Social Science Division

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Research, analysis, communication, and action to serve communities, individuals, and the world.

Sharyne Ryals, Admin. Program Asst.,
503-838-8288, BELL 231A
Fall Term Hours: M-F, 8:00 am – 4:30 pm

Mary Pettenger, Division Chair,, 503-838-8301

Sociology iconSociology

Are you interested in the study of social life, its characteristics, changes, causes and
consequences? The Sociology major combines scientific and humanistic perspectives in the study of historical and contemporary features of social organization.

Sociology Major/Minor

Possible Careers:

  • Social Service provider
  • Public Policy Analyst
  • Community Organizer
  • High School Teacher


History iconHistory

Are you interested in learning about the people and events that have shaped today’s world? The History Major provides practical skills in analyzing, researching, and writing about the past to prepare for the present and future.

History Major/Minor

Possible Careers:

  • Educator (Teacher, Professor)
  • Archivist/Museum Curator
  • Historic Preservation /Historian
  • Writer/Editor/Journalist


Political Science iconPolitical Science

Are you interested in finding political solutions to current problems from poverty to energy to peace? The Political Science degree can prepare you for a career in government, law, education, and business.

Political Science Major/Minor


Possible Careers:

  • Lawyer
  • Elected Official / Campaign Manager
  • Government policy analyst
  • Human Rights Advocate


Geography iconGeography

Are you interested in the intersection between humans and the natural world? The Geography major provides students with a solid foundation in geographic methods, techniques, and specialty areas.

Geography Program

Possible Careers:

  • Cartographer
  • Survey or mapping technician
  • Community developer/organizer
  • Urban Planner


Social Science iconSocial Science

Are you interested in several Social Science disciplines and can’t choose one, or want a broader outlook on the world? The Social Science major consists of a wide range of interdisciplinary coursework that focuses on many aspects of human activity and prepares you for a variety of human-centered career paths.

Social Science Major/Minor

Possible Careers:

  • Social Service provider
  • Civil Servant
  • Editor/writer
  • Teacher/instructor


Public Policy & Administration iconPublic Policy & Administration

Are you interested in political science, communications, psychology, economics, business administration, and criminal justice? An interdisciplinary degree in Public Policy and Administration can prepare you for a career in public and private service.

Public Policy & Administration Major/Minor

Possible Careers:

  • Policy Analyst
  • Program Administrator
  • Public Workforce Management
  • Urban and Regional Planner


International Studies iconInternational Studies

Are you interested in important concepts and issues in world affairs and want an international career? The International Studies Major provides you with advanced language skills, practical knowledge of geopolitics, history, and culture, and an international experience.

International Studies Major/Minor

Possible Careers:

  • Peace Corps Volunteer
  • Diplomat
  • Nonprofit Analyst
  • International Trade, Business and Finance Professional


Sustainability iconSustainability

Are you interested in prioritizing resource conservation and sustainable practices? The Sustainability Major provides the skills to analyze and implement actions that promote a sustainable and balanced system between humans and the environment.

Sustainability Major/Minor

Possible Careers:

  • Environmental policy analyst
  • Sustainability coordinator
  • Conservation specialist
  • Ecologist


Anthropology iconAnthropology

Are you interested in biological and cultural, historical and contemporary, material and symbolic aspects of human existence? The Anthropology Major provides you a holistic study of humans from an evolutionary and cross-cultural perspective.

Anthropology Program

Possible Careers:

  • Applied Anthropologist
  • Museum Curator
  • Market Researcher
  • Park Ranger/Tour Guide



For more information: Office Hours M-F 8:00 – 12:30, 1:00 – 4:30

Sharyne Ryals (503) 838-8288  |  Dr. Mary Pettenger  |  Location: BELL 231A