GRADUATE PROGRAM IN SOCIAL SCIENCE
In addition to the departmental graduate programs, the School offers the M.A. degree in Social Science with a concentration in Demographic and Social Analysis and the Ph.D. degree in Social Science with a concentration in Mathematical Behavioral Sciences. Each program is administered by a different group of faculty.
Graduate Concentration in Demographic and Social Analysis
Hoda Anton-Culver: Epidemiology and preventive medicine
M. Victoria Basolo: Urban politics, regionalism, public choice, interorganizational relationships
Frank Bean: Migration and immigration, immigrants' welfare and demographic behavior
Marlon G. Boarnet: Urban economics, urban planning, urban economic development
Susan K. Brown: International migration, urban sociology, and educational inequality
Michael Burton: Economic anthropology, ecological anthropology, gender
Kitty C. Calavita: Sociology of law, criminology, social deviance, immigration, and inequality
Leo R. Chavez: International migration, Latin American immigrants, medical anthropology
Kenneth S. Chew: Social and historical demography
Philip Cohen: Social demography, inequality, race, and work
C. David Dooley: Community psychology, epidemiology, economic change
Katherine Faust: Social networks, research methods
Susan Greenhalgh: Political economy, feminism/gender, politics of reproduction, critical demography
Bernard N. Grofman: Mathematical models of collective decision making, formal democracy theory, politics of small groups
Matt L. Huffman: Organizations, work, gender inequality
Mireille Jacobson: Health economics, drug policy, labor economics
Jennifer Lee: Migration and immigration, race/ethnic/minority relations, urban sociology
John M. Liu: Race/ethnic/minority relations; economy and society
Richard Matthew: International relations, environmental policy, ethics
Richard McCleary: Criminal justice, research methodology, statistics
Robert Newcomb: Social statistics, methodology
Gary Richardson: Economic history, immigration in historical perspective
Rubén G. Rumbaut: International migration, the "1.5" Generation, comparative race and ethnic relations, structural inequality; identity, health, and mental health
David A. Smith: Urban sociology, comparative sociology, political sociology
William C. Thompson: Psychology and law, criminal justice, human judgment and decision making
George Tita: Criminology, community context of violence, urban youth gangs, homicide studies
Judith Treas: Population studies, sociology of aging, sociology of family
Wang Feng: Demography, social change, economy and society
Douglas L. White: Cross-cultural research, mathematical anthropology, social networks
The M.A. in Social Science with a concentration in Demographic and Social Analysis offers specialized training in the research skills to address practical problems confronting society, business, government, and the nonprofit sector. The concentration emphasizes the Pacific Rim and issues defining Southern California's population, such as immigration, changing household and family structure, racial and economic inequalities, and the impact of local and regional population growth. Informed by the interdisciplinary field of demography, the program draws on faculty and courses in the Schools of Social Sciences and Social Ecology.
Students who wish to complete the program in one year are generally admitted to the program in the fall quarter. Students must hold a B.A. or B.S., normally in a social science or related field, and should have had at least four units of undergraduate statistics or equivalent mathematics courses. Students must meet the general admission requirements for graduate studies, which include official transcripts of all college course work, Graduate Record Examination scores for tests taken within the past five years, and three letters of recommendation. Applicants whose first language is not English must also take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and achieve a score of 550 or higher on the paper-based test or 213 or higher on the computer-based test.
The M.A. requires 36 units of study and an oral exit examination. All students must complete 20 units of required courses which include one course in research design, one in demographic methods, one in populations, and two in statistics. In addition, students must complete 16 units of elective courses in population issues or research methods. No more than four units may be internship, independent study, directed readings, or thesis courses (to prepare for the oral examination). One or two electives may be upper-division undergraduate courses, with the remainder being graduate courses. All courses must be completed with a grade of B or better.
The M.A. in Social Science with a concentration in Demographic and Social Analysis may also be awarded to Ph.D. students who complete the necessary requirements.
