WOU's Social Science Division

Shape your future,
Imagine the Possibilities…

Choosing a major in the Social Sciences will provide you the coursework
and real-world experiences necessary to positively influence people and
society in your chosen career. Our graduates play influential roles in their
communities and careers of their choice.

Departments, Degrees & Programs

Ethnic Studies

Ethnic Studies

Major coming Fall 2024

Minor available now

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Learn about people and events that have shaped today’s world.

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Learn about social life, its characteristics, changes, causes and consequences.

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Learn about prioritizing resource conservation and sustainable practices.

Political Science

Learn about solutions to current problems from poverty to energy to peace.

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Public Policy &

Learn about people and events that have shaped today’s world.                                       

International Studies

Learn about important concepts and issues in world affairs and pursue an international career.

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Social Science                          

Learn concepts from several social science disciplines for a broader outlook on the world.

Interdisciplinary Minors

Latin American Stds, Gender Stds, Legal Stds, Latino/Chicano Stds, Environmental Stds or Military Science



Public and Nonprofit Management, Healthcare Administration (Grad), Social Justice and Service Learning (Bilingual)

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BELL 231A | Summer Term Hours
Mon – Thurs 8:40 AM – 4:30 PM |Closed on Fridays

Social Science Division Office

 Mary Pettenger, Division Chair 

     Phone: 503-838-8301 Email: pettengm@wou.edu

Sharyne Ryals, Admin. Program Assistant

     Phone: 503-838-8288 Email: ryalss@wou.edu