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General Social Sciences Program

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General Social Sciences (GSS) is a new program that provides students the flexibility to design a major that combines courses from several departments across campus. The program offers students a variety of options depending on their interests. For the career minded student, GSS provides career training combined with the analytical skills of a liberal arts education.  For the intellectually curious student, GSS offers the study of particular themes across several social science disciplines. And, for the student who just has trouble choosing a major from the vast number offered here at the UofO, GSS offers a curriculum across several departments.

There are four concentrations or tracks in GSS. Each concentration has its own set of core classes, then provides a number of elective courses from various departments. The four concentrations are:


Applied Economics and Business combines technical training in business with the analytical training of the liberal arts. This concentration draws heavily from courses in the Business School and the Economics department so that it offers specific business skills while also exploring how business works in society, on the national level, and in the global context. This concentration is designed specifically for students who wish to work in business or to pursue an MBA. For the course requirements and descriptions for Applied Economics and Business, click here.

Crime, Law, and Society provides the student a broad exposure to problems that confront society relating to the causes, consequences, and policies regarding crime and socio-legal issues.  The Crime track offers a flexible curriculum designed to provide an excellent preparation for persons who have an interest in criminology, law school, or working in law enforcement or social services. For the course requirements and descriptions for Crime, Law, and Society, click here.

Globalization, Environment, and Policy focuses on broad social-political and environmental issues at the regional and global levels, as well as policy planning designed to meet these issues, within an interdisciplinary context. The Globalization track will provide training for students hoping to work in green industry, government, NGOs, and environmental organizations. Additionally, the track prepares students to earn graduate degrees in planning, public management, policy studies or other applied social sciences with a global emphasis. For the course requirements and descriptions for Globalization, Environment, and Policy, click here.

Social Studies Teaching prepares students with the coursework requirements for admission to the graduate teacher licensure program at the University of Oregon – UOTeach. This concentration does not in and of itself lead to a teaching license. Rather, this concentration provides a well-defined content so that students will be prepared to enroll in a graduate program to become licensed to teach Social Studies at the middle or high school level. For the course requirements and descriptions for Social Studies Teaching, click here.

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