The world needs thinkers and doers. People with brilliant ideas who act on them. People who can’t wait to solve a problem. People like you.

Pursuing an education in the arts, humanities and social sciences will spark your creativity while building critical-thinking, communication and life skills. It’s also an excellent career strategy because employers look for people with well-rounded academic backgrounds and hands-on learning experience. 

The liberal arts curriculum at Oregon State University will develop and improve your skills, whether your talents lie in design, drawing, writing, organization, relationship-building or performance. Learn how to harness your craft, to be a leader, to improve your community.  

Oregon State offers strong academic programs taught by field-leading professors who are as committed to your success as you are. 

Get ready for what’s next. 

A successful career in the arts and social sciences starts with a well-balanced college-preparatory curriculum. Classes in English and speech will sharpen your writing and communication abilities, and you should also take classes to develop fundamental computer skills. If you’re interested in a field that involves working with and helping people, take advantage of extracurricular and volunteer activities to develop your social and leadership skills during your high school career.

OSU offers more than 200 academic programs

The following colleges offer programs in the arts and social sciences. Find Your Path.

  • Environmental Economics & Policy
  • Sustainability (Double Degree)
  • Apparel Design
  • Design and Innovation Management
  • Interior Design
  • Merchandising Management

Environmental Sciences 

  • Conservation, Resources and Sustainability 
  • Environmental Policy and Economics
  • Environmental Water Resources

Geography and Geospatial Science 

    Natural Resources

    • Conservation Law Enforcement
    • Ecological Restoration
    • Fish and Wildlife Conservation
    • Forest Ecosystems
    • Human Dimensions in Natural Resources

    • Integrated Conservation Analysis

    • Landscape Analysis

    • Natural Resources Education
    • Policy and Management
    • Urban Forest Landscapes
    • Wildland Fire Ecology
    • Individual Specialty Option

    Renewable Materials

    • Advanced Wood Manufacturing
    • Art & Design
    • Management & Marketing
    • Science & Engineering

    Tourism, Recreation and Outdoor Leadership

    • Outdoor Recreation Management
    • Sustainable Tourism Management
    • Nature, Eco and Adventure Tourism (OSU-Cascades)
    • Adventure Leadership Education (OSU-Cascades)

    American Studies (OSU-Cascades)


    • Archaeology
    • Biocultural Option
    • Cultural/Linguistic Anthropology

    Applied Visual Arts


    • Art History
    • Photography and Digital Studio
    • Studio Art

    Arts, Media and Technology (OSU-Cascades)

    Creative Writing

    Digital Communication Arts

    • New Media Communications


    • Law, Economics and Policy
    • Managerial Economics
    • Mathematical Economics


    • Applied Journalism
    • Film Studies
    • Writing 

    Ethnic Studies



    Graphic Design


    • Military History 

    Liberal Studies

    Marine Studies


    • Instrumental Performance
    • Music Education
    • Music Production
    • Piano Performance
    • Popular Music Studies
    • Vocal Performance

    Music Studies


    • Medical Humanities 
    • Peace Studies

    Political Science

    • Environmental and Energy Politics
    • International Affairs
    • Law and Politics


    • Contemplative Studies

    Public Policy

    Religious Studies

    • Yoga Studies 

    Social Science (OSU-Cascades)


    • Crime and Justice
    • Environmental and Natural Resource Sociology
    • Social Justice


    Speech Communication

    • Communication
    • Theater Arts

    Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies

    • Queer Studies

    Human Development and Family Sciences

    • Child Development
    • Early Childhood
    • Human Services

    Public Health

    • Health Management and Policy
    • Health Promotion and Health Behavior 

    Give your career a head start.

    Learning by doing is one of the best ways to prepare for a career, and internships are increasingly important for landing a great job after college. You might work at the Oregon Legislature, state and local government agencies, law firms, newspapers, radio and television stations, design firms or apparel companies. You might even complete an internship overseas with a variety of international companies.

    Your professors, department and college, as well as Oregon State Career Development Center, can help you set up an internship. You can choose to take a term or two off from classes, take classes while completing your internship or do one over the summer.

    Your 1st Year

    During your first year at Oregon State, you’ll build the foundation for a well-rounded education. You’ll develop your critical thinking, communication and problem-solving skills through courses from Oregon State’s Baccalaureate Core — the physical and biological sciences, mathematics, writing, fitness, cultural diversity and first-year orientation — along with some beginning courses in your particular area of interest.

    To make sure you get off to a good start and stay on course for graduation, you should meet with an advisor as you plan your first-year program — and at regular intervals after that

    Multiple scholarships are available. Be sure to apply.

    Get some help paying for college with a variety of university-wide and departmental scholarships. Most scholarships are awarded based on information in the Oregon State application, but others require separate applications, such as our OSU ScholarDollars portal. The deadline to apply for university scholarships is Feb. 1. Be sure to check with your college and department on the deadlines for other scholarships. Apply Now.