The Yearlong Exploration of Social Sciences (YESS) is an innovative program designed to prepare and retain students in majors and careers in the social sciences. YESS consists of an integrated sequence of classes, enrichment activities in service learning, and student research opportunities through which students gain hands-on experience in modern social science research methods, explore theme-based interdisciplinary social scientific issues, and develop mentoring relationships with CWU social science faculty.
Application to YESS is open to new first-year students with an interest in social science fields.
First year students enrolled in YESS will participate in a three-quarter-long series of courses known as the YESS Social Science Perspectives and Research Seminar (YESS 101, YESS 102, and YESS 103). Completion of these three courses satisfies one of the General Education Program requirements.
The Yearlong Exploration of the Social Sciences program at CWU involves faculty members from social science academic departments: Anthropology; Geography; Interdisciplinary Studies: Social Sciences Program; Law and Justice; Political Science; Psychology; and Sociology. More information about the program and participating faculty members is available on the YESS website: www.cwu.edu/yess.