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The undergraduate students of SSPS come from diverse backgrounds and disciplines, each with their own unique interests and technical expertise. But they all share one thing in common: an interest in the transformative power of the social sciences.

For more about undergraduate SSPS projects, including the Major Qualifying Project (MQP) and Interactive Qualifying Project (IQP), see Student Projects.

 

Undergraduate Highlights

Students at Turn Back Time
Students from Crystal Brown’s “GOV 2311: Environmental Policy and Law” course work at the “Turn Back Time” non-profit nature-based education center in Paxton, MA.
Development Design lab students in Accra
Development Design Lab students in Accra, Ghana.
International field trip to Europe
"Sustainable Cities" led by Robert Krueger, an international field trip to central Europe.
Sustainable development in Frieberg, Germany
Urban sustainable development students in Freiberg, Germany.

The SSPS department is currently in the process of phasing out our Bachelor’s degree offerings in Economics (BS)Environmental & Sustainability Studies (BA); and Society, Technology & Policy (BS). These subjects will be represented under our new Sustainable Design & Society (BA) undergraduate degree starting in the 2021–2022 academic year. Students enrolled in the 2021–2022 academic year or earlier can still complete these degrees. 

SSPS Undergraduate Curriculum

SSPS students can explore a variety of topics based on their chosen degree(s) and interests. See what you'll learn under each SSPS subject in the dropdown below or explore our SSPS course offerings.

  • Development (DEV)
    • Sustainable Development
    • Environmental Governance
    • Knowledge Diversity
    • Water, Sanitation, & Health
    • Social Studies of Science
    • Global Development
  • Economics (ECON)
    • Macroeconomics

    • Microeconomics

    • Behavioral Economics 

    • Econometrics

    • Policy Analysis & Evaluation

  • Environmental & Sustainability Studies (ENV)
    • Environmental Justice
    • Environmental Philosophy
    • Sustainable & Resilient Communities
    • Climate Policy
    • Planning & Policy
  • Political Science, Government, & Law (GOV)
    • Politics 
    • Policy & Law 
    • Government (Comparative & Global)
    • International & Global Politics 
    • Environmental Policy 
    • Women in Politics 
    • Race, Ethnicity, and Politics 
    • Social Justice 
  • Psychology (PSY)
    • Cognition
    • Social Psychology
    • Psychobiology
    • Diversity Science
    • Learning Science
  • System Dynamics (SD)
    • System Behavior
    • Computer Simulation Modeling
    • Modeling and Analysis
    • Scenario Analysis
    • What-If Scenarios
  • Sociology (SOC)
    • Social Anthropology
    • Sociology of the Environment
    • Sociology of Money
    • Cultural Difference
    • Political Economy
  • Social Science (SS)
    • Serious Games
    • Research Methods
    • Systems Thinking
  • Global Public Health (STS)
    • Global Public Health
    • Epidemiology
    • Health Psychology
    • Biology & Biotechnology
    • Health Policy

Credit Conversion: As an undergraduate, you can also take semester-long graduate courses in SSPS to count towards your degree. See WPI’s policies on credit conversion for more details.  

Independent Studies: We also encourage our undergraduate students to pursue independent studies (ISUs) with SSPS faculty members based on their individual interests. ISUs can count towards most of your degree requirements. For questions about ISUs, reach out to your advisor or the Registrar’s Office

Double Major in SSPS

Interested in double majoring in SSPS? With careful planning and double counting courses, you can complete two majors of your choosing in just four years! Consider a double major in SSPS and one of WPI’s other SSPS-related STEM programs: 

Students who double major in SSPS also only need to complete one MQP for both majors. For more information about double majoring, reach out to your advisor or check out WPI’s undergraduate course catalog

Minor in SSPS

Whether you’re interested in SSPS but can’t commit to a full degree or you’re an SSPS undergraduate who wants to explore everything we have to offer, one of our six SSPS-related minors might be right for you:

Students cannot minor in the same subject as their area of specialization or their major. For example, a student majoring in Psychological Science cannot also minor in Psychology. 

Get started on your SSPS minor by emailing Robert Krueger to find an advisor and filling out a minor declaration form

Ready to Apply? 

See WPI’s undergraduate admissions page for more information. Reach out to Robert Krueger with any SSPS-specific undergraduate admissions questions!