Social Research and Public Policy is an interdisciplinary Social Science major, which draws on anthropology, sociology, and demography as well as economics and political science. The Social Sciences at NYUAD are intentionally cross-disciplinary. Given the complexity of human behavior, our societies, and the issues we face, there is a shared pedagogical commitment that the ideal education should foster the development of knowledge across disciplines. Students within each of the Social Science majors are exposed to additional disciplines as part of the major itself.

Social Research and Public Policy is distinguished by its breadth and its emphasis on critical thinking and hands-on empirical research, especially research linked to policy questions. During their senior year students will carry out primary research, for instance, an Abu Dhabi Area Studies project or focus on a burning social issue. They will develop their research design and collect data during the first semester of senior year, and during the second semester they will analyze data and write their senior theses.


13 courses, distributed as follows:

  • 5 Required courses: Statistics for the Social and Behavioral Sciences; Foundations of Modern Social Thought; Logic of Social Inquiry; Survey Research; Ethnographic Field Research
  • 3 Foundational Electives
  • 3 Electives
  • 2 Capstone: Project and Seminar