Skills Honed in the Major

SOAN Beyond Lewis & Clark College

The skills acquired in the SOAN major prepare students for a wide variety of opportunities outside Lewis & Clark College. Many of our students take advantage of internships, fellowships, and off-campus studies programs while at LC. After graduating, some alumni join the workforce immediately, while others build on their SOAN skills with additional training in areas such as public health, law, social work and education.


  • Communicating in a globalized world
  • Recognizing varied perspectives
  • Avoiding preconceptions
  • Providing a global perspective
  • Seeing the “big picture”

Knowledge Base

  • Understanding group behavior and dynamics
  • Understanding societal trends and influences
  • Understanding human migrations
  • Understanding ethnicity, cultures and their history and origins
  • Understanding community resources
  • Understanding connections between past and present


  • Formulating appropriate research questions
  • Interviewing
  • Surveying
  • Selecting research methods
  • Sampling, gathering and organizing data
  • Synthesizing and analyzing data
  • Using statistical software packages
  • Recognizing trends and patterns
  • Careful record-keeping


  • Formulating clear and persuasive messages
  • Writing well
  • Developing organized oral presentations
  • Creating informative visual aids
  • Using both descriptive and statistical data to support an idea.
  • Listening, clarifying, questioning and responding
  • Writing grant proposals

 People skills

  • Understanding race, class, and gender differences
  • Working well with diverse groups
  • Providing strong leadership
  • Working well in teams
  • Demonstrating social ease in strange situations
  • Paying attention to detail
  • Planning projects
  • Conducting field studies
  • Managing conflicts
  • Understanding and improving human relationships