Prospective Students

Are you considering declaring Sociology as your major or minor?  See our degree information, advising info as well as upcoming classes offered by the UAA Department of Sociology! 

Sociology is the scientific study of human interaction, social organization, and culture.  As a social science, sociology seeks to describe, interpret, and explain variations in human conduct using empirical methods.  Sociologists study many aspects of the human condition, including intimate relationships, aging and life-course, deviance and crime, population growth and migration, bureaucratic power and collective action, religion and ideology, and inequalities of race, gender, and social class.  The curriculum in sociology provides a background in social theory and an opportunity for the acquisition of practical social science research skills.

Major Requirements

  1. Complete Sociology core courses (19 credits)
    • SOC A101 Intro to Sociology (3)
    • SOC A307 Demography (3) 
    • SOC/PS A361 Social Science Research Methods (3)
    • SOC/PSY A362 Social Science Statistics (4)
    • SOC A402 Social Theory (3)
    • SOC A488 Capstone Seminar (3)
  2. Complete an Additional 18 credits of Sociology, 9 credits of which must be upper division.
  3. Completion of 37 credits is required for the major in Sociology.  A total of 120 credits is required for the degree, of which 42 credits must be upper division.

Minor Requirements

Students majoring in another subject who wish to minor in Sociology must complete the following requirements.  A total of 21 credits is required for the minor.

  • SOC A101 Intro to Sociology (3)
  • SOC/PS A361 Social Science Research Methods (3)
  • SOC A402 Social Theory (3)
  • Upper division Sociology electives (6)
  • Sociology electives, any level (6)