Sociology

College of Arts and Sciences

Major category: Minimum requirements

Topic: Arts, Social sciences

Sociology is the scientific study of people in groups — from friendship networks to communities to entire nations. Sociologists describe the characteristics of social groups and consider explanations for social stability and social change. They promote critical thinking on issues such as social inequality, racial and ethnic conflict, the data revolution, deviance and crime, social and political movements, immigration, education, health, the family and the role of gender and sexuality. The undergraduate major in sociology provides students with knowledge of and a perspective on social life that transcends their personal experience and helps them develop a deep understanding of important trends in modern society. The Department of Sociology has a strong commitment to undergraduate research, methodological training and experiential learning and is dedicated to providing a rich program of study. Graduates of this degree pursue careers in fields such as data science, law, public policy, media and communication, nonprofit, business and education.

website   Degree requirements

Freshman

Freshmen can apply to the UW to begin autumn quarter or winter quarter (U.S. applicants only)

Read more about applying to the UW as a freshman, including details for programs that provide high school student with college credit (like Running Start).

Transfer

Quarters of general admisson to UW: autumn / winter (U.S. applicants only) / spring / summer

Preparation for the major is a factor in transfer admission.

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  • Use the UW Equivalency Guide to find out how courses taken at a Washington state community or technical college will transfer to the UW.

Read more about applying to the UW as a transfer student.


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