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

Comparative Literature Commencement Ceremony - CAS
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Comparative Literature Commencement Ceremony - CAS Jun 16 Memorial Quadrangle
Philosophy Commencement Ceremony - CAS
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Philosophy Commencement Ceremony - CAS Jun 16 Willamette Hall
Psychology Commencement Ceremony - CAS
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Psychology Commencement Ceremony - CAS Jun 16 Matthew Knight Arena
School of Global Studies & Languages Commencement Ceremony - CAS
Jun16
School of Global Studies & Languages Commencement Ceremony - CAS Jun 16 East Campus Green
Sociology Commencement Ceremony - CAS
Jun16
Sociology Commencement Ceremony - CAS Jun 16 Southwest Campus Green
Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Commencement Ceremony - CAS
Jun16
Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Commencement Ceremony - CAS Jun 16 Hope Theater
Black Studies, Native American and Indigenous Studies, Indigenous Race, and Ethnic Studies, & Latinx Studies
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Black Studies, Native American and Indigenous Studies, Indigenous Race, and Ethnic Studies, & Latinx Studies Jun 16 Hope Theater
Classics, Humanities, Medieval, & Religious Studies
Jun16
Classics, Humanities, Medieval, & Religious Studies Jun 16 Willamette Hall
Environmental Studies Commencement Ceremony - CAS
Jun16
Environmental Studies Commencement Ceremony - CAS Jun 16 East Campus Green
Math Commencement Ceremony - CAS
Jun16
Math Commencement Ceremony - CAS Jun 16 Straub Hall