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College of Social SciencesProviding all students with a strong liberal arts education in traditional and applied social sciences which includes emphases in multicultural, communicative, interdisciplinary and international perspectives on society and the world.
121 Senior Hall
Cheney, WA 99004
Programs of Study
Addiction Studies is a multidisciplinary program that provides university-level education valuable for students in all disciplines, particularly those students interested in alcohol/drug prevention and treatment and careers in health, business and industry, criminal justice, and human services.
Africana Studies courses provide a critical understanding and appreciation of the African diaspora today and historically from an African-centered worldview. The minor also provides students the opportunity to evaluate the influence of African culture on the entire human civilization.
The Aging Studies Program is designed to prepare students for careers in the development, management and provision of services to older persons.
Eastern's American Indian Studies Program is designed to explore the past, present and future of American Indians through studies in their history, literature, research and culture.
Anthropology offers students the opportunity to broaden their exposure to peoples and cultures of the world, both now and in the past. The four-field approach considers the biological, cultural, prehistoric and linguistic aspects of human diversity. Home of Archaeological and Historical Services of EWU. Careers include working with private sector archaeology firms, state and federal government agencies, and community non-profit organizations.
The Chicano Education Program offers a Chicano studies academic minor designed to provide all students, regardless of ethnicity, a comprehensive understanding and appreciation of the Chicano/Latino community and relevant issues.
Eastern Washington University's major in Children's Studies was the first in the nation. The curriculum of this interdisciplinary program focuses on the developmental, learning and social issues of children from birth to 18. The Children's Studies major incorporates coursework from departments across the University, including Education, Sociology, and Counseling, Educational and Developmental Psychology.
The Bachelor of Arts in communication studies offers you two options: communication studies and communication studies in public relations. Both options provide you with a strong foundation in communication and the social sciences.
Disability Studies is an academic program that teaches students about disability and people with disabilities as valuable members of the diverse tapestry of society. The program’s emphasis on universal access for all people complements the university’s mission to prepare its graduates to live and work in a diverse society.
The geography program is designed for students seeking professional careers in environmental fields, geographic information systems (GIS), education and for those going on to graduate study. Typical career fields include computer cartography and GIS, urban and regional planning, community development, environmental analysis, park ranger, intelligence analyst, hydrologist, climatologist, natural resources specialist, demographer, historic preservation specialist and numerous other environmental areas.
George Santayana wrote, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” History provides knowledge for unlocking all other realms of human development. The study of history provides a solid foundation not only for history and social studies education majors, but for careers in law, business, government, international relations, journalism, library services and museums, to name but a few. As peoples of different ethnicities interact with each other more frequently in the 21st century, understanding each other’s past paves the way for harmonious and beneficial cross-cultural relations.
The interdisciplinary studies program offers three unique degree options for students seeking programs which provide a broad academic background that is applicable to an array of career opportunities. The programs are: liberal arts, prior learning (adult learner) and interdisciplinary.
The International Affairs Program is an interdisciplinary program of the Department of Political Science for students who aspire to work as diplomats, foreign affairs researchers, military specialists, corporate managers, international development professionals, journalists, lawyers, international bankers, teachers and entrepreneurs, and is home to the Model United Nations.
Any EWU student may enroll in MLSC 100 and 200-level courses, without obligation to the military, to gain practical leadership experience and to see if becoming an Army officer is something they are interested in pursuing while in college
The study of Political Science brings a student face-to-face with the issues and concerns of living in a complex world where some measure of public action is necessary to make life livable. Graduates enter the fields of law, public administration, teaching, political staff work and public relations staff work. Home of the pre-law program, international affairs program and the Mock Trial team.
Psychology is a diverse discipline, grounded in science, aimed to understand human behavior. While some are basic researchers who develop and test theories, others apply the discipline’s scientific knowledge to help people, organizations, and communities.
With a major in Race and Culture Studies, you will learn how to work with people of different backgrounds because you will have knowledge about their cultures, their social and historical experiences, and their ways of interacting and being in the world.
Social studies education is a certificate program leading to a bachelor of arts in education. Working with the Department of Education, students will receive a state-endorsed major in the area of social studies. The curriculum is made up of five core areas: history, geography, anthropology/sociology, government and economics. Social studies teachers enable their students to understand the social nature of the world and the interrelated institutions in society through a strong historical approach.
The School of Social Work embraces the mission of Eastern Washington University to expand opportunities for personal transformation through excellence in learning. The School's Bachelor of Arts in Social Work (BASW) and Master of Social Work (MSW) Programs are fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education.
Women's and Gender Studies offers students an interdisciplinary examination of women's roles, contributions, history, and experiences, as well as a critical study of gender structures in societies and cultures in the U.S. and the world.