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

San Juan pot farmers face fear, loathing and property values
In San Juan County, where 68 percent of residents voted to approve legalized recreational marijuana, conflicts are cropping up over legal marijuana-grow operations. Michael Blake, professor of philosophy, is quoted. Learn more at Seattle Times .
UW Center for Philosophy for Children to host High School Ethics Bowl Jan. 31
The University of Washington Center for Philosophy for Children will host the 2015 Washington State High School Ethics Bowl on campus Saturday, January 31. 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
    Husky Union Building (HUB), Room 145
    January 29, 2015

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    Philosophy Ethics Bowl
    Savery Hall
    January 31, 2015

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