Social Sciences

The social sciences study how and why human communities and societies are organized as they are, behave as they do, and change over time. Drawing on a diverse array of disciplines and using both quantitative and qualitative methods, social scientists are committed to creating, disseminating, and applying knowledge to address significant social problems in local, national, and global contexts. Learn more on the Social Sciences Factsheet.

 Social Sciences in the News

What's next for Seattle megachurch?
KUOW talks with Jim Wellman, associate professor of American religion, about Mark Driscoll's resignation and what it could mean for the future of Mars Hill Church. Learn more at KUOW.
Life Reimagined tackles relationships at any age
"New Day" talks with Pepper Schwartz, professor of sociology and AARP's "Love and Relationship Ambassador." Learn more at KING 5.


Northwest Census Research Data Center

Simpson Center

The Northwest Census Research Data Center provides the region’s researchers efficient access to restricted data from demographic, economic, public health, and household surveys. In addition to its own data, the Census Bureau links to data from other federal agencies, including the Internal Revenue Service, the Department of Labor, and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), providing a wealth of information which may accelerate critical research and discoveries.

Opens September 24th. See web site.

Social Sciences Departments and Units

Social Sciences Centers / Degree Programs

  • Integrated Social Sciences Online Degrees
  • Also see the Social Sciences Centers page


    Divisional Dean Judith Howard
    Judith Howard
    Divisional Dean of Social Sciences

    Contact: Janet Yale
    Assistant to the Dean


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    Fifteen Years of Justice System Reform in Japan
    Gates Hall, Room 447
    October 21, 2014

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    Views on the Pacific: Delivering Humanitarian Assistance and Supporting Regional Stability
    William W. Philip Hall, 1918 Pacific Avenue, Tacoma
    October 21, 2014

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