A Community of Explorers

In the social science degree program, you'll explore the dynamics of human interactions in society.


Real World Experts

When you study social science at OSU-Cascades, you benefit from OSU's strength in environmental sciences and sustainability. Professor Elizabeth Marino's research looks at the challenges facing communities affected by climate change and other disasters. She was appointed by the White House as a delegate to the Second Arctic Science Ministerial, an international meeting in Berlin.

About the Degree

Students can pursue a bachelor of arts or bachelor of science degree in social science with an option in community development and leadership. You will investigate the social and cultural dynamics in our communities, explore how these dynamics impact the development of sustainable communities, and examine how effective community leadership impacts positive social change.

You will gain fundamental skills in communication, political science, anthropology, environmental science and where these fields intersect with the arts and sciences.

Areas of investigation include wellness, place, dwelling, food and community, migration and sense of place, sustainable communication, and community dialogue and public environments. One of the most distinctive features of this program is that most programs of its kind are graduate certificate programs; this is an undergraduate degree program.

Undergraduate Degrees Offered

Bachelor of Arts in Social Science
Bachelor of Science in Social Science

Degree Requirements


Fueling a Dream

Taha Elwafati’s ambitions are big. He wants to reshape the country’s political landscape. At Summit High School in Bend, Taha served on student government. Now at OSU-Cascades and majoring in social science, he is developing political and leadership skills by serving as vice chair of the Student Fee Committee, and he's leading an effort to revise the committee’s constitution. It’s good training, as after he graduates, Taha hopes to work for the U.S. State Department and then attend law school and focus on civil rights. Read more

Sample Courses

 Environmental Sociology
Cultural Codes in Communication
Social Psychology
Communication and Cyberspace
Sociology of Intimate Relationships
Intro to US Government & Politics
Sustainable Communities
Social Aspects of Sustainability
Peoples of the World: North America
Anthropology, Health and Environment
Environmental Law & Politics
Welfare and Social Services
Introduction to Rhetorical Theory

Careers in Social Sciences

This degree provides you with the knowledge necessary to understand and make decisions in the growing fields of community development and leadership.

Social science graduates work in:

  • Youth and Family Services
  • Public Health
  • Education
  • Regional Planning
  • Community Organizing
  • Market Research
  • Government Policy
  • Environmental Leadership
Contact Us

Future students should connect with an admissions advisor for admission and program questions.

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