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Providing the Tools of Social Science

Politics & Social Justice



​​The Social Science Research and Instructional Council (SSRIC) is a collaboration of 22 CSU campuses supported by the CSU Chancellor's Office. Founded in 1972, SSRIC is the oldest of the CSU affinity groups. The council assists learning, teaching, and research in the social sciences through access to archival database resources as well as an online repository of teaching materials, a student research symposium, and workshops for faculty.

Shared Resources and Talent

With representation and guidance from all 22 participating campuses, the SSRIC:

  • Facilitates access to social science database subscriptions and online resources, including instructionally-related and research-related materials
  • Works with the Chancellor's Office and data providers to obtain these high-quality resources at a reasonable cost to the campuses
  • Provides opportunities for training and professional development of faculty, staff, and students through teaching, research, scholarly, and creative activities
  • Advises CSU administrators on policies related to quantitative social science data for research and instruction, while advancing best practice across campuses
  • Represents the collective interests of the CSU campuses to external stakeholders on matters pertaining to social science research and instruction

Showcase for Student Success

The council sponsors the Annual Social Science Student Symposium, providing undergraduate and graduate students with a forum to present their work, to see the work of their peers, and to forge connections with faculty experts from across the system. The symposium rotates between northern and southern campuses each year. Students can compete for awards by submitting a research paper and presenting at the symposium.

Over the past three years, student symposium participation has increased, in part, due to the generous financial support from Dr. Gene Geisler—professor emeritus of political science at San Francisco State and one of the council's founders. These funds provide for the SSRIC student paper awards and student travel.​