Social and Behavioral Sciences
In the Division of Social and Behavioral Sciences (SBS) scholars examine patterns of social, psychological, cultural, political, and economic structures with the overall goal of discovering pathways for political cooperation, social mobility, greater equality, and enhancing our individual and collective well-being. By studying the behavior of individuals, groups, and institutions, we attempt to predict, prevent, and manage the many problems that arise in society.
SBS scholars actively engage in DEI scholarship and teaching as they study and teach about the human world at many scales, from the mechanisms of individual behavior to the way groups interact to the politics of states and nations, and are dedicated to working with other programs at Rutgers University and beyond.
The nine programs in SBS actively engage in DEI teaching: Political science was the national leader in developing a Program in Women and Politics in the 1980s and now offers a graduate minor in Race, Ethnicity, and Politics for graduate students in fields across the school. Africana Studies developed in response to student demand over fifty years ago. Latino and Caribbean Studies began as the Puerto Rican Studies Program, developing and diversifying over the years in response to New Jersey’s changing demographics, and is currently developing a certificate program for professionals in Multicultural Competence.
In this photo professor of archeology Dan Cabanes works with students on an Interdisciplinary Research Team project, a program that aims to expand notions of research by providing financial support and academic credit to teams of sophomores and juniors working on projects that cross disciplines. Like many SBS faculty, Professor Cabanes seeks out opportunities to support student research. He hosts weekly research meetings where lab members from undergraduates to post docs to visiting scientists present their research.
Beyond Rutgers, anthropology works to preserve the Lenape language in partnership with Lenape tribal members; psychology faculty participate in suicide prevention community education; HIV/AIDs support programs, and programs supporting victims of sexual trauma and abuse. In addition, Psychology faculty created and continue to direct the NJ Autism Center for Excellence to support the study and treatment of individuals living with autism spectrum disorder.
The social and behavioral sciences are at the very heart of understanding how groups and individuals can work together to address issues of long-standing racial injustice.
Below is a selected list of current programs and initiatives: