College of Social Sciences

Spartan Voices

SJSU is my home away from home. It is a place where I see new faces as well as familiar faces. It's a place where I can be me and unafraid.

- Eloise Irwin, '14 Political Science

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College of Social Sciences graduates lead companies, serve the needy in our neighborhoods, counsel the mentally ill, champion our human rights and uphold and improve the laws governing our citizens and our communities. Our grads make important contributions in meaningful and humane ways because that’s exactly what a social sciences education trains people to do.

We constantly work to enhance the student experience so they will succeed now and in the future. Some of our recent accomplishments that will help us reach this goal include:

  • The college’s student success center, ACCESS, provided advising, tutoring and peer support to 6,000 at-risk and struggling students, many of whom are the first in their families to seek university education.
  • The quality of our year-old urban and regional planning certificate program is one of the reasons our urban and regional planning program is ranked #10 in the West by Planetizen, a public interest information exchange publication.

There is so much more that we want to do, such as:

  • Building career focus for our students by securing funding and hiring additional staff. Nothing motivates students more than the sense that their time as students links directly to their future. 
  • Building our capacity to globalize the curriculum and apply our knowledge to the communities around us by recruiting eight tenure-track faculty members.

If what we do matters to you, please invest in our college and our students. Your gift ensures that we continue our mission of delivering a high-quality education to more than 4,000 students each year. Please give to the College of Social Sciences today.

Thank you,

Jan English‑Lueck, Interim Dean
College of Social Sciences

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Betty Tseng
Senior Director of Development