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Social Science Program

BA/BS in Social Science   Social Science Major   Social Science Minor   
Social Science Teacher Education Major

The BA/BS degree in Social Science is an interdisciplinary major in social science that prepares students for a variety of responsibilities in both private and governmental agencies. Students can specialize by choosing courses, with the approval of an advisor, that best meet their goals and needs. For more information, please contact  Dr.Mark Henkels , 838-8544, HSS 231A, henkelm@wou.edu.

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BA/BS in Social Science

For more information, please contact  Dr. Mark Henkels , 838-8544, HSS 231A, henkelm@wou.edu. Social Science Major (72 credits)

Courses should be chosen from at least two of the following areas: anthropology, criminal justice, geography, history, political science, and sociology. At least 36 hours must be upper division.

Note: For the B.S. degree in Social Science, students may take any combination of Math/Computer Science/Statistics courses as long as it includes at least one Math course beyond  MTH 105 and one Computer Science course beyond CS 101.

Social Science Major

For more information, please contact Dr. Mark Henkels , 838-8544, HSS 231A, henkelm @wou.edu. Social Science Major (72 credits)

This major consists of 72 credits, of which a minimum of 36 are upper division. In consultation with an advisor, the student should select 36 credits in one discipline, including one theory course and one methods course. Also, at least 27 credits in the selected discipline must be upper division.

The following courses fulfill the departmental theory and methods requirements.



  • ANTH 311 Human Evolution (4)
  • ANTH 324 Anthropological Theory (4)


  • ANTH 325 Ethnographic Methods (4)
  • ANTH 326 Ethnographic Writing (4)
  • ANTH 350 Research Methods in Archaeology (4)
  • ANTH 352 Laboratory Methods in Archaeology (4)
  • ANTH 360 Museum Studies



  • CJ 450 Criminology (4)


  • CJ 327 Research Methods (4)
  • CJ 427 Crime Analysis (4)



  • GEOG 495 History and Philosophy of Geography (4)


  • GEOG 240 Map & Air Photo Interpretation (4)
  • GEOG 321 Field Geography (4)
  • GEOG 340 Cartography (4)
  • GEOG 341 Geographic Information Systems (4)
  • GEOG 384 Qualitative Methods in Geography (4)
  • GEOG 385 Quantitative Methods in Geography (4)
  • GEOG 386 Making Digital Video for the Social Sciences (4)



Consult your History advisor.


See the Comparative/Methods courses listed in the catalog.



  • PS 325 Democracy: Theory and Practice (3)
  • PS 414 Political Parties, Pressure Groups, and Elections (3)
  • PS 419 American Presidential Elections (3)
  • PS 426 Federalism and Intergovernmental Relations (3)
  • PS 440 Causes of War (3)
  • PS 449 Environmental Values and Political Action (3)
  • PS 469 Congress and the Presidency
  • PS 492 Ideologies of the 21st Century (3)


Consult your Political Science adviser.



  • SOC 420 Political Sociology: Theories of the State (3)
  • SOC 460 Feminist Theory (3)
  • SOC 471 Classical Sociological Theory (3)
  • SOC 472 Contemporary Sociological Theory (3)


  • SOC 224 Introduction to Sociology: Research (3)
  • SOC 325 Participant Observation and Qualitative Research Methods (3)
  • SOC 327 Introduction to Social Research (3)
  • SOC 328 Introduction to Social Data Analysis (3)

Social Science Minor

For more information, please contact  Dr. Mark Henkels , 838-8544, HSS 231A, henkelm@wou.edu Social Science Minor (27 credits)

A minor in Social Science may be designed with the help of a division advisor. At least 15 credit hours must be upper-division.

Social Science Teacher Education Major

For more information, please contact  Dr. Mark Henkels , 838-8544, HSS 231A, henkelm@wou.edu Social Science Secondary Education Major (60-61 credits).

Requires a minimum of 30 upper-division credit hours.


GEOG 330 World Regional (4) OR GEOG 313 The Pacific Northwest (4)

Choose one: (4)

  • GEOG 380 Environmental Conservation
  • GEOG 410 Global Issues
  • GEOG 411 Cultural Geography
  • GEOG 413 Urban Geography
  • GEOG 433 Political Geography

Choose any two economics courses: (6)

PS 201 American National Government (3)

Choose one: (3)

  • PS 202 State and Local Government
  • PS 203 International Relations

Choose 6 hours in two of the following disciplines: (12-14)

  • Anthropology
  • Criminal Justice
  • Psychology
  • Sociology

Area of Concentration: (20-21)

The student may choose to concentrate in any one of the following disciplines: History, Geography, Economics, Political Science, Anthropology, Criminal Justice, Psychology or Sociology.

Note: It is recommended that Education majors complete the following as part of their  LACC requirements: PSY 218 (or PSY 201 if already taken), HST 101, 102, and 103 or HST 104, 105, 106 or GEOG 105,106,107. A GPA of 2.75 is required in the above course work in order to be recommended for student teaching. Students must complete a minimum of 12 to 15 hours of social science on the WOU Campus.



Division of Social Sciences 503-838-8288 | or e-mail: ryalss@wou.edu
Location: HSS 231

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