Society & Identity Pathway

In the Society and Identity Pathway, students think and learn critically about human behavior and social forces, with analysis of how people create, maintain, and are affected by definitions of race, gender, class, culture, disability and other social locations.

Students learn about the theories and methods that inform research and practice, while also gaining academic experiences that explore historically underrepresented narratives.  Using the knowledge and skills from their education, students pursue a broad range of careers working with individuals, families, and larger communities, in direct practice, business, policy and advocacy, research, and education.

Majors include: Black Studies; Child, Youth & Family Studies: Indigenous Nations & Native American Studies; Psychology; Pre-Education, Sexuality, Gender & Queer Studies; Social Science; Social Work; Sociology; Special Education; Women's Studies.


IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR STUDENTS NEW TO PSU:

Incoming freshmen and transfer students should complete Orientation prior to scheduling an appointment with their advisor for their first term. Orientation covers the information necessary to select and register for classes, and students may follow up with their advisor afterwards if they have specific questions. 


How to meet with a Society & Identity Advisor:

Students in this Pathway, including Exploratory, are assigned to their advisor based on the major or pre-professional program and the last two digits of their PSU ID number as listed below. Students who change their major within this Pathway after starting classes at PSU do not need to change their advisor.

Appointments with Pathway Advisors

Schedule an appointment using the advisor links at the bottom of this page, or call our Front Desk at 503-725-3822.

If you need assistance more quickly than your assigned advisor is available, you may schedule a 30 minute appointment with the next available advisor.

Drop-in Advising Peer Advisors

Schedule a 15-minute conversation with a peer advisor. Peer advisors are PSU students who are selected based on their advanced experience. They can help you:

  • Learn about graduation requirements
  • Find what you need at PSU
  • Refer you to a pathway advisor, if needed

For general questions, email sipathway@pdx.edu. Please do not use this email to request an appointment.

Black Studies

  • Kim Utschig

Child, Youth, & Family Studies

  • ID ending 00-75: Kim Utschig
  • ID ending 76-99: Elizabeth Benner
  • Planning to attend PSU and/or want to learn more about CYFS? Attend a CYFS Information Session. Find dates, times, and RSVP on the SSW Events Calendar.

Exploratory/Undeclared

  • ID ending 00-24: Ben Alberts
  • ID ending 25-49: Scott Broussard
  • ID ending 50-76: Meghan Opbroek
  • ID ending 77-99: See any advisor

Indigenous Nations & Native American Studies

  • Kim Utschig

Psychology

  • ID ending 00-14: Ben Alberts
  • ID ending 15-46: Scott Broussard
  • ID ending 47-78: Meghan Opbroek
  • ID ending 79-99: See any advisor

Pre-Elementary Education

  • ID ending 00-34: Ben Alberts
  • ID ending 35-99: Elizabeth Benner
  • For information on Bilingual Teacher Program admissions and teacher licensing, contact Erica Soule, Admissions Advisor and Recruiter, Bilingual Teacher Pathway 
  • Want to learn more? Read the Pre-Education Guidebook

Sexuality,  Gender, & Queer Studies

  • Kim Utschig

Social Science*

  • ID ending 00-24: Ben Alberts
  • ID ending 25-49: Scott Broussard
  • ID ending 50-76: Meghan Opbroek
  • ID ending 77-99: See any advisor

Social Work

  • Students with ID ending 00-45: Kim Utschig
  • Students with ID ending 46-99: Elizabeth Benner
  • Planning to attend PSU and/or want to learn more about Social Work? Attend a Social Work Information Session. Find dates, times, and RSVP on the SSW Events Calendar.

Sociology

  • ID ending 00-40: Ben Alberts
  • ID ending 41-99: See any advisor

Special Education

  • Elizabeth Benner
  • For information on Special Education admissions and teacher licensing, contact Erica Soule, Admissions Advisor and Recruiter, Undergraduate Special Education.
  • Want to learn more? Read the Pre-Education Guidebook

Women's Studies

  • Kim Utschig

*Students who change to Social Science may continue to meet their original advisor and do not need to change to a Society & Identity advisor.

Society & Identity Advisors