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

David Horsey discusses Charlie Hebdo, editorial cartooning in volatile times
David Horsey is a two-time Pulitzer prize-winning editorial cartoonist who graduated from the University of Washington with a bachelor's degree in communication in 1975. Starting out as cartoonist for and then editor of the UW Daily, Horsey worked for the Seattle Post-Intelligencer for 30 years before joining the Los Angeles Times in 2012. Learn more at UW Today.
Seattle-area group heads to Deep South to honor civil-rights struggle
The group of 52 plans to see people and places that were key to the civil-rights efforts in the 1950s and 1960s, and are still important today. Learn more at Seattle 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

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