Social Sciences is home to the academic disciplines of Economics, History, Political Science, and Geography as well as interdisciplinary programs.

The Department of Social Sciences is home to the EconomicsHistory, and Political Science disciplines; interdisciplinary programs in Urban & Regional Studies and Social Studies; and master’s degree programs in Public Administration and Public Policy; and Geography unit.  Supplementing these academic areas are various internship opportunities for students through our Public Affairs and Ottawa Internship Programs.  The Social Sciences Department also hosts an ongoing Research Colloquium and a Mid-East Lecture Series.  These diverse opportunities share a focus on the forces that have been affecting human individuals and groups in an ever-changing and increasingly complex world.

Student Services & Facilities

There are tables and chairs in an open setting on the first floor.

There is a quiet study area on the second floor of the building, room 2220 SSB. The study room has several computer stations and a U-Print release station.

On the second floor chairs are arranged in an open, informal setting.

Click here for information on the Writing Center.

There is a vending room to the right of the stairway.

Internships & Co-ops

The Social Science department offers the following internship opportunities. Urban and Regional Studies also offers the URST Internship, which appears in the course schedule as URST 485. It offers students field experiences with businesses, non-profit organizations and government agencies.

Research Opportunities

The following disciplines in the Social Sciences department have research opportunities available:


Invitation to do an independent study on Macroeconometric models of the U.S. Economy

Political Science

The political science faculty support student participation in the annual Meeting of the Minds, which provides undergraduate students and faculty at UM-Dearborn, UM-Flint and Oakland University the opportunity to come together to present and discuss their research.

Urban and Regional Studies

Urban and Regional Studies (URST) program majors are required to complete 6 credit hours of community based research.  This can take the form of any combination of an Academic Internship, an Independent Study or an Academic Service Learning Course.