Benjamin A. Gilman Study Abroad Scholarship

The Global Opportunities office is now accepting applications for the Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarship. This scholarship was created by the US Department of State to increase access to study or internships abroad for students of high financial need. To be eligible for this award, students must be receiving a Pell grant as part of their financial aid package at the time they apply.  This scholarship is open to all undergraduate majors and can be used to fund participation in programs like the Spring 2017 Sociology in Rome Program.

Award amounts vary but students can receive up to $5,000.  (Students planning to begin their study abroad programs between December 15, 2016 and April 15th 2017 should apply by October 4 2016.)  This scholarship is one of the most accessible study abroad scholarships out there.   Students must be receiving college credit for their programs but only need to be abroad for a minimum of 28 consecutive days to be eligible.  In addition, the scholarship application does not require letters of recommendation.  More information about this scholarship and selection criteria can be found by clicking on the following link:

Students interested in applying for the Gilman Scholarship who have additional questions can set up an appointment to meet with a Global Opportunities advisor by emailing

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Info Sessions: Sociology in Rome – Spring 2017


Information Sessions:

Tuesday October 11th & Thursday November 17th @ 3:30pm, both in Savery Hall 245

Spend spring quarter 2017 in Rome with Susan Pitchford, studying the history and development of Christianity from a sociological perspective. The service learning component of the program connects students with volunteer positions at community centers that provide services to recent immigrants and refugees, thus deepening the participants’ experience and insight into modern day Roman life.



The Christian church began as a small group of people who gave up material comforts, status and even their personal safety, to preach a message of nonviolence and concern for the poor and outcast. This message was fundamentally at odds with the values of the Roman Empire, which responded with vicious persecutions. In the course of a few centuries, however, the tables were turned: Christianity became first tolerated, then the official religion of Empire. In a time that knew no separation of church and state, the church became the dominant temporal power in Europe, and carried out its own persecutions on critics without and within.

This program turns the lens of sociology on the church and asks, “How did this institution change in its transition from a small foreign sect to the seat of power in Europe, and how did it change Europe in its turn? What happened to the ideals of the founder and his followers when popes became princes and controlled armies?” We will begin with the relationship between church and Empire in ancient Rome, and follow that relationship as it changes in the medieval period and the Protestant Reformation. We will close by examining the church-world dynamic in the present time.

The program consists of three courses totaling 15 credits. All students take all 15 credits. Students in the program will maintain their UW residency and any financial aid eligibility already established. Credits earned may be used to satisfy requirements for the Sociology major, as well as UW graduation requirements.

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Considering Law School? Low Cost LSAT Prep Course at UW

Are you interested in going to LAW SCHOOL, but can’t afford to pay $1200+ for LSAT prep classes?

There will be another low-cost, high quality, LSAT prep course offered at UW (open to non-students too). 

You can apply for the course (and see testimonials, etc.) at

$325 LSAT Course

The course will start in July and prepares you for the late September test date. The comprehensive, 30 hour, live course includes 3 practice exams and costs $325. (Students who qualify for financial need-based aid pay around $200).

The instructor for the course has taught with Campus Prep for several years. He scored in the top 3 percent on the test, and is one of our top-rated teachers nationally.


Tuesdays 6-9pm: 7/12, 7/19, 7/26, 8/2, 8/9, 8/16, 9/20

Proctored (practice) exams: Sat. 7/16 11-2pm, Sat. 8/13 11-2pm, Sat. 9/17 11-2pm

“The same caliber as traditional prep courses, but it comes at a cheaper cost.” -Kristine Jackson, Dean of Admissions at CU Boulder Law

You have until midnight on the day of the first class session to receive a full refund for any reason.

Apply ASAP at, as there will likely be more applications than there are spaces available. Email questions to

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Department of Sociology Graduation 2016

The UW Department of Sociology wishes to honor its graduating students with a Graduation Celebration on Wednesday, June 8th at 7pm in Meany Hall.

WHO’S ELIGIBLE:  All undergraduate and graduate students who graduated in Autumn 2015 or Winter 2016 are invited to participate.  Students who applied by the April 15 deadline to graduate in Spring or Summer 2016 are also invited to participate.

HOW TO REGISTER: Registration for the Sociology Graduation Celebration will open May 9 and close May 23 at 5pm.  The online registration form can be found here.

HOW MANY GUESTS: Our event is intended for graduates and their immediate family/friends.  We will try our best to give each student the number of tickets requested on our online registration form. However, if evenly distributed, each graduate would receive 5-6 tickets, so please request only what you will actually need. If some graduates do not take their full allotment of tickets, we will make the extras available to students who want additional tickets. All guests need tickets, except infants. Toddlers are NOT infants; they should have their own seat.

