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Social Sciences

Social sciences provide an analytical approach to society’s problems. As a result, faculty and students in the social sciences often focus on issues that are polemic — racism, international conflict and war, ethnic strife, poverty. The goal, however, is to take an objective, empirical approach to these issues that can generate genuine passion — not an easy task.

Social scientists strive to rise above the level of the heated dining-room table debate. Instead of saying, “it should” or “they ought” the social scientist asks why, what or how?


Legendary explorer and human phys grad Ann Bancroft is a lifelong learner and educator.
Students in this philosophy course turned a hospital into their classroom to study medical ethics.
One geography student heads to Ecuador while another travels to Nepal to study natural resources.
Biology undergrad Aaron Nelson took a nontraditional route to the UO, where he’s already ...