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History and Social Sciences

Social science is the study of human society, past and present, that encompasses topics that range from how an individual makes a decision to how large-scale cultural norms are created. The division offers majors in anthropology, economics, history, political science, and sociology.

VIDEO LIBRARY

Faculty Office Hours '21 - History and American Studies

Watch highlights of faculty office hours as Professors of History and Humanities, David Garrett and Jackie Dirks, talk about studying history and American studies at Reed.

Alumni Interview with Alex Walker '12, History

Milyon Trulove, Vice President and Dean of Admission and Financial Aid, talks with Alex Walker '12, Reed alum and real estate associate at Morrison & Foerster LLP.

Faculty Office Hours '21 - Anthropology, Sociology, ICPS and CRES

Watch highlights of the faculty office hours as Professor of Anthropology, Paul Silverstein, and Professor of Sociology, Yaejoon Kwon, talk about the anthropology and sociology departments and the ICPS and CRES majors at Reed.

Faculty Office Hours '21 - Political Science and Religion

Watch the highlights of faculty office hours as Peter Steinberger, Professor of Political Science and Humanities, and Kristin Scheible, Associate Professor of Religion and Humanities, talk about the political science and the religion majors at Reed.

Faculty Office Hours '21 - Anthropology, Sociology, ICPS and CRES (Full Length)

Watch a recording of the faculty office hours as professor of anthropology, Paul Silverstein, and professor of sociology, Yaejoon Kwon, talk about the anthropology and sociology departments and the International Comparative Policy Studies and Critical Race & Ethnicity Studies majors at Reed.

Alumni Interview with Van Havig '92, Economics

Milyon Trulove, Vice President and Dean of Admission and Financial Aid, talks with Van Havig '92, Reed alum and owner, founder, and master brewer at Gigantic Brewing Company.

Faculty Office Hours '21 - Economics

Watch highlights of faculty office hours as professors of economics, Jon Rork and Tristan Nighswander talk about the economics department at Reed.

Faculty Office Hours '21 - Economics (Full Length)

Watch the recording of faculty office hours as professors of economics, Jon Rork and Tristan Nighswander talk about the economics department at Reed.

Anthropology Faculty Office Hour Highlights

Watch the highlights from virtual faculty office hours to learn more about the department and their areas of research. Paul Silverstein and Anand Vaidya introduce the anthropology department. This session was recorded live over video conferencing on May 1, 2020.

History Faculty Office Hour Highlights

Watch the highlights from virtual faculty office hours to learn more about the department and their areas of research. Michael Breen and David Garrett introduce the history department. This session was recorded live over video conferencing on April 27, 2020.

History, American Studies, and Chinese Humanities Faculty Office Hours

Spend 40 minutes with professors in their virtual office hours as they break down the major at Reed, discuss their areas of research, and answer your questions about their departments. This session was recorded live over video conferencing on April 17, 2020.

History, American Studies, and Chinese Humanities Faculty Office Hour Highlights

Watch the highlights from virtual faculty office hours to learn more about the department and faculty areas of research. This session was recorded live over video conferencing on April 15, 2020.

Political Science and Economics Faculty Office Hours

Join Reed faculty in their virtual office hours as they break down the major at Reed, discuss their areas of research, and answer your questions about their departments. Chris Koski introduces the political science department and Jon Rork discusses the economics department. This session was recorded live over video conferencing on April 10, 2020.

Political Science and Economics Faculty Office Hour Highlights

Watch the highlights from virtual faculty office hours to learn more about the department and their areas of research. Chris Koski introduces the political science department and Jon Rork discusses the economics department. This session was recorded live over video conferencing on April 10, 2020.

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ANTHROPOLOGY/ICPS: Anthropology of Global Health

T/Th 8:50am - 10:10am ; T/Th 10:25am - 11:45am

What assumptions does global health reflect about bodies, families, history, and biomedicine itself?  How does global health both reflect and perpetuate transnational political and economic shifts? We will draw on recent ethnographic analyses from around the world as well as historical studies that illuminate global health’s antecedents.

ANTHROPOLOGY/CRES: Black Queer Diaspora

M/W 1:25pm - 2:45pm

This course examines the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer, and transgender people across the Black diaspora. Black Queer Studies queries the creativity and variety with which Black people have been shaped by and continuously reshape these histories, undermining pre-supposed norms of race, gender, and sexuality. 

ECONOMICS: Introduction to Economic Analysis

M/W/F 10:05am - 10:55am ; M/W/F 11:10am - 12:00pm

This course familiarizes students with the fundamental question of economics: how do we allocate scarce resources among competing ends?

ECONOMICS: Introduction to Economics

T/Th 3:15pm - 4:00pm ; T/Th 4:15pm - 5:00pm

This course will introduce students to the analytical approaches and tools of the economics discipline and explore how these are used to examine current issues and problems that arise in the functioning of economic systems.

ECONOMICS: Market Development in Poor Countries

T/Th 9:00am - 10:00am

 The economic problems and policies of poor countries will be examined in this course, with emphasis on agriculture and the rural sector because this is where much of the population and economic activity is located and where poverty is often most severe.

ECONOMICS: Theory and Practice of Econometrics

T/Th 1:40pm - 3:00pm

This course is an introduction to the statistical methods commonly used in economic research. Classroom development of theoretical material is combined with extensive hands-on practice of econometric techniques.

HISTORY: Crime and Law in Medieval and Early Modern Europe

M/W 3:00pm - 4:20pm

Through an analysis of law codes, court records, and other historical sources, this course will trace the development of criminal law and justice in premodern Europe.

HISTORY/AMERICAN STUDIES/ ENV STUDIES: The American Earth: U.S. Environmental History in the Twentieth Century

T/TH 12:00pm - 1:20pm

This course will address the concurrent histories of American environmental politics and the changing environment itself in twentieth-century U.S. history.

POLITICAL SCIENCE: Introduction to (Western) Political Thought

M/W 1:25pm - 2:45pm ; M/W 3:00pm - 4:20pm

“How should we live together?” If you’ve ever asked this question, then you are a budding political theorist. This course introduces you to a loose, if rich, tradition of answers to this question.

SOCIOLOGY: Introduction to Sociology

T/Th 3:15pm - 4:35pm

This course is an introduction to sociological perspectives on patterns of human conduct, ranging from fleeting encounters in informal gatherings to historical processes of institutional persistence and change.

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