Degree Programs

Learn to approach problem-solving like an interdisciplinary social scientist. Go beyond seeing complex issues as purely technical problems.

Study the human side of complex issues. Apply methods of anthropologists, geographers, historians, political scientists, and sociologists. Earn an interdisciplinary degree: a Bachelor's of Science (BS) in Sustainability Science and Society or Social Sciences. Or a disciplinary degree: a BS in Anthropology or a Bachelor's of Arts in History. Regardless of the path you choose, our faculty will help you lay the foundation for a meaningful career.

The department also offers two accelerated master's degrees where a BA/BS plus one year of graduate classes leads to a MS degree in Environmental and Energy Policy or Industrial Heritage and Archaeology. See our graduate page for more information.

"It is not what you want to be when you grow up; rather, what problems in the world do you hope to solve? Whatever goal you endeavor, be all in, and start today. Be open-minded and stay thirsty for knowledge. Try new things and passionately, but rationally, follow your dreams. Do not let inexperience or fear dictate your life. Build from every accomplishment and when you get to the finish line, find your next goal."Amy Storer, '10, BS Social Sciences


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Social Sciences faculty and graduate mentors are eager to introduce you to their research, community engagement, and creative work early in your academic career. Learn many of the social science skills that are necessary for today's workforce: team building, problem-solving, community engagement, and critical thinking.  

The Undergraduate Program for Exploration and Research in Social Sciences (UPERSS)

  • provides you research and experiential learning opportunities and connects you with faculty mentors. 
  • seeks to foster collaboration among faculty and students.
  • designed to take you out of the classroom and offers a variety of opportunities to engage in research.