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Department of Sociology
400 E. University Way
Ellensburg, WA 98926
Phone: 509-963-1305
Fax: 509-963-1308

                 The Sociology Department - Samuelson 201

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Please keep in mind that we (students, staff, and faculty) all are coping with many challenges and what we all need is some flexibility. Click here for the whole support statement. Let’s keep the lines of communication open! Resource Link   and Diversity Statement Link

Sociology Department Chairperson: Pamela McMullin-Messier

Samuelson 202-D; Phone # 509-963-2195

Sociology Main Office

Samuelson, Room 201, Phone 509-963-1305


Best Accredited Colleges has released their 2022 rankings, and Central Washington University has been ranked #2 on our list Best Online Bachelor's in Sociology Programs!


Summer 2022 College of the Sciences Dean's List - Sociology and Social Services Majors

Fall 2022 Course Offerings-Registraion begins May 9

If you have questions about the fall 2022 course schedule contact

Fall 2022 Course Offerings - Click for Schedule

For course modality definitions click here

Looking for a minor? The Sociology Department offers an Ethnic Studies Minor (25 credits) Minor flier here  The central mission of the Ethnic Studies minor is to increase the understanding of the history and dynamics of race/ethnicity to prepare students for working in and interacting with an increasingly diverse and globalized world.


To Declare a Major (You may only declare 1 major sociology or social services, not both) or Minor (You may declare more than one minor) in sociology, social services or ethnic studies complete the electronic request form (click to be redirected to link)
To Withdraw from the Major or Minor: To that a sociology department major or minor be removed from your academic plan complete the electronic form (click here to be redirected)

College of the Sciences - Sociology Department Students - Dean's List (click to be redirected)

New! Social Science Research Tools Certificate Solve Research Challenges using Interdisciplinary Techniques!

Heritage Spanish and Spanish Translation & Interpretation Certificate programs - Click here for information

Classes Anticipated Classes for 2021-2022 School Year

For A Fall 2022 Leave of Absence: To Defer Taking Classes Until Fall 2022 - Form Due to Office of the Registrar By September 7, 2022

Students who do not enroll for consecutive academic quarters (exclusive of summer) must reapply for admission. However, if students meet the criteria below, they may be granted a leave of absence, which means that they do not have to reapply for the following quarter and that they may preregister for classes as continuing students:

  1. The Application for Leave of Absence must be submitted to the Office of the Registrar on or before the last day of the quarter (including summer) prior to the quarter for which the student is seeking leave.
  2. Leaves will be approved if attending consecutive quarters would present an exceptional hardship or loss of opportunity.
  3. Students seeking leave for more than one quarter must apply each quarter for the following quarter.
  4. Leave of Absence request form Click to be directed to the Office of the Registrar - Forms page

The sociology department offers the following courses each quarter for Sociology and Social Services Majors (some quarters these courses may be online or on the Ellensburg campus):


  • SOC 107 – Principles of Sociology


  • SOC 300 - Introduction to the Major (pre-req: declaration of major)


  • SOC 301 – Introduction and History of Social Service Agencies


  • SOC 310 – Social Service Methods and Casework (pre-req: SOC 301)


  • SOC 350 - Social Theory I (pre-req: SOC 107 and two 300+ level SOC courses)


  • SOC 363 - Methods of Social Research (pre-req: SOC 107 and one 300+ level SOC course)


  • SOC 364 - Data Analysis in Sociology (pre-req: SOC 363)


  • SOC 442 – Social Welfare Policy (pre-req: two 300+ level SOC courses)


  • SOC 445 – Social Inequality (pre-req: SOC 107)


  • SOC 490 – Internship (pre-reqs: SOC 301 and SOC 310; complete paperwork with internship coordinator)


  • SOC 489 - Senior Seminar (pre-req: Senior status and completion of SOC 350, SOC 363, and three 300+ level SOC courses)


Student Internship Information is located on the Career Services webpage

All internships for credit are now being processed through an electronic application for all colleges.  Paper learning agreements are no longer accepted.  Please see this web page for further information and instructions.  This page includes special instructions for on site internships during COVID-19.  In-person internship modalities have been approved for the 20-2022 academic year.

If you have questions, please email Career Services at or call 509.963.1921 

To complete the Cooperative Education Internship document go to your student MyCWU; go to the application section and click on Wildcat Career Network

Jack R. Dugan Sociology Award (application deadline May 1st each year)- application information click here
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