General Social Sciences

General Social Sciences (GSS) is a multidisciplinary, undergraduate program that prepares students for success in an interconnected global environment. The GSS curriculum provides flexibility in both class schedules and coursework, allowing students to tailor their education according to their interests and to balance multiple academic or personal pursuits. Our program welcomes students of all identities and is committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive intellectual community.

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What You Can Do with a Degree in General Social Sciences

General Social Sciences majors learn how to analyze social issues using research and critical thinking. They also develop innovative problem-solving skills, which are applicable towards professional fields like business, government, law, and education. Those who study general social sciences frequently go on to pursue careers in:

  • Planning, public policy, or international relations
  • Industry and laboratories
  • State and federal government agencies
  • Research institutes
  • Colleges and universities
  • Nonprofit organizations
  • Master's programs in teaching
  • Primary and secondary education
  • Graduate school in social work or law
  • Law enforcement
  • Criminal justice
  • Social justice advocacy
  • MBA program
  • Business (domestic or international)
  • Nongovernmental or intergovernmental organizations
  • Government
GSS major Sophia Lowe

How GSS Launches Your Career

"The GSS Crime, Law, and Society major has become the exact infrastructure that will allow me to achieve all of my future goals. Short term, I hope to use this major in my further exploration of the obstacles that confront society regarding the criminal justice system and its policies. The design of this major exposed me to such a multitude of topics, and such flexibility granted me the knowledge to explore endless possibilities. Long term, I am very interested in forensic psychology and hope to pursue interrogation and investigation in the FBI."

—Sophia Lowe, GSS Crime, Law, and Society major, '23

Our Degree Programs

The General Social Sciences Program offers students the flexibility to design a major that combines courses from several departments across campus. Students within our program can choose from four distinct major concentrations or two minors:


Learn from Experts in the Field

Students within our program learn from faculty experts within a broad range of social sciences departments. They may also take courses from the university's professional schools, including Business, Education, Journalism, and Planning and Public Policy Management.

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Get Real-world Experience

GSS majors can gain hands-on experience in their fields of interest through internships, study abroad programs, and other opportunities outside the classroom.

Scholarships & Funding

The General Social Sciences Program offers scholarships for undergraduate students who show academic merit. Students can also seek funding through the College of Arts and Sciences, which awards various scholarships to both incoming students and those who are already attending the UO.

Undergraduate Scholarships

Academic Support

Students are strongly encouraged to maintain contact with their academic advisors to discuss their course of study and plan for their careers. Students in the GSS program can seek advising through Tykeson Hall or consult one of the department’s undergraduate advisors.

Undergraduate Advising

General Social Sciences News and Events

September 13, 2022
GENERAL SOCIAL SCIENCES - What brings people together? Alumni Connor Bussey, BS ’19 (business administration), and Adam Faris, BS ’20 (general social science), took to the popular TikTok platform for answers to that question during the pandemic. What they found: Cars. Yachts. Mansions. Sports. No, really.
September 13, 2022
University of Oregon alumnae are changing the face of public service. We look to the women highlighted in this article to govern nations, lead at the highest level of the military, interpret the law, determine the constitutionality of the law, and apply it to individual cases, and serve the public in state and local government.

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