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

All eyes on May 25 presidential election in Ukraine
The Seattle Times editorial board writes about the upcoming May 25 presidential election in Ukraine. Scott Radnitz, associate professor in the Jackson School, is quoted. Learn more at The Seattle Times.
Doug Underwood scouts border between fiction, journalism in new book
Doug Underwood is a University of Washington professor of communication. He answered a few questions about his latest book, "The Undeclared War between Fiction and Journalism: Journalists as Genre Benders in Literary History." Learn more at UW Today.


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


    Event Photo
    Visiting Author: Ramachandra Guha, Gandhi Before India
    Stimson Auditorium, Seattle Asian Art Museum
    Wednesday, April 23

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