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School of Social Ecology

The School of Social Ecology is dedicated to interdisciplinary, solution-driven scholarship, teaching, and outreach in the public’s interest. It is a national leader in applying empirical research to address complex societal problems. Since 1970, the school has grown from a few dozen students to more than 2,900, with more than 25,000 graduates working in fields as diverse as healthcare, human services, planning, education, law and public policy. 

The school is home to three highly-ranked departments: Criminology, Law and Society; Urban Planning and Public Policy; and Psychological Science. All are committed to research that illuminates human behavior in both social and institutional contexts, moves beyond traditional disciplinary boundaries, and reaches a diverse and broad audience.  

Field Study Program 

For the last 50 years, Social Ecology students have had to complete 100 hours of field work in the community. This program has benefited our community in countless ways and provides a formative experience for our students.

To ensure the Field Study program continues to be effective for students and community partners, the School of Social Ecology is seeking financial support for participating students. Gifts will fund leadership development workshops, transportation to and from Field Study placement sites, professional wardrobes and scholarships. 

  • Each year, more than 1,000 social ecology undergraduate students, under the guidance of faculty, are placed in over 200 community partner agencies. Students deepen their understanding of the connections between theory and practice and grow into more informed community leaders. Community partners include nonprofit organizations, public sector agencies and private businesses. 

  • The impact of the program is profound for both students and community partner agencies. Students become better prepared for today’s labor market, and often have life-changing experiences that influence their future career choices. Community partners benefit from the thousands of hours of work offered by energetic, creative, difference-making students. 

  • In recent years, the Field Study program has expanded to Advanced Field Study, Immersive Field Study and Global Service Scholars and – all of which deepen students’ learning opportunities and grow the school’s reach. 

  • Our Field study program has just launched a critical student transportation and professional wardrobe stipend program. We’ve partnered with Working Wardrobes to provide students with a $75 stipend to get the professional apparel they need. This first-of-its-kind program will help our students with their field study placements and leave them better prepared to enter the workforce.

Social Ecology Dean's Excellence Fund 

You can also support the School of Social Ecology by making a gift to our Dean's Excellence Fund. Gifts to this fund help support the immediate needs of the school. It is a simple but powerful way to show your support. 

Social Ecology Donor Map
Rank State Gifts
1 CA 25
2 MI 1
2 HI 1
Social Ecology - Dean's Excellence Fund Match
Alumna Jenny Tran '05 is matching the first five gifts, dollar for dollar, up to $500 made to the School of Social Ecology Dean's Excellence Fund
Social Ecology 15 Gift Challenge
Help unlock $500 in bonus funds from alumna Jenny Tran '05 to the Social Ecology - Dean's Excellence Fund by being one of the first 15 donors to the Social Ecology Field Study Program on Giving Day!
15 / 15 Gifts
Student Outreach and Retention Center (SOAR) Parent Happy Hour Challenge
Five parents making a gift to any area of support on Giving Day from 5-7 PM PST will unlock a generous $5,000 gift to the Student Outreach and Retention Center from parents Sharon Sasaki and Robert Yamamoto!
5 / 5 Gifts
UCI Alumni Association Board Challenge
Be one of the first 200 alumni donors to make a gift to any area on Giving Day and unlock $10,000 in support for UCIAA!
200 / 200 Donors
UCI Parent Executive Board 25 Gift Challenge
The first 25 gifts from Parents to any area on Giving Day will unlock $3,500 in bonus funds for the Anteater Grant Initiatives from the UCI Parent Executive Board! When we reach 25 gifts, the next tier of the challenge will be released!
25 / 25 Gifts
UCI Parent Executive Board 50 Gift Challenge
25 parents have made a gift and we've unlocked our first challenge! Now, once we've reached 50 total gifts from Parents to any area on Giving Day, we will unlock an additional $10,000 in bonus funds for the Anteater Grant Initiatives from the UCI Parent Executive Board! Thank you for helping unlock $13,500 in total support for AGI!
50 / 50 Gifts
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