CAP AND GOWN: The Sociology Graduation Celebration is a formal event, and you will need to wear a cap and gown.  Order your cap and gown on the UW Commencement website (  Even if you are not attending UW Commencement you still need to purchase your cap and gown for the Graduation Celebration from that website between May 4 and May 22.

For more information about the Department of Sociology Graduation Celebration:

We look forward to sharing this very special evening with you!

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Sociology Honors Program 2016/2017

Are you highly motivated and interested in working closely with Sociology faculty to conduct your own research? Do you have a minimum cumulative UW GPA of 3.30 (or close to it) and a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.50 in all UW sociology courses (or close to it)?

If so, we invite you to attend our Sociology Honors Program information session on Friday, May 20 in Savery Hall 245, from 12:30-2:00pm.

We will talk about some of the reasons why students choose to pursue honors and what some of the many benefits of the honors experience can be for you–academically and personally. We will give you an overview of the admission requirements, and you will have an opportunity to meet and talk with Professor Hedy Lee, who is our Faculty Honors Director, as well as talking to current honors students about why they chose to pursue honors and what their experiences in the program have been like.


The Sociology Honors Program is an academically rigorous junior or senior year to complement the major, designed for students who would like closer intellectual contact with faculty, as well as students interested in graduate work in sociology or in related professional fields. The Honors curriculum trains students to design and execute their own research for senior theses through small seminars, independent study with faculty, and an honors statistics course. Successful graduates of the Honors Program are awarded the bachelor’s degree “With Honors.”

Sociology Honors students also have access to all the resources of the University Honors Program. For more information about the program and admission requirements, click here:

Applications for the Sociology Honors Program are due on July 18th, 2016.  If you are considering applying but are not sure whether the program is a good fit for you, please come to the information session on Friday, May 20.

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Sociology Diversity Committee Brownbag Meeting 4/27/16

Please join us for a diversity committee brownbag meeting on Wednesday, April 27th at noon in Savery 245.

The committee will give a quick update about what it has done over the last couple of years, and then open things up for discussion. We want to hear your ideas for how this committee can best support diversity in the department, and gather suggestions for what to focus on going forward.

Since this is a brownbag you should feel free to bring your lunch. We will provide some treats as well.

Questions? Contact faculty chair Sarah Quinn ( or grad reps Sarah Diefendorf and Maria Vignau.

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Seattle Housing Authority – PAID Internship Opportunities!

Policy Intern, Office of Policy and Strategic Initiatives – 2 Openings

Hourly Rate: $15 – $22 per hour

The Seattle Housing Authority, a nationally recognized leader in providing innovative, affordable housing communities, is seeking an Undergraduate- or Graduate-level student with strong analytical and writing skills to work within the Office of Policy and Strategic Initiatives. The Housing Authority’s agency-wide annual budget is approximately $186 million, with assets of approximately $1 billion, including component units. The agency owns and manages about 8,000 residential units and administers more than 10,000 Housing Choice Vouchers, with a staff of 500 full time employees; it is an independent municipal corporation.

Seattle Housing Authority’s newly formed Office of Policy and Strategic Initiatives has committed to four strategic goals:

  • Focus on improving SHA’s operations and service by using Moving to Work (MTW) authority fully and most effectively;
  • Ensure that SHA’s Strategic Plan is a “living” guide for decisions, priorities, and measures of success;
  • Help SHA become a data driven organization, grounded in solid analysis, so we make well informed and adequately researched choices; and,
  • Elevate SHA’s strategic policy issues to an agency-wide focus

Under direct supervision, the Policy Intern position will assist with special projects, research and analysis in support of the Office.

In accordance with the HUD Act of 1968, Section 3 guidelines, first consideration for this internship will be given to students from very-low or low-income households, including current Seattle Housing Authority/Section 3 Residents.

The application process will begin March 9. First review of application materials is scheduled for March 30.

Minimum Qualifications:
Basic familiarity with office practices and procedures. General analytical skills.

Must be enrolled in an accredited college education program.

 Competencies, Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

1. Interpersonal and teamwork skills using tact, patience and courtesy.
2. Verbal and written communication skills.

1. Establish and maintain cooperative and effective working relationships with others.
2. Plan and organize work in a timely, punctual manner.
3. Communicate effectively both verbally and in writing.
4. Operate a computer and other office equipment as assigned.
5. Demonstrate proficiency in Microsoft Office and Outlook.


May work from ten to twenty hours per week while school is in session, and up to full time during school break periods.

• Office environment.

• Hearing and speaking to exchange information.
• Seeing to read a variety of materials.
• Dexterity of hands and fingers to operate a computer keyboard.
• Stooping and kneeling to maintain files.

• Occasional contact with dissatisfied or verbally abusive individuals.

Further details and the online application can be found here.

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