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Social sciences provide an analytical approach to society’s problems. As a result, faculty and students in the social sciences often focus on complex and intersectional issues such as racism, international conflict and war, climate change, and poverty. Through an objective and empirical approach to these issues, the goal is to generate genuine passion and equip future leaders with the skills they need to address the world’s challenges. Explore majors, minors, concentrations, and academic programs in the social sciences. 


News from Social Sciences

March 28, 2024
INDIGENOUS, RACE, AND ETHNIC STUDIES - Laura Pulido will deliver this year's Oregon Humanities Center's Clark Lecture, "'Surplus' White Nationalism and GOP Climate Obstruction," 4 p.m. Thursday, April 4, in the Knight Library Browsing Room. Pulido will focus on three historical moments to analyze how the relationship between U.S. white nationalism and the Republican Party has contributed to climate denial and obstruction on climate progress. Pulido is the Collins Chair and professor of Indigenous, race and ethnic studies and geography.
March 25, 2024
HISTORY - The federal government is ramping up domestic computer chip production, with roughly $106 billion in funding allocated by the Creating Helpful Incentives to Produce Semiconductors (CHIPS) and Science Act for semiconductor research and production. PhD student Adam Quinn offers four lessons the semiconductor industry should learn from its past.
March 11, 2024
GLOBAL HEALTH, GLOBAL STUDIES - Associate Professor Jo Weaver published research in the December 2023 issue of SSM-Mental Health that examines the mental health needs of women in India. Because of the gaps in mental health care that emerge from cultural mismatch, Weaver and her research team urge health workers to prioritize culturally informed methods of distress management and address the social and structural causes of suffering rather than delivering standardized clinical mental healthcare.

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World-Class Faculty in the Social Sciences

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Jo Weaver

Associate Professor, Global Studies and Director, Global Health Program

Lesley Jo Weaver is an academic expert in medical anthropology, global health, mental health, race, gender, chronic diseases, and food insecurity. She directs the Global Health Program at UO. Her research focuses, broadly, on the social production of health and illness. In India, Weaver’s National Science Foundation-supported research explores how the day-to-day management of type 2 diabetes shapes North Indian women’s abilities to participate in social roles considered appropriate for women of their age, class, and caste groups. In Brazil, Weaver’s work has examined how food insecurity influences physical and mental wellbeing.

Weaver co-hosts and co-produces the American Anthropological Association-sponsored podcast Speaking of Race, a longstanding program that explores the history and present-day reverberations of scientific racism around the world.

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Mark Carey

Professor of Environmental Studies and Geography

Mark’s research focuses on the human dimensions of climate change and ice — from glaciers in the Andes to icebergs in the North Atlantic Ocean to glacial fjords in Greenland. The research centers on power, knowledge, and cultural narratives, with an objective to understand how knowledge systems, embedded storylines, social relations, and environmental injustices shape present-day environmental issues. The work is deeply interdisciplinary, and students in the Glacier Lab are central participants in these collaborations. Mark previously served as Director of the Environmental Studies Program.

Mark has two new interdisciplinary collaborative projects, one funded by the Andrew Mellon Foundation on racial and climate justice in the Pacific Northwest (part of the Just Futures Institute) and another funded by NSF and the Navigating the New Arctic Program on “Global Changes, Local Impacts: Study of Glacial Fjords, Ecosystems and Communities in Greenland.”

Laura Pulido

Laura Pulido

Collins Professor of Indigenous, Race and Ethnic Studies and Geography

Laura is a qualitative social scientist who works at the intersection of geography and critical ethnic studies, especially Chicanx Studies. Her interest in these fields began as a young child fascinated by maps, landscapes, nature, and places. At the same time, everyday life taught her that we live in a racial, class and gender hierarchy that shapes our lives. Through her research and teaching she explores how these processes shape places and how places inform racial and economic processes. Most of her work explores the various ways in which racial inequality is actively produced, as well as the various means by which it is denied. She works together with graduate students in the Critical Race Lab.

She is the author of numerous books, including A People’s Guide to Los Angeles (with Laura Barraclough and Wendy Cheng, University of California, 2012). 


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School of Global Studies and Languages

At the School of Global Studies and Languages (GSL), UO students engage with diverse cultures, languages, histories, and lifeways across the world. Students of the social sciences, from Anthropology to Sociology, will broaden and deepen their education in their field by viewing it—and experiencing it—through a global lens. GSL prepares our graduates for life after college with an interdisciplinary curriculum, innovative language teaching, abundant learning opportunities outside the classroom, and paths of study that lead to many options for real-world careers.

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Research in the Social Sciences

Research in the social sciences investigates human behavior and the motivations that influence it. Although some of our research occurs in the lab, much of it is conducted out in the field using a variety of methodological approaches, from exploratory to experimental. The results of our research often carry societal-level implications and may point to solutions for addressing local, national, or global challenges.

