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

China's closed cities threaten population goals, report says
Despite China's efforts to ease decades-old curbs on the movements of its rural population, the world's most populous country could see its ranks of internal migrants swell to dangerous levels over the next decade, a new research report says. Learn more at Wall Street Journal.
At marches, hashtags migrate from the virtual world
Twitter hashtags adorned posters at protests across the country Saturday. Philip Howard, professor of communication, is quoted. Learn more at Washington Post .

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