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

It's a long way to the top (if you wanna be a Uighur pop star)
Heartthrob Ablajan embodies the tension between pop and politics in China's Xinjiang region. Darren Byler, graduate student in anthropology, is quoted. Learn more at Time .
Traditional, tea party conservatives seem split on foreign policy
Foreign policy looms large as the 2014 midterm elections approach. But traditional conservatives and their tea party counterparts may bring different concerns and motivations to the November ballot, according to a University of Washington political scientist. Learn more at UW Today.

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

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    Divisional Dean Judith Howard
    Judith Howard
    Divisional Dean of Social Sciences

    Contact: Janet Yale
    Assistant to the Dean
    206-616-2128

     Events

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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


    More Social Science Events