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Meet Our Dean

Welcome to the social sciences division of the College of Arts and Sciences. Within our community, we address some of the world’s problems—big or small—through interdisciplinary research and critical thinking. What drives us is a passion for exploring human behavior and society.

The social sciences provide the necessary foundation for any academic inquiry, from the creative arts to the natural sciences. Inside the classroom, we lead courses that are engaging and thought-provoking, inspiring students to become better citizens of our world and work toward a more inclusive future.

We also believe real-world experience offers some of the most impactful learning opportunities. From internships to study abroad trips that offer new cultural experiences, our students regularly engage in hands-on learning work that reaches across social, disciplinary, and geographic boundaries, allowing them to forge new connections and spark new ideas.

We look forward to changing the world with you.

Bruce McGough   
Divisional Associate Dean, Social Sciences

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Apr 16
2024 Student Organization Leadership Graduation Cord

Did you hold a student organization officer/leadership position? Are you graduating Winter 2024, Spring 2024, Summer 2024, Fall 2024? If so, you are eligible to receive a FREE...
2024 Student Organization Leadership Graduation Cord
March 27–June 30

Did you hold a student organization officer/leadership position? Are you graduating Winter 2024, Spring 2024, Summer 2024, Fall 2024? If so, you are eligible to receive a FREE Student Organization Leader Cord. To receive your cord, fill out this form https://oregon.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_1zRIfukUZUz1EGO before July 1, 2024.  

To be eligible for a Student Organization Leadership Cord a student must:   

be graduating Winter 2024, Spring 2024, Summer 2024, Fall 2024,   be in a UO Student Club that is officially registered or recognized and verified through the Engage system,   hold a Student Leadership position and that position should be indicated in the Engage system,  fill out the form completely,   submit it by July 1, 2024, and  have not been given a student organization leadership cord in a previous year. 

Cords can be picked up or mailed to you, your choice. Questions about cords should be directed to Center for Student Involvement csi@uoregon.edu, 541-346-2631 

Apr 16
Ablaze (With Destruction and Abundance)

Presented by the Center for Art Research Adam DeSorbo: Ablaze (With Destruction and Abundance) March 1- May 19, 2024 CFAR billboard project at 510 Oak Street,...
Ablaze (With Destruction and Abundance)
March 1–May 19
510 Oak

Presented by the Center for Art Research

Adam DeSorbo: Ablaze (With Destruction and Abundance)

March 1- May 19, 2024 CFAR billboard project at 510 Oak Street, Eugene, OR 97403

Ablaze (With Destruction and Abundance) depicts ochre-tinted maple leaves nailed to wood planks that have been strengthened through a traditional Japanese charring process known as the Yakisugi method. The burned boards and maple leaves allude to transitional states, both benign and seasonal, and the more destructive forces of increasing wildfire activity. The embedded relationship between preservation and destruction as it relates to the Anthropocene brings our paradoxical tendencies as a species into full relief. The image is activated through original text by the artist, making explicit the process of grieving a burning world. The interaction between the image and the text proposes an embrace of our ecological cracking, the necessity to witness, the urge to preserve, and the radical act of finding joy while existing in the cracks.

This CFAR billboard project is supported by the University of Oregon Department of ARt’s Center for Art Research in conjunction with the exhibition series Embrace Fearlessly the Burning World.

Apr 16
Craft Center Visiting Artist Exhibit: Frank Gosar

The Craft Center is excited to welcome our spring 2024 visiting artist, Frank Gosar. Frank has been creating pottery for over 30 years as Off Center Ceramics. His work will be on...
Craft Center Visiting Artist Exhibit: Frank Gosar
April 1–June 7
Erb Memorial Union (EMU) Craft Center Gallery, Floor 2

The Craft Center is excited to welcome our spring 2024 visiting artist, Frank Gosar. Frank has been creating pottery for over 30 years as Off Center Ceramics. His work will be on view in the Craft Center Gallery from April 1 - June 7. 

Frank will also be teaching two workshops with the Craft Center this term, "Brush Making and Ceramic Painting" and "Potter's Tool Kit." For more information or to register, please visit https://craftcenter.uoregon.edu/workshops.

(The Craft Center Gallery is located on the 2nd floor of the Erb Memorial Union just past the Adell McMillan Gallery. Please check the Erb Memorial Union website for site hours.)

Apr 16
Spring Career Readiness Week (April 12–19)

Find daily ways to engage your career curiosity with workshops, local industry tours, alumni panels, casual career chats, the Career & Internship Expo (4/18), and Practice...
Spring Career Readiness Week (April 12–19)
April 12–19

Find daily ways to engage your career curiosity with workshops, local industry tours, alumni panels, casual career chats, the Career & Internship Expo (4/18), and Practice Interview Day (4/19) that will help you develop skills and connections on the road to career readiness. For a full list of workshops, career tours, networking events, resume reviews, alumni panels, and more, visit career.uoregon.edu/events or register for events in Handshake. Why wait?! Stop by the University Career Center in Tykeson Hall-Garden Level ASAP to get drop-in resume reviews and other career guidance to make the most of your Career Readiness Week!