Graduate Concentration in Mathematical Behavioral Sciences
Aldo Antonelli: Non-standard set theories, logical foundations of game theory and applications to distributed artificial intelligence
Pierre F. Baldi: Bioinformatics/computational biology; probabilistic modeling/machine learning
Jeffrey Barrett: Philosophy of science, philosophy of physics
William Batchelder: Mathematical models, measurement, and cognitive processes
John P. Boyd: Mathematical anthropology and systems theory
Myron Braunstein: Visual perception and computer applications
David Brownstone: Econometrics and industrial organization
Michael Burton: Economic anthropology; gender, family, and households; cognitive anthropology; Africa, Oceania
Charles F. Chubb: Visual perception, psychophysics
Rui J. P. de Figueiredo: Mathematical foundations of neural networks, contextual feedback models for automated image understanding
Barbara Dosher: Memory, information processing, perception
Michael D'Zmura: Vision research, virtual reality
Jean-Claude Falmagne: Mathematical psychology
Katherine Faust: Social networks, research methods
Linton C. Freeman: Network models of social structure
Michelle Garfinkel: Macroeconomic and monetary theory
Amihai Glazer: Public choice, especially concerning commitment problems
Bernard N. Grofman: Mathematical models of collective decision making, formal democratic theory, sequential decision making, politics of small groups
Donald Hoffman: Artificial intelligence approaches to human and machine vision, recovery of three-dimensional structure from image motion, visual recognition of objects by their shape
Geoffrey Iverson: Cognitive science and mathematical models
L. Robin Keller: Decision analysis, risk analysis, problem structuring, management science
Natalia L. Komarova: Mathematical modeling of biology and language; nonlinear waves
Igor Kopylov: Microeconomic theory, decision theory and game theory
R. Duncan Luce: Mathematical behavioral science
Penelope Maddy: Philosophy of mathematics, philosophy of logic
Michael McBride: Microeconomics, game theory, and political economy
Louis Narens: Measurement, logic, and metacognition
Robert Newcomb: Statistical and research methods for the social sciences
Dale Poirier: Econometrics, both theoretical and empirical, specializing in Bayesian econometrics
A. Kimball Romney: Experimental and psychological anthropology
Donald G. Saari: Mathematics and application of dynamical systems to social sciences
Stergios Skaperdas: Economic theory, political economy
Brian Skyrms: Philosophy of science, metaphysics
Kenneth A. Small: Urban economics, transportation economics, discrete-choice econometrics, energy
Padhraic Smyth: Statistical pattern recognition, probabilistic learning, information theory
George Sperling: Vision, perception, information processing
Hal Stern: Bayesian methods, model diagnostics, statistical computing
Mark Steyvers: Computational models of memory, reasoning, and perceptions
Carole J. Uhlaner: Comparative political participation, formal models of political behavior
Christian Werner: Mathematical geography
Douglas White: Social networks, longitudinal social demography
Charles E. Wright: Skill acquisition and generalization, human motor behavior, visual attention, Virtual Reality Laboratory
John I. Yellott: Mathematical psychology and vision perception
Hong-Kai Zhao: Applied mathematics in physics, engineering, imaging science, and computer vision
The concentration in Mathematical Behavioral Sciences offers a program of interdisciplinary and mathematical approaches to the study of human behavior, providing high levels of training in current mathematical modeling and in mathematics and software use and programming. The program is administered by an interdisciplinary group of faculty. Within the concentration, two optional emphases are available: Social Networks; and Games, Decisions, and Dynamical Systems. Specific requirements are detailed below.
Admission to the concentration in Mathematical Behavioral Sciences requires evidence of appreciable mathematical skill and knowledge. As an absolute minimum, a candidate should have taken one full year of calculus, including calculus of several variables, and one course in linear algebra, and should also provide evidence of additional mathematical depth. This depth can be manifested in a number of different ways including, but not restricted to, an undergraduate degree in mathematics or physical science, a high score on the mathematics portion of the GRE, or a strong undergraduate minor in mathematics. In addition, students should have some exposure to a behavioral science field. Especially useful is some experience with behavioral science modeling.
Those students interested in either the emphasis in Social Networks or the emphasis in Games, Decisions, and Dynamical Systems should make this clear in their application. A student is free at any time after admission to move into or out of either emphasis, but will be subject to the requirements in effect at the time of original admission to the concentration in Mathematical Behavioral Sciences.
Four major classes of requirements must be fulfilled. Since a number of options are available, the student will, in consultation with an advisor, develop a plan of study.
