Within each of the social science programs, you will be immersed in learning activities, hands-on practica, internships, and research. You can work for the student newspaper, yearbook, or radio station or take advantage of internships that connect you with media outlets, advertising agencies, social services, and government agencies in Portland. If you are interested in research, professors will work with you on topics such as human memory, psychological disorders, immigration, mental health, and age and gender issues. They will also help you turn your findings into presentations for professional conferences.
You might also want to take advantage of interdisciplinary minors such as Gender and Women’s Studies, Social Justice, Catholic Studies, and/or Neuroscience to integrate your disciplinary knowledge with ethics, faith, and reason within in a global context. Many social science majors take advantage of summer and spring break intensive service opportunities through the Moreau Center. Travel options include the U.S./Mexico border, farms in Washington’s Yakima Valley, and Nicaragua to examine economic, environmental, and human rights issues. Study abroad programs in Europe and Central America also offer courses and experiences that fit well with these major areas of study.