Undergraduate Programs

Why Study General Social Sciences?

Studying the social sciences helps students understand how to analyze not only their own behavior, but also the behavior and motivations of others. The General Social Sciences Program is ideal for students who wish to examine specific social issues from diverse points of view. GSS is also a great fit for students with broad interests that seek to explore multiple disciplines within the social sciences. We welcome students of all identities and are committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive intellectual community.

Diverse group of students studying

Major in General Social Sciences

With four (4) major concentrations and two (2) minors to choose from, students can design a course of study that aligns with their desired career path.

 


Graduate with Honors

Students with a cumulative GPA of 3.2 or better AND a 3.6 GPA or better in GSS coursework will receive departmental honors. Departmental honors will be published in the GSS Commencement Program and the degree will state “graduated with honors.”


GSS major Mandi Funderburgh

Explore a Wide Range of Interests

"The Global, Environment, and Policy concentration has allowed me to explore my interests and take so many intriguing courses — from Environmental Economics, where I learned the way environmental assets are valued, to Gender and Politics in Developing Countries, where we examined the differing gender roles and customs around the world. I love how fulfilling and inter-dimensional the GSS program is. It has been the perfect fit for me and my widespread interests!"

—Mandi Funderburgh, GSS Globalization, Environment, and Policy major, '23


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Real-world Experience

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


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What You Can Do with a General Social Sciences Degree

A General Social Sciences major can prepare you to work in many fields. Learn about actual jobs our alumni have landed.


Advising and Academic Support

Schedule an appointment with a faculty or peer advisor, find important department forms, and get answers.

Departmental Advising and Support

Scholarships and Awards

Learn about ways to apply for funding through the General Social Sciences Program.

Explore Scholarships and Awards

Events

A Cinematic Exploration Black Community and Poverty
Feb27
A Cinematic Exploration Black Community and Poverty Feb 27 Lyllye Reynolds-Parker Black Cultural Center
Pierson Lecture: "God's Red Son: The Ghost Dance Religion in American History"
Feb27
Pierson Lecture: "God's Red Son: The Ghost Dance Religion in American History" Feb 27 McKenzie Hall
Propaganda: Fascism and Neo-Fascism Lecture Series: "Where Monsters are Born"
Feb27
Propaganda: Fascism and Neo-Fascism Lecture Series: "Where Monsters are Born" Feb 27 Knight Library
African American Workshop and Lecture Series: "The Robots are Coming" with Ramanita Hairston
Feb27
African American Workshop and Lecture Series: "The Robots are Coming" with Ramanita Hairston Feb 27 Erb Memorial Union (EMU)
Black Joy Sessions: Finding Joy Within
Feb28
Black Joy Sessions: Finding Joy Within Feb 28 Lyllye Reynolds-Parker Black Cultural Center
Let's Talk Drop-In - Wednesdays 2-4PM @ BCC
Feb28
Let's Talk Drop-In - Wednesdays 2-4PM @ BCC Feb 28 Lyllye Reynolds-Parker Black Cultural Center
Book Launch & Discussion - "Coloring into Existence: Queer of Color Worldmaking in Children’s Literature"
Feb29
Book Launch & Discussion - "Coloring into Existence: Queer of Color Worldmaking in Children’s Literature" Feb 29 Erb Memorial Union (EMU)
¡Juntos! Latinx Support Group
Feb29
¡Juntos! Latinx Support Group Feb 29 Carson Hall, Ramey Room
Organic/Inorganic/Materials Chemistry Seminar Series
Feb29
Organic/Inorganic/Materials Chemistry Seminar Series Feb 29 McKenzie Hall
Let's Talk Drop-In - Fridays 1-3PM @ CMAE/Zoom
Mar1
Let's Talk Drop-In - Fridays 1-3PM @ CMAE/Zoom Mar 1