sociology

Sociology is the study of human social institutions and social relationships. You can explore the intricate and complex relationships of social structures in the context of real-life issues: gender, identity, poverty, communication, community, crime and criminal behavior, and more. Opportunities are available to apply quantitative and qualitative skills through research and internships.

How to Choose Your Path

You’ll choose what you study to earn a Bachelor’s degree that’s meaningful to you. Some students decide their programs as they go, while others chart their course in advance.

Aim for both breadth and depth; explore fields that may be related or that may seem very distant. You'll be surprised at what you discover.

If you're new to college, look for programs where you can gain a foundation, build key skills, and broaden your knowledge (FR only, FR-SO, or FR-SR).

If you already have a foundation in this field, look for programs with intermediate or advanced material (SO-SR, JR-SR, or FR-SR). These programs may include community-based learning and in-depth research. Some of these programs have specific prerequisites; check the description for details.

Talk to an academic advisor to get help figuring out what coursework is best for you.

Planned offerings for 2017–18
Class Standing Quarters Offered Credits
Alternatives and Resistance to Global Capitalism: Mexico, U.S., and Beyond SO-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Spring
16
Art of Helping FR-SR
  • Fall
4
Awakening the Dreamer, Pursuing the Dream FR-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Spring
16
China at the Crossroad of Tradition and Modernity FR-SR
  • Spring
16
Community Connections - Sustainable Development (Grays Harbor) JR-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Spring
8
Crime and Punishment (online) FR-SR
  • Summer
12
Dangerous Ladies in Changing Times: An Investigation of Significant Women of American Identity in the 20th Century FR-SR
  • Summer
8
Dialogue In A Diverse and Divided Society SO-SR
  • Fall
8
Diverse Issues in Social Work JR-SR
  • Spring
4
Environmental Sociology: Nature, Society, and Equity (at Grays Harbor) SO-SR
  • Fall
4
Farmers of the Global Majority: Resilience, Resistance, and Transformation FR-SR
  • Summer
8
Forensics and Criminal Behavior FR-SO
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Spring
4, 8, 12, 16
History of Agriculture in Washington State (1880-1980) JR-SR
  • Winter
4
Inventing the Citizen: The History of Political Action and its Limits SO-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
16
Managing Organizational Conflict FR-SR
  • Spring
4
Narrating the Communities We Want to Create: Storytelling as Social Change (at Grays Harbor) SO-SR
  • Winter
4
Odd Jobs and Labors of Love: Literature, Work, and Power FR-SR
  • Spring
8
Olympia, Tacoma, Seattle, Portland: Researching Neoliberalism in Local Neighborhoods FR-SR
  • Summer
4, 8, 12, 16
Philosophy and Social Science That Will Work for You FR-SR
  • Fall
16
Political Economy and Social Movements FR-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
16
Poverty: What, Why, and How SO-SR
  • Winter
8
Reproduction: Gender, Race, and Power JR-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
16
Research Capstone in Psychology JR-SR
  • Spring
16
Social Resilience: Women Making Change FR-SR
  • Winter
12
Social Work Theory and Practice FR-SR
  • Fall
4
Student-Originated Studies: Social Sciences, History, Multiculturalism, Diversity SO-SR
  • Winter
16
Survival of Indigenous Art FR-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Spring
12, 16
The Making of Global Capitalism, 1500–1914 JR-SR
  • Winter
16
The Price of Inequality: Politics, Economics, and Policy FR-SR
  • Winter
  • Spring
8
The Prison-Industrial Complex: Explorations in Social Psychology and Writing FR-SR
  • Winter
  • Spring
8
The Psychology of Death and Dying FR-SR
  • Winter
4
The Social Science of Happiness FR-SR
  • Spring
4
Therapy Through the Arts (daytime) FR-SR
  • Summer
8, 16
Therapy Through the Arts (evening) FR-SR
  • Summer
8, 16
Understanding Israel in the Jewish Community FR-SR
  • Summer
4, 8
Understanding the Economic Crisis: Vanishing Jobs, Shrinking Middle Class FR-SR
  • Summer
4
Veterans' Next Mission: Crossing the Bridge Between Military and Academic Life FR-SR
  • Spring
4
Veterans' Next Mission: Crossing the Bridge Between Military and Academic Life FR-SR
  • Fall
4
Walking to Santiago de Compostela FR-SR
  • Winter
  • Spring
16
With Liberty and Justice for Whom? JR-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Spring
16
Planned offerings for 2018–19
Class Standing Quarters Offered Credits
Art of Helping FR-SR
  • Fall
4
Culture, Self, and Healing FR-SO
  • Winter
  • Spring
12, 16
Dimensions of Inequality: Social Science and Statistics SO-SR
  • Winter
  • Spring
8, 12
Global/Local Realities and Alternative Visions JR-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Spring
16
How Do You Know What You Know? SO-SR
  • Spring
8
In Sickness and In Health FR-SO
  • Fall
16
Liberal Education in the College Bubble: Crossing the Political and Cultural Divide FR-SR
  • Fall
16
Poverty: What, Why and How SO-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
8
Race, Crime, and the Crisis of Mass Incarceration SO-SR
  • Fall
2
Research Capstone in Psychology JR-SR
  • Spring
16
Teachings of the Tree People: American Indian Culture FR-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Spring
16
The German Program: Philosophy, Psychoanalysis, Cultural Studies, and Social Psychology FR-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Spring
4, 12, 16
The Making of Global Capitalism, 1500-1914 JR-SR
  • Winter
16
Transnational Identities, Migration, and Unequal Childhoods SO-SR
  • Spring
16
Veterans' Next Mission: Crossing the Bridge Between Military and Academic Life FR-SR
  • Fall
2
Veterans' Next Mission: Crossing the Bridge Between Military and Academic Life FR-SR
  • Spring
2
Veterans' Next Mission: Crossing the Bridge Between Military and Academic Life (copy) FR-SR
  • Winter
2
Who Do You Think You Are? SO-SR
  • Winter
8
Who Gets What?: Political Economy of Income, Wealth, and Economic Justice FR
  • Winter
16
Who Gets What?: Political Economy of Race, Class and Gender FR-SO
  • Fall
16
Writing for Your Life FR-SR
  • Fall
16