Welcome to the School of Social Science, Policy & Evaluation (SSSPE), where students and faculty engage in holistic, interdisciplinary scholarship in the social sciences to solve meaningful, real-world problems and enhance quality of life in society. SSSPE houses two scholastic divisions devoted to this mission—the Division of Behavioral & Organizational Sciences (DBOS) and the Division of Politics & Economics (DPE).
A distinctive feature of DBOS is its pioneering development of nonclinical applied psychology. Our research applies behavioral and social science knowledge, concepts, and methods to important social issues in order to better understand human behavior and decision making. Our students examine a range of psychology research—including basic and applied social psychology, organizational behavior, evaluation methodology, applied cognitive psychology, positive psychology, and health behavior—to understand the field’s contributions to the amelioration of social problems and to the formulation of public policy. DBOS is also studying how and why public policy works in conjunction within our world-renowned Claremont Evaluation Center.
In DPE, we are passionate about quality graduate education, faculty-student collaboration, and innovative research in economics and political science as well as a strong commitment to transdisciplinary scholarship. This commitment is underscored by our distinctive combination of politics and economics within the same division, which attracts students interested in public policy and the global economy and affords our graduates a unique edge. More recently, the department has emerged as a leader in behavioral economics, expanding its research interests in neuroscience and behavioral and neuroeconomics through the Center for Neuroeconomics Studies.
The unique structure of SSSPE curriculum reflects Claremont’s Graduate University’s commitment to career-relevant training. Under the supervision of faculty-mentors who are experts in their fields, SSSPE students undertake fieldwork, research, and paid internships at a wide range of corporations and organizations that maintain on-going relationships with the university. Some of our world-class research institutes include the Claremont Institute for Economic Policy Studies, Health Psychology & Prevention Science Institute, and The Evaluators’ Institute.
We wish you the best in choosing your graduate school. If you are interested in learning more about SSSPE’s innovative, interdisciplinary programming, I encourage you to contact us.
Interim Dean, School of Social Science, Policy & Evaluation
Professor of Organizational Behavior