Quantitative/Mathematical. To be completed by the end of the third year: (1) one course each in analysis beyond calculus, abstract algebra beyond linear algebra, and logic; and (2) two quarters of mathematical statistics, with calculus as a prerequisite and covering the fundamentals of probability and random variables.
A list of courses eligible for satisfying the Quantitative/Mathematical requirement is available online at http://www.imbs.uci.edu/NEWphdprogram.html.
Language/Computer. All students must be sufficiently familiar with various computer programs and languages to be able to conduct serious research in their field of interest and must submit either proposed courses or some demonstration of competency as part of their plan of study. In addition, students must either (1) attain proficiency in reading social science technical publications in one foreign language with a substantial relevant technical literature or (2) demonstrate proficiency in computer programming considerably beyond that of the standard computer requirement. Because of the continually changing nature of computer languages and software, the conditions for fulfilling this additional computer expertise requirement is left to the judgment of the faculty subcommittee on computers of the Ph.D. program.
Substantive Minor. Students are expected to develop considerable expertise in some substantive field and in the application of models to it. This requires the completion of three courses at the upper-division or graduate level that do not necessarily entail extensive modeling, and three courses or seminars in which the primary thrust is mathematical modeling.
Research Papers and Colloquia. At the end of the second year, a 10-20-page paper reporting original research or a penetrating analysis of some subtopic of Mathematical Behavioral Science (or either Social Networks, or Games, Decisions, and Dynamical Systems with a formal or mathematical component) is expected. An oral presentation will be given to faculty and graduate students. Two faculty members are assigned to read and evaluate the paper and talk.
Students are required to take for credit four quarters of the Mathematical Behavioral Sciences Colloquium, Social Science 211A-B-C, during their first three years. Although not a formal requirement, students are expected to attend the Colloquium on a regular basis whenever in residence.
Time to Degree. Students must advance to candidacy in their fourth year. The normative time for completion of the Ph.D. is six years. The maximum time permitted is seven years.
Emphasis in Social Networks
The requirements for the emphasis in Social Networks are the same as the general requirements noted above, with the following exceptions:
Students may choose to complete the first part of the Quantitative/Mathematical requirement with one course each in discrete mathematics, graph theory, and logic.
Social Networks students are required to attend about 75 percent of the Mathematical Behavioral Sciences Colloquia, including all that are designated as Social Networks colloquia, and also must attend occasional colloquia, usually of local faculty and graduate students, which are separate from the general Mathematical Behavioral Sciences Colloquia.
Emphasis in Games, Decisions, and Dynamical Systems
The requirements for the emphasis in Games, Decisions, and Dynamical Systems are the same as the general requirements noted above, with the following exceptions:
Students must complete eight graduate courses emphasizing game theory, decision theory, or dynamical systems. Examples of such courses are Economics 243A (Game Theory); Economics 270A-B-C (Seminar in Public Choice I, II, III); Social Science 241B (Network Theories of Social Structure); Anthropology 289A (Networks and Social Evolution); Anthropology 289B (Cognition, Technology, and Genes); and Anthropology 289C (Dynamical Processes). These courses will count toward the Substantive Minor requirement.
Students are required to attend about 75 percent of the Mathematical Behavioral Sciences Colloquia, including all that are designated as Games, Decisions, and Dynamical Systems colloquia, and must also must attend occasional colloquia, usually of local faculty and graduate students, which are separate from the general Mathematical Behavioral Sciences Colloquia.
Master of Arts Degree
The M.A. degree is awarded to UCI Ph.D. students who complete necessary requirements or to students currently enrolled in a Ph.D. program (or equivalent) at another institution who are directly admitted for graduate study leading only to the master's degree at UCI. Such applicants must provide evidence that their Ph.D. program agrees to this one-year arrangement. Requirements include the submission of a petition to the Graduate Committee along with a proposed plan of study consisting of 36 units of relevant Mathematical Behavioral Science courses, normally including the core requirement in mathematical statistics, and the satisfactory completion of a comprehensive examination.
Graduate Courses in Social Science
201A Descriptive Multivariate Statistics I (4). Mathematical tools to organize and illuminate the multivariate methods. Multiple regression analysis, multi-dimensional scaling, and cluster analysis. Statistical computing via MDS(x), DMDP, and SPSS. Students must enroll in the laboratory section which meets on Wednesdays. Prerequisite: Social Science 100A-B-C or equivalent. Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory grading only. Same as Informatics 207.
