The General Social Sciences program (GSS) provides students the flexibility to design a major that combines courses from several departments across campus into a thematic concentrations. All concentrations combine career training with the analytical skills of a liberal arts education. Each concentration has its own core courses and a range of relevant electives. Students must select one of the following 4 concentrations:
Applied Economics, Business, and Society
Applied Economics, Business, and Society (AEBS) 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.
Crime, Law and Society
Crime, Law, and Society (CLS) provides the student a broad exposure to problems that confront society relating to the causes, consequences, and policies regarding crime and socio-legal studies. 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.
Globalization, Environment, and Policy
Globalization, Environment, and Policy (GEP) focuses on broad social-political and environmental issues at the regional and global levels, as well as policy planning designed to meet these issues. 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.
Social Studies Teaching
Social Studies Teaching (SST) 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.