Special thanks to our Spring 2024 Career Readiness Week sponsors: Enterprise Holdings and Sherwin Williams 




Resume Extravaganza (Drop-In Resume Reviews)

Tuesday, April 9, 11am-4pm, Tykeson Hall 1st Floor Commons        

Did you know you can have a career readiness coach or a peer coach review your resume before the Spring Career & Internship Expo? Drop-in any time to get feedback on your resume. Don’t have a resume? Come learn how to make one!


Curious about Job & Internship Search Strategies? (Workshop)

Wednesday, April 10, 11am-12pm, Tykeson 50P (UCC Conference Room)

Looking for a job or internship and need help getting started?! Learn how to utilize Handshake and networking strategies to find opportunities that align with your interests; and how to get university credit for an internship (UGST404).


Curious About Interviewing? (Workshop)

Friday, April 12, 10am-11am, Tykeson 50P (UCC Conference Room)

Come learn about the basics of interviewing and how to stand out as a candidate!


Black Business in Oregon: A Journey to Excellence Reception

Friday, April 12, 5pm-6:30pm, Lyllye Reynolds-Parker Black Cultural Center

Meet Black alumni from different stages of their careers who will share experiences, insights, and success stories. Dinner and refreshments from Philyaw’s Cookout and Catering will be served. Space is limited, so register by April 9 to secure your spot!


Curious About the Spring Career & Internship Expo? (Virtual Info-Session)

Monday, April 15, 12pm-1pm, Register in Handshake for Zoom link

Learn the ins and outs of navigating the in-person Career and Internship Expo, updating your Handshake profile, researching employers, and how to present yourself authentically during the Expo.


Peace Corps + RARE Panel

Monday, April 15, 3pm-4 pm, Tykeson Hall 1st Floor Commons        

Serve at home or abroad. Join us for a panel discussion featuring representatives from the Peace Corps and UO's RARE AmeriCorps program to learn about Volunteer experiences, ask questions about service, and gain knowledge about the application processes for both programs.


Curious about Resumes? (Workshop)

Tuesday, April 16, 12pm-1pm, Tykeson 50P (UCC Conference Room)

Come learn about the basics of resume writing and have the opportunity to ask questions on formatting, structure, and bring your own resume for tailoring and more!


Your Future in Tech + Connect (Panel+Networking)

Tuesday, April 16, 4pm-6:30pm, Tykeson Hall 1st Floor Commons        

4pm-5pm-Industry Insights Panel, followed by 5:15-6:30pm Connect with Tech Employers

Join us for a special industry-connection night dedicated to helping you get career ready for your future in Tech. Hear from a panel of industry leaders &/or participate in small group networking with tech employers to get advice on career-building opportunities and connections.


Industry Bites: Make it in Marketing!

Tuesday, April 16, 4pm-4:45pm, Lillis 440

Interested in exploring a career in marketing? Want to learn more about marketing industry from corporate to agency work, strategy, design, and campaigns? Join us for PIZZA, panel, and conversation with marketing leaders.


Ducks in Finance: Navigating the Corporate Financial Landscape

Tuesday, April 16, 5:30pm-6:30pm, Register in Handshake for Zoom link

Join the UO Alumni Association for an insightful journey into the world of corporate finance with our esteemed panel of alumni, each carving their paths to success.


Environmental Connect

Wednesday, April 17, 4pm-6pm, Crater Lake Rooms

Network with a variety of public agencies, non-profit organizations, and businesses in a casual, fun “speed dating”-style event.  Over the course of the event, you’ll have a chance to meet a new employer every 10 minutes!


Spring Career & Internship Expo

Thursday, April 18, 12pm-4pm, EMU Ballrooms 

Get curious about your future and make connections with cool employers! Find your career fit with over 70+ employers comprised of private industry; public, educational, and non-profit organizations; local government, the federal government, law enforcement, and military--all on-campus and excited to share more with you about their organization and early career talent opportunities.  

First Career & Internship Expo? Or just a little nervous? Come early and get a low-stress, behind-the-scenes Expo Preview & Tour (11:15am-noon, EMU Ballrooms) and learn how to navigate the expo and make a good first impression with employers.   Take part in the Expo Scavenger Hunt to win prizes and have fun conversation starters with employers.   Bring your resume to impress employers!  Get a FREE Professional Headshot taken to add to your LinkedIn!


Practice Interview Day

Friday, April 19, 12pm-4pm (30-45 minutes each), Tykeson Hall 1st Floor Commons   

Come practice commonly asked interview questions and get active feedback on your communication style, professionalism, and more. interviewing skills, get feedback from experienced professionals and career coaches.