201B Descriptive Multivariate Statistics II (4). Presentation of the principle methods of multivariate statistics including criteria for appropriate use and the interpretation of resulting measurements. Computer exercises are used to demonstrate concepts. Prerequisites: Social Science 201A.
201C Sampling Techniques and Estimation Methods (4). A review of confidence interval estimates derived from simple random samples is followed by a representation of techniques for improving the precision of such estimates under the constraints of feasibility, cost, and time. Methods for dealing with bias and nonsampling errors are also considered. Outside speakers. Prerequisites: Social Science 100A-B-C or equivalent. Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory only.
201D Introduction to Biostatistics (2). An introduction to the principles and methods of biostatistics with application to the health sciences. Statistical concepts, terminology, and techniques employed in health science research to analyze data and report such analysis. Articles from health science research literature are used for illustration. Prerequisite: graduate standing or consent of instructor.
201G Analysis of Relational Data (4). A practicum in social networks data analysis focusing on the special problems raised by data sets that embody relations. Log-linear and quadratic assignment procedures are stressed along with multidimensional scaling and other representational models. Prerequisites: graduate standing; consent of instructor. Same as Anthropology 222A, Social Science 241C and 256A, and Sociology 225A.
209A-Z Special Topics in Mathematical Social Science (4). Current research in Mathematical Social Science. Topics vary.
211A-B-C Mathematical Behavioral Sciences Colloquium (2-2-2). Weekly reports and colloquia by faculty, students, and visitors. Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory only. May be repeated for credit.
240A-B-C Seminar in Social Networks (1.3-1.3-1.4). A seminar drawing on visiting scholars and local faculty designed to keep students abreast of current developments in Social Networks research.
241B Network Theories of Social Structure (4). Explores communicative, social, political, economic, and other flows of behavior using foundational network concepts and measures such as centrality, group, role, pattern, and system. Defines social structure, processes that generate structures, and behavioral consequences of structural rather than individual dispositional properties. Prerequisite: graduate standing or consent of instructor. Same as Anthropology 222B.
241C Analysis of Relational Data (4). A practicum in social networks data analysis focusing on the special problems raised by data sets that embody relations. Log-linear and quadratic assignment procedures are stressed along with multidimensional scaling and other representational models. Prerequisites: graduate standing; consent of instructor. Same as Anthropology 222A, Social Science 201G and 256A, and Sociology 225A.
249A Special Topics in Social Networks (4) F, W, S. Current research in Social Networks. Prerequisite: graduate standing or consent of instructor. May be repeated for credit as topics vary.
SOCIOLOGY AND SOCIAL RELATIONS
PROSEMINARS AND COLLOQUIA
250R-S-T Current Research in Social Relations (1.3-1.3-1.4) F, W, S. Research seminar in which a number of Social Relations faculty members present and discuss their current research. Prerequisite: graduate standing or consent of instructor.
250X-Y-Z Social Relations Dissertation Seminar I, II, III (4-4-4) F, W, S. Research design, problem conceptualization, and advanced data analysis in the area of social relations. Emphasis on methods of analysis in ethnography, cross-cultural research, and quasi-experimental research. Prerequisites: graduate standing, consent of instructor. Same as Sociology 228A-B-C.
COGNITIVE ANTHROPOLOGY AND THE STUDY OF CULTURE
251A Anthropology and History (4). An examination of the complex, long-standing relationship between anthropology and history. Themes include: history, culture, and colonialism; history and the power to represent; nostalgia and the uses of the past in struggles over "national history." Prerequisite: graduate standing or consent of instructor. Same as Anthropology 230A.
252G Structuralism and Post-Structuralism (4). Traces recent theoretical discussions and arguments over the philosophical and historical "subject" from structuralist decenterings toward the characteristically "post-structuralist" contemporary concern with the historical and political constitution of subjectivities and subject positions. Prerequisite: graduate standing or consent of instructor. Same as Anthropology 247A.
FAMILY AND GENDER
253A Family and Life History (4). Interdisciplinary and comparative work in family and life history. Prerequisite: graduate standing or consent of instructor. Same as Anthropology 221A.
