Students who major in Social Science select courses from a broad range of disciplines including Anthropology, Sociology, Psychology, Management, Economics, History, Political Science, and Statistics. These sub-plans include opportunities to study abroad, participate in service learning, or conduct research with some of the University of Minnesota’s most honored teachers, the Morris recipients of the all-University Horace T. Morse Alumni Association Award for Outstanding Contributions to Undergraduate Education.
When you major in Social Science, you can develop and perform your own research, and take advantage of forums to present your work, both on campus and off. Many faculty members bring students to professional conferences, offering the chance to exchange ideas with others in the field and begin building a network of colleagues.
Financial support for student research is available through many venues. University funding opportunities are consolidated by the Academic Center for Enrichment (ACE). One example is the Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP), a University-wide program which provides academically talented students the opportunity to earn up to $1,400 assisting faculty with scholarly and creative projects.
Another, the Morris Academic Partners program (MAP), is unique to the Morris campus and provides paid research partnerships to academically talented, qualified third-year students. The standard stipend is $2,000. The Multi-Ethnic Mentorship Program (MMP) affords students of color the opportunity to receive a $2,000 stipend for working with faculty or staff on year-long projects.
Student work at Morris has also been funded by the University of Minnesota’s Center for Urban and Regional Affairs (CURA) and the Community Assistance Program (CAP). Faculty research funding obtained independently via grants or from other awards may also create paid positions for students to assist in research projects.
The National Science Foundation (NSF) funding interface provides a wealth of grant possibilities to help undergraduate students pursue independent research, or to assist with ongoing research projects as an intern or paid assistant.