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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?


UO team led by biologist Paul Cziko found that Weddell seals produce sounds at frequencies that are ...
Weddell Seal
Economics student and Ronald E. McNair Scholar Matthew Dodier examines the effect of wildfire smoke ...
Mathew Dodier story
A study co-authored by UO chemistry professor Geraldine Richmond found that insufficient ...
Chemistry story
Physicist Tien-Tien Yu and biochemist Scott Hansen were named recipients of the NSF’s Career ...