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July 13, 2020

Criminology Minor Now Offered

Starting fall 2020, the General Social Sciences Program is now offering a new minor in criminology.

The criminology minor affords students the opportunity to analyze how society defines, regulates, and seeks to prevent criminal behavior as well as considering what factors lead people to commit crimes. Courses are selected from multiple social science disciplines including sociology, anthropology, political science, psychology and indigenous, race and ethnic studies. This minor builds on the interdisciplinary nature of General Social Studies, giving students the opportunity to learn about criminology from multiple perspectives. For example, students can explore social inequality in relation to crime, law enforcement, and incarceration from the vantage points of political science, sociology, and indigenous, race, and ethnic studies.

Visit the Minors webpage for details on course requirements and information on how to add the criminology minor.

March 18, 2020

Remote Advising Available

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During the outbreak of COVID-19 (Coronavirus), the university is shifting to a modified operational status for the health and safety of our students, faculty, and employees. However, students can still get academic and career advising through remote options.

Contact Your Advising Team

Students can contact the GSS advising team, the Public Policy, Society and Identity flight path, directly by email:

Remote Advising Sessions

Tykeson Hall advisors are providing remote advising through email, phone calls, and Microsoft Teams:

Drop-In Sessions

Remote “drop-in” sessions are available Mondays through Fridays, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. via the website chat function on Use the “Chat with Tykeson About Drop-In” feature to be placed in the drop-in queue. If an advisor is available, your advising session will occur over the phone or computer/smartphone using Microsoft Teams.


Students can also schedule remote appointments either through the website “Chat with Tykeson About An Appointment” feature or by scheduling directly through Navigate. After scheduling, students will receive instructions on using Microsoft Teams for a remote appointment.

Microsoft Teams

Use of Microsoft Teams does students to have access to a smartphone or computer. However, advisors are looking for options for those who do not have phone/computer access, and information will be shared as new solutions are implemented. Students planning to hold an advising session should download Teams to their device in advance of their appointment.

More Information

Please continue to visit the University of Oregon Coronavirus Information website for updated information about Academics & ClassesTechnology Resources, and overall University Operations.

March 5, 2020

Upcoming School of Law Event

Oregon Law will host the Oregon Supreme Court at William Knight Law Center on Thursday, March 12, 2020. The Court will hear oral arguments in two pending cases and answer student questions, affording an unrivaled, experiential learning and professional development opportunity for students, faculty, and the greater community.

The Court’s annual visit has become one of the highlights of the law school calendar. This year’s visit will mark the 45th year of celebrating this longstanding legal tradition.

More information at

February 25, 2020

New Course for GEP Concentration

Announcing a new evening course that counts towards the GSS Globalization, Environment, and Policy concentration:

a crowd of people observing a forest fire

Photo by Eric Gerhardy on Unsplash

SOC 399: Forest Fires and Society

Spring 2020
Tuesdays, 6:00–8:50 p.m.
240C McKenzie Hall
CRN 36189

This environmental sociology course will explore the sociocultural, political, economic, and ecological aspects of forest fires. Discusses the effects of industrial forestry and fire suppression on forest ecosystems in the Pacific Northwest, and critically examine the “burning issues” that are causing increased frequency of wildfire disasters in the west: climate change, rural sprawl, and forest/fire management policies. Throughout the course, explore solutions to wildfire disasters by envisioning societal changes necessary to recreate fire-adapted communities living sustainably within fire-dependent ecosystems.

View the course syllabus for more details.

February 13, 2020

Need A Plan After Graduation?

Do you need a plan after graduation?

Have you ever thought about doing a year or two of service?

Have AmeriCorps, Teach For America, City, Year, or PeaceCorps ever sounded cool?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, mark your calendars to attend two info sessions coming up to learn more about these opportunities.

Leaders for Change Mixer

Making An Impact Through Post-Grad Service

Wednesday, February 19, 2020
12:30–1:30 p.m., EMU Swindells (room 230)
Food provided!


Learn how you can start your career by making an impact through post-grad service opportunities like City Year, Teach for America, and PeaceCorps. Connect with your peers from each program who are alum or who will be starting their service later this year. Hosted by the Holden Center for Leadership and Community Engagement.

Leaders For Change event flyer

AmeriCorps Info Session

Thursday, April 2, 2020
3:00 p.m., location TBA
Snacks will be provided

Learn about the AmeriCorps branches, as well as a local AmeriCorps program housed at UO, Resource Assistance for Rural Environments.

