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 socialsciences.calpoly.edu

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Senior Projects from 2011

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The World of Coffee: a Holistic Study of the Socioeconomic and Environmental Implications of the Many Aspects of Business Within the World of Coffee, Lillie Lamm

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Overview of Healthcare Quality: Hospitals and Public Health Trends: Rural vs. Urban, Sandy S. Lee

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Education as Liberation for Low Income Students, Aaron T. McCoy

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The Influence of Andean Social Movements in Enacting Democratic Reform, Reid Meadows

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Fiji Aquaculture/Rice Farming Analysis, Mackenzie Myers, Lyla Rintoul, Torie Robinson, Michelle Spina, and Ryan Wilkey

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The Immigrant Experience: Mexico and Central America to the United States, Shannon R. Nelson

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Environmental Refugees, Katie L. Peters

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'Mai Pen Rai': A Cultural Ecology of Thailand, Darcie Plocher

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Evolution and Impact of Undocumented Immigration in American Society, Mercedes Delia Rivera

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A Study Of Intergenerational Crime From A Sociological Standpoint, Anna Robosson

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Chilean Education & A Radical Atmosphere of Change, Kelly Scheuer

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Fraternities: The Gangs of the United States' Elite, Daniel A. Tennant

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Breasts are for Feeding: An Anthropological, Archaeological Examination of Breastfeeding, Blaize A. Uva

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The Ecology of San Luis Obispo: A children's book, Heidi Van Campen

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The Establishment of the United States National Parks and the Eviction of Indigenous People, Emily A. Vernizzi

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A Survey and 5-Point Analysis of Modern Day Human Trafficking, Sarah Wietbrock

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Human Trafficking in San Luis Obispo County: Assessing the Local Law Enforcement's Mechanisms for Prevention, Paige K. Wopschall