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

A 2-to-1 statewide lead for Initiative 594 in KCTS-9 Washington Poll
Initiative 594, the ballot measure to close the "gun show loophole," enjoys a 2-to-1 lead and surprising strength on both sides of the Cascades, according to KCTS-9 Washington Poll. Barreto and colleague Christopher Parker were principal investigators in the survey. Learn more at Seattle PI.
Political scientist Christopher Parker joins debate on polarization
Christopher Parker participates in a debate with a panel including Pulitzer Prize-winner George Will. They discuss the "toxic" American political atmosphere. Learn more at American Forum.


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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    Economics Lecture: Mark Watson, Princeton University
    Savery Hall, Room 410
    October 31, 2014

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    Tasveer Presents: 9th Seattle South Asian Film Festival
    Various Locations
    October 31, 2014 - November 9, 2014

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