Society & Identity Pathway

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; Special Education; Women's Studies.


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.

Due to high demand at this time, if you need assistance more quickly, you may be able to schedule with a PSU advisor from a different pathway.

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

  • ID ending 00-99: Kim Utschig

Child, Youth, & Family Studies

  • 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.
  • Freshmen and sophomores: Due to high demand for advising in Summer and Fall, students can schedule with a PSU advisor from a different pathway using this calendar.
  • Juniors and seniors:
    • ID ending 00-44: Kim Utschig
    • ID ending 45-99: Kate Constable

Exploratory/Undeclared

Due to high demand for advising in Summer and Fall, students can schedule with a PSU advisor from a different pathway using this calendar.

Indigenous Nations & Native American Studies

  • ID ending 00-99: Kim Utschig

Psychology

Due to high demand for advising in Summer and Fall, students can schedule with a PSU advisor from a different pathway using this calendar.

Pre-Elementary Education

  • ID ending 00-99: Casey Campbell
  • Pre-elementary education students may also see any Society & Identity advisor listed below.

Sexuality,  Gender, & Queer Studies

  • ID ending 00-99: Kim Utschig

Social Science*

Due to high demand for advising in Summer and Fall, students can schedule with a PSU advisor from a different pathway using this calendar.

Social Work

  • 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.
  • Freshmen and sophomores: Due to high demand for advising in Summer and Fall, students can schedule with a PSU advisor from a different pathway using this calendar.
  • Juniors and seniors:
    • Students with ID ending 00-69: Kim Utschig
    • Students with ID ending 70-99: Kate Constable

Sociology

  • ID ending 00-43: Ben Alberts
  • ID ending 44-93: Casey Campbell
  • ID ending 94-99: Kate Constable

Special Education

  • ID ending 00-99: Casey Campbell
  • Special education students may also see any Society & Identity advisor listed below.

Women's Studies

  • ID ending 00-99: 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