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

US attracting fewer educated, highly skilled migrants
The U.S. economy has long been powered in part by the nation's ability to attract the world's most educated and skilled people to its shores. But a new study of the worldwide migration of professionals to the U.S. shows a sharp drop-off in its proportional share of those workers Learn more at UW Today.
'90s immigration battle remade California's political landscape
The '90s battle over illegal immigration helped remake California's political landscape. Matt Barreto, professor of political science, is quoted. Learn more at Los Angeles Times .

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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    Inuit Printmaking in Siberia & Canadian Influences
    Thomson Hall, Room 134
    December 1, 2014


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