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

World population to hit 11bn in 2100
The world's population is now odds-on to swell ever-higher for the rest of the century, posing grave challenges for food supplies, healthcare and social cohesion, according to a new UW-led study. Learn more at The Guardian.
Ferguson's plan to cut back on court fees could inspire change
Alexes Harris, an associate professor of sociology, talks about the layers of court costs that can complicate legal proceedings for the poor. Learn more at NPR.

Spotlight

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
    206-616-2128

     Events

    Event Photo
    El Centro de la Raza: Building the Beloved Community Gala
    Washington State Convention Center
    Saturday, September 27


    More Social Science Events