Social Science investigates the social and cultural dynamics in our communities, how these dynamics impact the development of sustainable communities, and how effective community leadership impacts positive social change. The curriculum allows you to synthesize ideas from varied disciplines to examine how you can work for a more sustainable future. Areas of investigation include wellness, place, dwelling, food and community, migration and sense of place, sustainable communication, and community dialogue.
Degree: BA/BS in Social Science
Option: Community Development & Leadership
Social Science Faculty
PDF handout for Social Science
Potential Career Options in Social Science:
Use the career exploration resources to learn about the potential career options below.
(some occupations may require further education/licensure)
Family Service Advocate
Human Resources Manager
Public Relations Director
Where are OSU Social Science alumni working?
(Data obtained from LinkedIn)
Librarian, Deschutes Public Library
Lawyer, Innovative Law Group
Outreach Coordinator, Heart N’Home Hospice & Palliative Care
Parks & Open Space Planning Manager, City of Eugene
Community Health Worker, PeaceHealth
Region Operations Manager, U.S. Bank
City Administrator, City of Harrisburg
Case Manager, State of Oregon
Research Analyst, Wellness & Education Board of Central Oregon
Mayor, City of Redmond
Training & Development Specialist, State of Oregon
Editor, Harvest House Publications
Criminal Justice Consultant, Migima LLC
Policy Analyst, ECONorthwest
Where have OSU students participated in experiential learning (internships/research/etc.)?
In addition to our general job, internship, and volunteer search resources, below are some industry specific resources to help you search for opportunities in Social Science. Don't forget the important process of researching employers and networking with professionals in companies/organizations that you are interested in.
In addition to our general Graduate/Professional School resources, utilize the following resources for researching advanced degrees in Social Science.
Involvement in professional associations can expand your network, keep you up to date on current trends in the field, and give you access to additional job and internship opportunities.