Explore how diverse groups interact. Analyze issues of social change.
UW sociology majors learn to effectively analyze data, communicate findings, solve problems and build collaborative relationships. Sociology brings evidence and critical thinking to the major challenges confronting humanity, helping us understand relationships, cultures, and institutions that shape and reshape our diverse, interconnected, and interdependent social world.
A sociology degree can lead to a careers in:
- Government & public policy
- Data sciences
- Criminal justice and the law
- Advertising, marketing & public relations
- Social work
- Health care
- Nonprofit management
- Community development
- Environmental advocacy
Supplement your undergraduate coursework with real-world experience.
The department offers three practicum courses that encourage students to experiment with potential career paths and share their skills with the community. Students have worked in Seattle public schools, grassroots organizations such as the Vietnamese nonprofit Helping Hand, and national organizations such as the American Civil Liberties Union.
Find Yourself in Sociology
Explore issues of social stability and inequality by understanding structure, behavior and interactions.
Department of Sociology Stories
Community and mentorship made all the difference to Sherri Berdine (2008) as an Alaska Native (Aleut & CIRI Descendent) UW student. Now she's the University's Director of Tribal Relations.
A new sociology course explores self-tracking technology that captures our daily routines.