Undergraduate Research

View the student research presentations from our recent 2021 Undergraduate Research Symposium above.

LALS students who are interested in undergraduate research are encouraged to take LALS 100A as early as possible, as it "Introduces students to the methods and analytic approach of social science research within the field of LALS, with an emphasis on research in pursuit of social justice. Builds practical research skills including developing research questions, writing surveys, and conducting interviews."

Below are a few examples of ways to begin and/or continue field study, internships, and research as an LALS student through existing classes and programs. Most of these opportunities include LALS elective coursework that can count toward a major or minor. Talk to the LALS Advisor for more information.


Community Outreach/Service:

GISES minor / Everett Program

LALS 5 Introduction to Human Rights and Social Justice

OAKS 151A/B Corre le Voz

OAKS 153 Community Mapping

SOCY 139T Community Engaged Research Practicum



OAKS 151A/B Corre le Voz*



Bilingualism Research Lab


Politics / Policy:


UC Center Sacramento



GISES minor / Everett Program

Human Rights Investigations Lab


Topics Vary:

Pathways to Research

Study Abroad


LALS students should also check out the UCSC Undergraduate Research and Social Sciences Division pages for more information on getting started in undergraduate research. For help with applying to research awards and scholarships, please feel free to contact the LALS Advisor.

We enjoy a close connection with the Research Center for the Americas (RCA), which sponsors research projects and internships in-house, like the Human Rights Investigations Lab, and across campus, like the UCSC Bilingualism Research Lab. The RCA is also connected with the Institute for Social Transformation, where you might find more opportunities to get involved in community based organizations and research through its Social Sciences Centers partners.