253B Feminist Theorizing in Social Sciences (4). Analyzes current theoretical debates in feminist research, primarily in the social sciences. What is a useful definition of feminism? How can we integrate gender, class, and race? Do we need special research methods to explore feminist questions? Prerequisites: graduate standing, consent of instructor. Same as Sociology 211A.
253E Age, Generations, and the Life Course (4). Age is a central organizing principle of individual lives, social institutions, and human populations. Considers how age is socially defined and how developmental transitions between ages (i.e., growing up and growing older) are accomplished. Prerequisites: graduate standing, consent of instructor. Same as Sociology 261A.
253F Populations (4). Introduces the interrelationships between population and social organization. Considers measurement and explanation of historical and contemporary trends in birth rates, death rates, migration, and marriage and divorce. Case material is drawn primarily from the U.S. and other industrialized nations. Prerequisites: graduate standing, consent of instructor. Same as Sociology 262A.
SOCIAL STRUCTURE, SOCIAL ORGANIZATIONS, AND SOCIAL NETWORKS
253H Gender, Family, and Community (4). Analyzes theory and research on family and community relations from the perspective of gender. Feminist theories of family power relations, caring in family and community settings, women and men as caregivers in the family and workplace, grass-roots organizing for family and community issues. Prerequisites: graduate standing, consent of instructor. Same as Sociology 232A.
253I Political Sociology (4). Begins with an examination of the three major orientations to the State (Pluralist, Elitist, and Class). Next considers current topics in political sociology including the Welfare State, the New Deal, political behavior, social movements, participation, and democracy. Prerequisites: graduate standing, consent of instructor. Same as Sociology 241A.
253J Social Movements (4). A survey of the field of Social Movements, oriented around critical themes in the major theoretical traditions and contemporary exemplars. Prerequisites: graduate standing, consent of instructor. Same as Sociology 240A.
253N Classical Social Theory (4). Examines the development of classical sociological theory through the writings of Karl Marx, Emile Durkheim, Max Weber, Georg Simmel, and George Herbert Mead. Prerequisites: graduate standing; consent of instructor. Same as Sociology 210A.
253Q Nations, States, and Gender (4). Explores the ways in which nations, nationalism, states, and citizenship are gendered relations and processes. Questions include: How do women construct themselves as political subjects, and how are constructions of citizenship and discourses of rights gendered? Same as Anthropology 246C.
253R Contemporary Social Theory (4). Familiarizes students with twentieth-century developments in social thought that have influenced sociological research, suggesting "what is living and what is dead" in the "classics" and offering an overview of the main outlines of recent sociological theorizing. Prerequisites: graduate standing, consent of instructor. Same as Sociology 210B.
253S Family and Households (4). Families and households as a fundamental unit of social organization. Concepts and controversies. U.S. demographic trends and global changes in marriage, divorce, fertility, living arrangements. Housework and paid work. Gender and generational inequalities. How families reproduce stratification systems. Prerequisites: graduate standing, consent of instructor. Same as Social Science 260A.
253U Work and Industrial Relations (4). Explores the nature, causes, and results of workplace conflict in American society. Considers topics such as "American Exceptionalism," sex segregation in the workplace, strikes and the role of unions in American society. Prerequisites: graduate standing, consent of instructor. Same as Sociology 272A.
253V Race and Ethnicity (4). An examination of central questions and issues in the field of race and ethnicity through a critical analysis and discussion of the principal theoretical perspectives and paradigms that have framed much of the scholarship in the area. Prerequisites: graduate standing, consent of instructor. Same as Sociology 230A.
THIRD WORLD DEVELOPMENT AND SOCIAL CHANGE
254A Transnational Migration (4). The immigrant experience will be examined in order to explore how specific theoretical issues are examined empirically. These issues include ethnic enclave formation, gendered differences in migration and settlement, class differences, the migration of indigenous groups, identity formation, and issues of representation. Same as Anthropology 235A and Chicano/Latino Studies 215.
254H Seminar in Political Anthropology (4). Explores anthropological approaches to politics. Covers a range of issues and topics including: theories of culture, power, and hegemony; approaches to colonial and post-colonial relations of global inequality; and ethnographic approaches to the modern state. Prerequisite: graduate standing or consent of instructor. Same as Anthropology 245A.
