Social Sciences Major



The Undergraduate Evening Degree Completion program is discontinuing four of its majors – communication, English, humanities and social sciences. We will continue to offer courses for current students to fulfill their degree requirements through summer 2017; however, the total number of courses offered will decline as the program winds down.

The social sciences examine how and why human communities and societies are organized as they are, behave as they do and change over time. This multidisciplinary major includes upper-division social science courses selected by faculty of the UW College of Arts and Sciences. Students explore diverse political, social, environmental, gender, ethnic and cultural perspectives. Coursework encourages greater understanding of issues, ideas and themes in history and in the contemporary world.

The major is organized into three tracks: Social and Environmental Issues; Law, Politics and the Economy; and Gender, Ethnicity and Culture. Students in the program will select one of these three areas as their primary track; see the Courses page for more specific information about each track.

Careers and Internships

A degree in social sciences develops powerful critical-thinking and analytical skills that can be applied to any profession. The program also promotes strong communication and research abilities that equip students to succeed in whatever field they choose. Graduates go on to work in a wide variety of careers and pursue advanced degrees in many different academic and professional disciplines. The UW Career Center provides useful tools and information relating to jobs and internships for students and alumni, and the Carlson Leadership & Public Service Center offers help connecting students with public-service internship opportunities.