Undergraduate Programs

Sociology is a social science that improves understanding of the relationships, cultures, and institutions that shape and reshape our diverse, interconnected, and interdependent social world. 

Our undergraduate sociology curriculum includes a combination of classroom learning, service learning through practicums and internships, and  opportunities to conduct or assist social research. Through these experiences, students will gain awareness of sociological concepts, such as power, inequality, difference, and social norms; explore the relationship between individuals and groups; and investigate how social forces produce disparities in the experiences and well-being of people in society.

Students who earn a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from the University of Washington will gain a sociological perspective.  This means appreciation that human societies are more than the sum of individual people.  It means a perspective that transcends one’s individual experience and, at the same time, helps us to understand our individual roles and positions in society.  Students will also develop a social scientific sensibility, an approach to asking and addressing questions about society that is systematic, rooted in empirical evidence, and strengthened by healthy skepticism. They will develop practical analytical and communication skills that will position them to succeed in meaningful and successful careers, and to be engaged, thoughtful, and knowledgeable citizens of the world. 

Undergraduate Program Information