254J Global Urbanization (4). Examines the spread of cities worldwide in the twentieth century. What are the political and economic causes of this process? What are the social-cultural, political, economic effects? How is contemporary urbanization linked to global restructuring of other kinds? Prerequisites: graduate standing, consent of instructor. Same as Planning, Policy, and Design U273 and Sociology 252A.
254L Approaches to Globalization (4). Historical and contemporary approaches to the world economy, emphasizing anthropological questions of culture, power, identity, inequality. Examines "neo-imperialism," "late capitalism," accumulation, global markets, urban space, the state, business and policy globalization discourse, "local" responses to and instantiations of the "global." Prerequisite: graduate standing or consent of instructor. Same as Anthropology 248A.
254M Law, Colonialism, and Nationalism (4). Origins and spread of law in colonial and nationalist contexts: law's role in constituting and policing difference. Recent theoretical approaches; property in things and people; human and indigenous rights; "customary" law; legal foundations of nationalism; resistance to/through law; globalization. Prerequisite: graduate standing or consent of instructor. Same as Anthropology 246B.
METHODS AND STATISTICS
255A Research Design (4). Data collection, organization, and analysis in ethnographic or quasi-experimental settings, including interviewing, participant observations, behavior observation, and questionnaires. Research design issues include sampling, longitudinal research, and comparative research. Emphasis on the integration of qualitative and quantitative data. Prerequisite: graduate standing or consent of instructor. Social Science 255A and Sociology 265 may not both be taken for credit.
255C Grant and Proposal Writing (4). Focuses on production, critique, and revision of student research proposals. A practical seminar designed to improve student proposals, help students through the application processes, and increase students' chances of obtaining support for their research. Prerequisite: graduate standing or consent of instructor. Same as Anthropology 225A.
255M-N-P Graduate Statistics I, II, III (4-4-4). Statistics with emphasis on applications in sociology and anthropology. Examines exploratory uses of statistical tools in these fields as well as univariate, bivariate, and multivariate applications in the context of the general linear model. Prerequisites: graduate standing, consent of instructor. Same as Anthropology 210A-B-C.
OTHER METHODOLOGY AND STATISTICS
256A Analysis of Relational Data (4). A practicum in social networks data analysis focusing on the special problems raised by data sets that embody relations. Log-linear and quadratic assignment procedures are stressed along with multidimensional scaling and other representational models. Prerequisites: graduate standing; consent of instructor. Same as Anthropology 222A, Social Science 201G and 241C, and Sociology 225A.
256M Comparative and Historical Sociological Methods (4). Topics include the logic of comparative and historical analysis techniques and the examination of exemplar works in representative problem areas. Prerequisites: graduate standing, consent of instructor. Same as Sociology 222A.
SPECIAL TOPICS IN SOCIAL RELATIONS
259A Special Topics in Social Relations (1 to 4). Prerequisite: graduate standing or consent of instructor. May be repeated for credit as topics vary.
MULTICULTURAL / INTERNATIONAL
272A Origin and Evolution of Marxist Social Thought (4). Focuses on the genesis and evolution of Marxist social thought. The "systemic" method of Marx and Engles to questions of economic production and reproduction is compared and contrasted with modern world-system grand visions, feminist-theoretic approaches, and postmodern critiques. Prerequisites: undergraduate course in political theory or equivalent: graduate standing or consent of instructor.
274E-F U.S. Latino Cultures I, II (4-4). The history and cultural background of contemporary Americans of Latin American descent. Introduction to major works in history, social sciences, and the arts that are essential for understanding this aspect of the U.S. socio-historical development. Prerequisite: graduate standing or consent of instructor. Same as Chicano/Latino Studies 220E-F.
289 Special Topics in Social Science (4) F, W, S. Current research in Social Science. Topics vary. May be repeated for credit.
SPECIAL COURSES IN SOCIAL SCIENCE
290 Dissertation Research (4 to 12) F, W, S. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: consent of instructor.
291 Directed Reading Examination Preparation (4) F, W, S
298 Self-Directed Study (1 to 12) Summer. May not be applied toward residency requirements or toward total units required for a degree. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: graduate standing.
299 Independent Study (4) F, W, S. May be repeated for credit.
399 University Teaching (4-4-4) F, W, S. Limited to Teaching Assistants.