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2022-2023 Catalog 
2022-2023 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Social Science Division

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Division Chair Mary Pettenger

The Social Science Division is responsible for majors and minors in History, International Studies, Political Science, Public Policy and Administration, Social Science, Social Science Teacher Education, Sociology and Sustainability.

The following minors are taught either wholly or partially, by this division: Environmental Studies, Film Studies, Gender Studies, Legal Studies, Latin American Studies, Latino/Chicano Studies, Public History, and Military Science.


This community of scholars explores the society’s many dimensions by using methods developed by their discipline to understand both the past and the present. Division graduates apply these methods to resolving local, national and international issues.

Program Objectives

  1. Develop critical thinking, writing and speaking skills that analyze and communicate social issues.
  2. Engage in research, internships and practicums for service agencies and schools.
  3. Encourage leadership in addressing institutional, community and national issues.

For more detailed program information about coursework, faculty and admission requirements, call 503-838-8288 or visit our website at wou.edu/socialscience/.

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