Welcome to the Department of Sociology

At CWU, we build community—and in our department, you will learn about society.

About the Sociology Department

You will gain an understanding of the daily routines and behaviors of humans, as well as social patterns and historical connections between individuality and society. Upon graduation, you will have developed the ability to critically analyze society as we know it.

AKD Sociology Honors Program

AKD Sociology Honors Program

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Message from the Chair

Message from the Chair

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Sociology Directory

Faculty and Staff

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Faculty Resources

A collection of faculty resources for the Sociology Department.

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Sociology Majors and Minor offerings

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Student Resources

A collection of resources for students within the Sociology Department.

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Diversity Statement

Statement on diversity from the Department of Sociology.

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Electronic Forms

Forms used within the Department of Sociology.

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Why Study Sociology at CWU?

Sociology challenges you to think beyond your own social constructs. With the expertise of our faculty, you learn to conduct research and analyze data, communicate your thoughts skillfully, gain a global perspective, and if desired, prepare to move onto a graduate program like many of our students do. We also offer internship opportunities and support.

Degree Options

The goal of Sociology is to look beneath the surface of issues and build analytical skills to solve problems and identify opportunities for change.

Learn more about our degree options through our Program Finder.


For general university admissions information, contact the Office of Admissions. For advising information, contact Academic Advising.


The Sociology Department combines the expertise of faculty from various departments and disciplines for a full learning experience. Programs include:

  • Accessibility Studies Program
  • American Indian Studies
  • Women's Gender and Sexuality Studies

“[At CWU] We’re passionate about creating a connection between energy on campus and the need in the community.” - Jessica Strawn is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Sociology.


Department of Sociology

400 E. University Way
Ellensburg, WA 98926-7545

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