The Social Sciences Department at Cal Poly offers bachelor’s degrees and minors in Anthropology-Geography and Sociology, as well as a minor in Latin American Studies. Within each major, students are required to choose a concentration relevant to their future career endeavors. The Anthropology-Geography major concentrations include global studies and international development, environmental studies and sustainability, and human ecology. Sociology majors can choose a concentration in criminal justice, organizations, or social services.

Students are trained in applied technical skills including GIS, remote sensing, research design, social data collection, and qualitative/quantitative methodology.

Modified from https://socialsciences.calpoly.edu

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Senior Projects from 2013

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Geographic Information Systems Analysis of Crime in San Luis Obispo for 2012, Eric DeLorme

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A Sociological and Statistical Analysis of Fraternity Men's Attitudes on Rape and Sexual Assault, Cierra Ensign

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Political Neutrality in Europe during World War II, Gary Gayer

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A STUDY OF RELATIONSHIPS BETWEEN SOCIOECONOMIC INDICATORS AND RATES OF HUMAN TRAFFICKING VICTIMIZATION IN EUROPE AND CENTRAL ASIA, Ivan Grishchenko

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Gender Discrimination in the Workforce, Natalie Hays and Katherine Morrow

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The Impact of Westernization on the Fijian Birth Model, Sophia Heick

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Policies and Implementation of Global Development, Scott Kjorlien

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Race and Education, Amy Krumpholz

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AN ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW GUIDE TO STUDYING ABROAD AT CAL POLY, Kendall Loggins

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HIGH SCHOOL BULLYING AWARENESS AND PREVENTION, Tracey Ruby Madrigal

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Understanding the Increased Prevalence of Autism in the United States, Jenna Marie Mendes

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Energy Conservation and Green Roofing, Michael Meskin

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Elementary School Gardens and the Community, Christine Moon and Rachel Spinelli

Maori Cultural Heritage Preservation Project at The South Otago Museum, Emily M. Nevitt

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Social Sciences Career and Internship Exploration Day, Connie Ng, Katrina Schwarz, and Janiece Jarman

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The Stress Revolution: An Examination of Acculturative Stress and an Emerging Modern Human Stress Response, Jeffrey Nicklas

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The Imperative of Conserving California's Foothill Oak Woodlands, Lauren Phillips

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American Ball Sports: Origins and Evolutions, Kevin Rask

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Conversion of Greenhouse Gasses Into Energy, Sarah C. Rippe

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Militarization of the Police Force: Causes and the Alternative, Justin Rivas

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Wine to Water, Jennifer Stangland

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Geographical Spread of Asians in California, Lydia Tang

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Public Housing: An Introspective Study on Public Housing and Its Effects on Health and Well-being, Janna Traeger and Victoria Phillips

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Pedagogical Development of Zen Buddhism and Taoism for Taos Ed. Ventures, Kelsey Tyler

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The Theory of Continuity: An alternate analysis and supporting experiment on the expressed modes of human interaction, Michael J. Vogel