Thinking of Going to Graduate School?

Get prepared with a 2 credit course this Autumn!

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Applied Research Practicum registration open for Junior and Senior sociology majors!

This is your chance to become part of a research team and earn academic credit!


The 5 credit Sociology Applied Research Practicum, SOC 403, has opened registration for Junior and Senior Sociology majors for Autumn quarter!  The course meets Mondays and Wednesdays from 12:30 – 2:20 and the SLN is 23148.

This quarter’s research partner will be the City of Seattle along with various affiliated community organizations.  The research project will ask the question: What impact does the City of Seattle’s Secure Scheduling Ordinance have on students from immigrant or refugee backgrounds who work while attending 2 and 4 year colleges?

The course format combines in-class work with field work done outside the classroom.  Students discuss, and together with the course instructor, decide on research methodologies best suited to the particular questions the client wants answered.  Data collection, analysis, and write-ups are all done by the students.  The work culminates in an in-person presentation by the student researchers at the client’s offices, as well as the delivery of a written report for the client.

This course is highly collaborative, requires students to work together in teams, and problem solve on the go!  It can serve as excellent preparation for future professional work and graduate school studies.

Completion of SOC 221, SOC 300, and SOC 316 recommended but not required.

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New 2 credit Career Accelerator course this Autumn specifically for new transfer students!


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Upper Division Course Just Added for Autumn!

The Sociology department has just added a new SOC 401 seminar course for Autumn quarter!  The topic will be Making Choices: The Sociology of Thought taught by the wonderful Professor Edgar Kiser.  The class is I&S and Writing credits, available to Junior and Senior majors only.

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Are you fluent in Somali or Vietnamese?

Do you believe we need a more equitable educational system? Are you interested in using your bilingual skills to help create change and build community?


logo offers paid internship opportunities for qualified undergraduate Sociology majors who are interested in working for the Highline School district, supporting ongoing classroom work.

The internship positions will start in AUT quarter 2018 and extend through SPR quarter 2019. Interns will be expected to work 5-10 hours per week until they reach the total required 105 hours. On completion, interns will receive a $1,800 stipend.

** The application deadline is July 31st, 2018 **

For more information, and to apply click HERE


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Sociology Undergraduate Awarded Funding to Attend Conference in UK

Sociology undergraduate, Linh Ly, was awarded the Ruth H. Hagenstein Endowed Scholarship to attend iConference in Sheffield, UK along with her research team from several US universities to present their paper, “#Depression Among Immigrant College Students: Findings from a Systematic Literature Review of 10 Years of Social Media and Depression Research.” This literature review piece covers 10 years of scholarship on social media and depression research among college-aged populations, with a particular interest immigrants, is now published.

iConference is an international academic conference that is held annually by different iSchools (Information Schools) around the world to bring academic professors and experts, graduate students, industry researchers from around the world together to discuss current issues in the Information Science field. In addition to presenting their own work, the research team attended presentations on interesting topics, like how academics use Twitter to build their careers and how institutes targeted at inclusion can bring individuals from underrepresented groups into STEM fields.

Linh reports that, “Attending talks and poster sessions at iConference was an eye-opening experience. I was surprised to learn how financial and political fields can be related Information Science. Prior to this conference, I always thought Information Science was only focused on the relationship between people, technology, and the world.”

She adds, “I would like to thank you for the support I received from the Ruth H. Hagenstein Endowed Scholarship from the Sociology Department and Undergraduate Research Conference Travel Award, and all the faculty members that helped to find resources to fund my conference experience. With this support, I was able to solidify my plan for graduate school, gained a deeper understanding of Information Science, and got the opportunity to attend the conference as presenter. To all of the undergraduate students who want to attend academic conference sometimes during their undergraduate career, it’s never too early to start the journey. Find something you are passion about, be involved, and make it happen.”


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Autumn Quarter Undergraduate Public Policy Courses

We are excited to let you know that the Evans School of Public Policy & Governance has three undergraduate courses coming up in Autumn quarter: PUBPOL 201: Introduction to Public Policy and Governance, PUBPOL 355: Nonprofits, Philanthropy, and Social Innovation, and PUBPOL 499: Decision-Making, Behavior, and Policy Design. 

These courses are open to all undergraduate students. A bit more about each:

  • PUBPOL 201: Introduction to Public Policy and Governance

This introduction to the field of policy analysis, governance, and public service teaches students how to analyze and evaluate policy and actions, as well as how individuals organize for common purposes. Learn how institutional problems are solved for the betterment of society, how policies can be analyzed and measured for impact, and how public policies are designed and implemented in order to respond to complex challenges related to climate change, urban planning, social justice, city planning, and more.

WHEN: Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 1:30-2:20 pm

  • PUBPOL 355: Nonprofits, Philanthropy, and Social Innovation

How can nonprofits, social enterprises, and foundations most effectively produce positive social change? In this course, you will uncover the key issues facing social sector organizations and investigate the operational, managerial, and policy approaches that social sector leaders can take to advance their mission and increase their impact.

WHEN: Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:00-11:20 am

  • PUBPOL 499: Decision-Making, Behavior, and Policy Design

In this new class, we will apply Behavioral Science research and frameworks, which lay at the intersection of economics and psychology, to public policy design. This is an emerging field that all levels of public sector organizations—from the federal level to local government and nonprofits—are exploring to design policy for how people behave. This class will bring you to the forefront of this noteworthy shift. You’ll gain a foundation in the application of microeconomic theory, social and cognitive psychology, behavioral economics, judgment and decision-making, to study public policy problems. You will learn how cognition, heuristics, biases, emotion, and social dynamics interact in decision-making, and how context and framing shape decisions and behavior. All experience levels and majors are welcome!

-WHEN: Mondays from 11:30 am-2:20 pm

More information can be found on our new Evans School undergraduate webpage: Undergrad @ Evans. Please contact us at with any questions.

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