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Yearlong Exploration in the Social Sciences Program
400 E. University Way
Science II, 111E
Ellensburg, WA 98926

Freshman YESS Seminar


The goal of YESS is to increase students' cultural awareness of how the social sciences explore our social worlds by providing a broad foundation for understanding the cultural, social, and political context in which they live. 

YESS students will develop skills and talents, including those of effective communication and intellectual engagement in the social sciences.

It is the goal of the Yearlong Exploration of Social Sciences Program to provide an interdisciplinary approach which allows students to examine social, cultural, political, legal and geographic phenomena from multiple perspectives; to provide students with the opportunity to experience the scope of the social sciences through academic support and mentoring; and to foster student’s ability to examine fundamental issues in a clear, comprehensive, and critical fashion, and to relate their knowledge to everyday life and subsequently academic experience.

Applying to YESS

Application to the YESS Freshman Seminar is open to all high school seniors interested in the Social Sciences: Anthropology and Museum Studies, Geography, Interdisciplinary Studies - Social Sciences, Law and Justice, Political Science, Primate Behavior and Ecology, Psychology, Sociology or Women's Gender and Sexuality Studies. 

YESS Courses

Students who are selected for the YESS Freshman Social Science Seminar will participate in a three-quarter (Fall, Winter, and Spring) sequence of courses which have been specially designed by social science faculty members and satisfy a CWU General Education requirement (YESS 101, 102, and 103).

YESS freshmen students may also enroll in optional YESS-specific English 101, English 102, and University 101 courses specifically developed for YESS students. English 101 and 102 satisfy the CWU Basic Skills requirement in English, and University 101 satisfies a CWU General Education requirement.

YESS Living & Learning Community

YESS freshman are encouraged to join the Social Sciences Living Learning Community (LLC). The Social Sciences LLC is a community of students who live together in Sparks residence hall and share academic interests. Hall staff and science faculty organize out-of-classroom enrichment activities related to social science. Living Learning Communities not only provide enjoyable out-of-classroom experiences and social interactions, they also have been shown to improve students' academic performance, increase academic dialogues between faculty and students, and develop connections across disciplines.

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