruction.

Workshops

Social Science Program workshops will be announced soon!

Faculty Colloquia

Social Science Program colloquia will be announced soon!