AmeriCorps event flyer

More Info

Can’t attend these information sessions, but want more information? Contact Hannah White at

February 7, 2020

Study Abroad: Indigenous Rights & Environmental Justice in Bolivia

UO student in Bolivia doing community cleanup work with indigenous child

Apply for the University of Oregon’s 3-week long Indigenous Rights and Environmental Justice study abroad program in Bolivia:

Scholarships are available. The priority deadline for applications is February 15, which is also the deadline for the Scholarship Essay. Visit the website linked above for more information.

Also, on February 12, from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. in 199 Esslinger Hall, student alumni who went on the program in summer 2019 will give a presentation on their experiences and ongoing service-learning, supporting Guarayo and Monkox/Chiquitano Indigenous peoples in Bolivia through the new student organization they founded, Students for Indigenous Rights and Environmental Justice in Bolivia. Please consider volunteering with the group even if you don’t go to Bolivia. Opportunities are also available for internships with Indigenous and non-governmental organizations like World Wildlife Fund and CEJIS in Bolivia.

International Studies majors can fulfill their 10 week intercultural experience requirement by participating in the program and either interning with a Bolivian organization for several weeks after the program or by working remotely on community projects.

Read an announcement letter from Derrick Hindery, program co-leader: Indigenous-Rights-Environmental-Justice-in-Bolivia-study-abroad

Postsecondary National Policy Institute 2020 Summer Scholars Program

Paid Undergraduate/Graduate Internship Opportunity

Postsecondary National Policy Institute (PNPI) 2020 Summer Scholars Program ( The Summer Scholars Program which runs from May 24–August 1, 2020 provides a unique opportunity for highly-motivated undergraduate and graduate students with demonstrated financial need to learn about federal higher education policy in the nation’s capital. Fully funded, the program provides scholars with accommodations, a metro card, a move-in stipend, an hourly wage, and transportation to and from Washington D.C. at the start and end of the program.

While in D.C., scholars work with the larger PNPI team to create high-quality learning experiences for current and prospective federal higher education policymakers, draft content for the PNPI website, engage in research on postsecondary issues, and attend D.C. based policy events. The goal of the program is to provide scholars with an opportunity to build their knowledge base and their network in federal higher education policy. In their final evaluations of the program, all of our scholars have credited PNPI with expanding their understanding of federal higher education policy, exposing them to new career paths, and impacting their long-range career goals. They also credited us with instilling in them greater confidence and a higher level of comfort in professional circles.

Summer Scholars Eligibility

  • Must be enrolled in an accredited college or university as a rising or current senior undergraduate or graduate student (full or part time status). Proof of enrollment required (recent transcript).
  • Must demonstrate financial need. Undergraduate students must have received a Pell grant in the most recent academic year. Graduate students must have received a Pell grant in the final semester of their senior year AND must demonstrate Pell-eligibility for the most recent academic year per the estimated family contribution listed on their Federal Student Aid Report (2019-2020 EFC must be $5,576 or less).
  • All majors/fields of study accepted, but candidates must indicate an interest in postsecondary education policy.
  • If currently living outside of D.C., must be able and willing to relocate to Washington, D.C. from May 24 to August 1, 2020.
  • If selected for an interview, must have access to Zoom or Google Hangouts.
  • Must be able to work 35 hours/week in Washington, D.C. for the duration of the internship.
  • Must be able to travel with PNPI staff to Congressional events and seminars both on Capitol Hill and in the contiguous United States (all travel expenses covered by PNPI).
  • Must have excellent communication, writing, and interpersonal skills.
  • Must be a self-driven and highly-motivated independent worker.
  • Priority will be given to applicants who currently live or attend school outside of Washington, D.C. and who have never previously interned in Washington D.C.
  • Must submit application and all required materials no later than 5:00 p.m. ET on Monday, March 2, 2020. No late applications will be reviewed or accepted.
August 20, 2019

Declare Your Major Online

Person using laptop

This summer, the GSS program is introducing a new online form for adding or dropping General Social Sciences as a major. Submit the form at any time from your computer or mobile device. You no longer need to meet with an advisor before you can add/drop the major.

Fill out a GSS Major Add/Drop Form

What You’ll Need

Before you declare a GSS major, you need to decide if you will pursuing a bachelor of arts (BA) degree or a bachelor of science (BS). You will also need to decide which GSS concentration you plan on following. You can get information about the four concentrations, including relevant course descriptions, at

What to Expect

After you submit your online request form, the change will be processed and applied to your UO Degree Guide. This can take 2-3 weeks before the change is finalized, so we recommend that you check your UO Degree Guide to verify the update to your major.

If you do not see the correct changes applied within 3 weeks, or if you have questions about your major, please send us an email at

What Next?

