Social Science Major

Course Description

Studies provide opportunity for students in a variety of occupational settings in social services, law, government, law enforcement, and education. Students are also prepared for graduate study. The major can be specifically designed to meet Oregon teaching license requirements for Middle School – High School Social Studies licensure.

Major Competencies

  • Graduates will be able to demonstrate knowledge of individual human behavior and subsequent impact on social organization, cultural patterns, and social institutions.
  • Graduates will be able to articulate the process(es) of quantitative and qualitative research approaches in the formation of public policy, nationally as well as internationally.
  • Graduates will be able to analyze the relationship(s) between individual economic units, overall economic principles, and the various institutions and issues of government.


Part 1: General Education Core
(See Core Studies Requirements)

Part 2: Social Science Major

32 credits: 18 credits in residence, 24 credits upper division. Required:

PSY 140/141 General Psychology 3
PS 140 Introduction to Politics and American Government 3
SOC 140 Principles of Sociology 3
EC 201 Principles of Economics: Microeconomics 2
EC 202 Principles of Economics: Macroeconomics 2
SS 393 Research Methods and Applied Statistics 4
or EDPSY 395 Observation, Assessment and Evaluation 3
Choose one from the following courses:
SS 355 Issues in International Relations 3
SOC 340 Ethnic Relations 3
SOC 345 Social Problems and Public Policy 3
SOC 365 Christian Social Concern 3
SOC 380 Contemporary Family Issues 3
Electives in HIS, EC, PSY, PS, SOC, SW, HD 22-23