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Social Science: Community Development and Leadership Option

As a Social Science student pursing the option in Community Development and Leadership program, you will investigate the social and cultural dynamics in our communities, explore how these dynamics impact the development of sustainable communities, and examine how effective community leadership impacts positive social change.

This program is taught to complement Oregon State University’s existing strength in environmental sciences and OSU-Cascades concentration on sustainability. The curriculum, in keeping with the most current scholarly approaches to studies in social science, allows you to synthesize ideas from varied disciplines to examine how you can work for a more sustainable future. This degree is housed within the College of Liberal Arts at Oregon State University.

You will gain fundamental skills in communication, political science, anthropology, environmental science and where these fields intersect with the arts and sciences.

Areas of investigation include wellness, place, dwelling, food and community, migration and sense of place, sustainable communication, and community dialogue and public environments. One of the most distinctive features of this program is that most programs of its kind are graduate certificate programs; this is an undergraduate degree program.

Social Science Student Learning Outcomes

Careers in Social Sciences

This degree provides you with the knowledge necessary to understand and make decisions in the growing fields of community development and leadership. Social Science graduates work in youth and family services, public health, education, regional planning, community organizing, market research, government policy, and environmental leadership.

Program Degree Requirements

1. The Social Science degree includes two major groups (cores) of classes plus an option:

  • Social Science Major Core (28-35 credits)
  • Environmental Science Core (9-11 credits)
  • Option: Community Development and Leadership Option. (22-24 credits)

2. Students must satisfy the OSU Baccalaureate Core, College of Liberal Arts Core Requirements, and Social Science major requirements.


Advising Tools:

Detailed advising information can be accessed by visiting the OSU-Cascades Advising page.

Future students should connect with an Admissions Advisor for admission and program questions.

New students, including transfer students, begin their advising process by registering to attend a required new student orientation session at which time they will meet with an academic advisor. 

Social Science Faculty

natalie-dollarNatalie Dollar, Associate Dean, Arts & Sciences; Associate Professor, Speech Communication

elizabeth-marinoElizabeth Marino, Program Lead, Research Associate, Instructor