Newly declared GSS majors should review the GSS Concentration Sheet Check-Off List for their chosen concentration. You can also check out our Academic Resources page for how-to guides on finding GSS courses in the UO class schedule.

August 13, 2019

Changes in the 2019-20 Academic Year

student holding books and binders

This year, the General Social Sciences Program is experiencing lots of change. Continue reading to find information about how these changes may impact you, particularly regarding advising and registering for classes this fall.

New System for Advising

GSS advisors Gretchen Hill-Marino and Ryan Smith are in the process of moving from PLC to Tykeson Hall.  They will join a team of professional academic and career advisors who will address the advising needs of all students in the College of Arts of Sciences, including GSS students.  So beginning in fall 2019, GSS students will go to Tykeson Hall for advising. Tykeson Hall is located in the heart of campus between Johnson and Chapman Halls.  Information on how to schedule an appointment with an advisor will be available soon.  To get an advising appointment now, please contact the Office of Academic Advising for at Please be patient, as the advisors on campus are particularly busy this summer as they prepare to offer a new, more comprehensive advising experience for students at Tykeson Hall.

Registering for Fall Class

If you have not yet registered for fall courses, we encourage you to go ahead and do so without scheduling an advising appointment. Get instructions on how to register for classes.

We’ve Moved!

The GSS program is now housed in 275 McKenzie Hall (also home to the Department of History). You can reach us at the new program email address:

New Procedure for Changing Your Major

Students will soon be able to add or drop the GSS major via an online form available on our website. In the meantime, if you need to make an immediate change to your major, please email the GSS program at and we will send you the form. You can then print it, fill it out, scan it, and email it to us. Or you can stop by the GSS Program office at 274 McKenzie Hall and fill out the form there.

New GSS Director

Starting this academic year, Jamie Mayhew Bufalino is the new Director of the General Social Sciences Program. She is an instructor in the departments of History and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. She has worked with GSS students in her courses for many years and is excited to take on this new role, directing GSS during a period of significant change on campus.

June 14, 2019

Commencement is HERE – Preparation for 2019 Commencement

2019 Commencement Preparation for Students

Date: Monday, June 17, 2019
Time: Student Arrival at 3:00 pm; 3:30 Students line up
Location: Students Meet at EMU Room 023
(Mallard Room/Lease Crutcher Lewis Room) – click here for map to room
Ceremony Begins: 4:00 pm

Commencement Details Below for Students & Families:

1. The Student Instructions sheet (expected time of arrival, length of ceremony, ceremony expectations (i.e., registration, procession, seating, etc.), refreshments).

2. Family and Guest Seating: will be located on the EMU Green (East Lawn).  Seating is open seating (first come, first serve).  ADA has separate seating, marked accordingly.

3. GSS Commencement page (details of event).

4. GSS program PDF (student names; order of events)

4. The GSS FAQ commencement page (questions about the event, color of tassel, etc.).

5. UO Parking and Shuttle information (FREE parking at Autzen Stadium with shuttle to 13th Avenue in front of Matthew Knight Arena and the corner of 15th and University Street – across the street from EMU commencement site- and ADA parking (i.e., wheelchair, trouble walking, etc.) is located in the Columbia Garage with transportation to EMU commencement site).

6. Map to EMU from Autzen Stadium.  For Commencement on June 17, 13th Avenue from University Street East to Franklin Boulevard and Matthew Knight Arena will be closed for the Commencement Procession.

7. Map of EMU ceremony site, with set up and directions, is located here.

8. Monday’s weather is expected to be mostly sunny and 83 degrees.  But this is Eugene, so have your guests plan accordingly.  At 4:00 pm the sun’s angle will be directly overhead…please bring and wear sunblock, bring hand fans, and/or hats, if needed.  Umbrellas are discouraged due to blocking guests’ view, but guests can use them while not seated.

9. Alumni Association: To learn more about the UO Alumni Association, visit

10. Career Center News: “Congratulations on your graduation! Whether you are headed to graduate school, landed a job, or are still defining your next steps, we’d like to know what’s next for you. Please take a few minutes in completing your Senior Outcomes Survey. In addition to providing the University of Oregon with a snapshot of your graduating class, this information also allows us to better support you in your post-graduation plans. Congratulations on your graduation, and thank you for sharing your future plans with us!”

11. Donate Cap & Gown:  If you don’t have a use for your cap and gown after commencement, please consider donating it to your future GSS alumni.   Please drop off your regalia to the GSS office – PLC 341.

For information about the optional UO Commencement Ceremony open to ALL majors on Monday, June 17, from 9:00 am – 11:00 am at the Matthew Knight Arena, click here.

Contact Gretchen Hill-Marino at with any additional questions.
Congratulations 2019 graduates!
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