Social Sciences is a currently approved emphasis under the Individual Graduate Program (IGP). This graduate emphasis offers students individualized training and the opportunity to help build a unique, interdisciplinary research community. Graduate study within Social Sciences is organized in the emphasis tracks of public health and sociology. Students are educated in a particular discipline, but have the opportunity to engage in interdisciplinary research and collaboration if they so desire. Graduate study at UC Merced will involve working closely with one or more professors, so prospective applicants should carefully consult the faculty within their desired discipline for more information on current research topics.