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

Professor Vicente Rafael on Filipino folklore origins
RadioActive youth reporter Maria Caoagdan interviewed Vicente Rafael, professor of history, for her story exploring Filipino supernatural creatures. Learn more at KUOW .
UW journalism student on covering Ebola-stricken Sierra Leone
KUOW talks with Cooper Inveen, a UW journalism student, about his experience in Sierra Leone as Ebola spread through West Africa. Learn more at KUOW .


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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    El Centro de la Raza: Building the Beloved Community Gala
    Washington State Convention Center
    Saturday, September 27

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