General social science

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Undergraduate degrees: BA or BS

About the major

General social sciences is a multidisciplinary, undergraduate program that prepares students for success in an interconnected global environment. GSS majors learn how analyze social issues using research and critical thinking. They also develop innovative problem-solving skills, which are applicable towards professional fields like business, government, law, and education. The GSS curriculum provides flexibility in both class schedules and coursework. This allows students to tailor their educations according to their interests, and to balance multiple academic or personal pursuits in their lives.

A little more info

  • The GSS program offers courses from 15 UO departments and five professional schools.
  • GSS majors learn how analyze social issues using research and critical thinking.
  • GSS concentrations allow students to focus on social issues related to a specific profession including business, government, law, or education.
  • The GSS curriculum provides flexibility in both class schedules and coursework.
  • GSS is a great fit for students with broad interests that seek to explore multiple disciplines within the social sciences.

Career opportunities

GSS is a multi-disciplinary program that offers four distinct career concentrations: applied economics, business and society; crime, law and society; globalization, environment, and policy; and social science teaching. Each concentration provides tools and/or skills for a variety of career paths. The top occupations for GSS graduates are management; sales and related occupations; office and administrative support occupations; education, and training occupations (source: EMSI).

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