Welcome to the Department of Sociology!

What is Sociology?

Sociology focuses on how social systems, social problems, and human behavior are interrelated. This discipline looks at the formation, structure, processes, and changes that occur in groups, systems, organizations and societies. Since all human behavior is social, the subject matter of sociology is diverse. Topics include studies of intimate relationships, mob actions, deviant/criminal behavior, religions, cultural practices, and societal attitudes and behaviors that are tied to race, sex, and social class.

Sociology prepares students for careers in sociology as well as other areas. These include social work, human services, urban and rural development, political and social policy, education, aging, environmental programs, business, public and private research, community action agencies and health, welfare and justice systems. UAA is an ideal setting for the study of sociology due to the diversity of people in Alaska and both urban and rural areas throughout the state.

 

 

Mission Statement

The mission of the University of Alaska Anchorage Sociology Department is to train students in Public Sociology.  Public Sociology is the application of academic sociology to address community and societal needs. Our department is committed to training students in sociological theory and various methods of applied empirical research so that students may become practitioners and participants in building a better world.

The mission of the University of Alaska Anchorage Sociology Department is to train students in Public Sociology. Public Sociology is the application of academic sociology to address community and societal needs. - See more at: http://www.uaa.alaska.edu/sociology/soc-about-us.cfm#sthash.VzEmcFmJ.dpuf
The mission of the University of Alaska Anchorage Sociology Department is to train students in Public Sociology. Public Sociology is the application of academic sociology to address community and societal needs. - See more at: http://www.uaa.alaska.edu/sociology/soc-about-us.cfm#sthash.VzEmcFmJ.dpuf
 

Advising

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For advising on the Sociology degree program or other social science degree programs, please contact Deborah Ginsburg, BMH 229, or Keith Underwood, SSB 351,
Academic Advisers for the Social Sciences in the 
College of Arts and Sciences. 
Walk ins are welcome but appointments are strongly encouraged. 

For advising information about specific Sociology classes, please contact one of the Sociology faculty.


 

Program Student Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate decision-making skills appropriate to evidence-based identification, understanding, and amelioration of social problems.

  • Demonstrate fundamental technical proficiency in social science research in preparation for graduate level training or direct employment in professional fields utilizing the methods and analytical skills of the social sciences.

  • Demonstrate ability to work collaboratively in preparation for work in organizations characterized by complexity, rapid change, and high levels of cultural diversity.