Community is our Laboratory
The UAA undergraduate sociology program prepares students to work collaboratively in organizations characterized by complexity, rapid change, and high levels of cultural diversity. Our students are active in university life and have an excellent reputation for community-based social science and policy research.Learn more about the Sociology Major and Minor
2016 ETS Sociology Major Field Exam
Nationally, UAA Sociology Capstone students scored near the top of 122 institutions representing 3,804 students:
Overall (97th percentile)
- Methods/Statistics (98th)
- Globalization (98th)
- Criminology (97th)
- General Theory (96th)
- Social Stratification (96th)
- Social Institutions (93rd)
- Gender (84th)
Sociology is the study of society, ranging from interactions in small groups to large-scale forces transforming entire civilizations. Our department is committed to training students in both sociological theory and applied empirical research so that they may become practitioners and participants in building a better world. Alaska is an ideal setting for the study of sociology due to the diversity of its people, its dynamic social landscape, and its distinct urban and rural ways of life.
Our students are active in university life and have an excellent reputation for community-based social science and policy research.
Our faculty study an assortment of topics that intersect with life in the North, including housing and environmental issues, deviance and crime, globalization and culture, and urbanization and inequality.
Our alumni are leaders in a range of fields including research, business, advocacy, public health, law enforcement, education, and policy.
Excellence in Undergraduate Research
Sociology faculty mentor a multidisciplinary collection of undergraduate social science researchers, often working in partnership with local organizations such as the Anchorage Mayor's Office, RAIS, Anchorage Community Land Trust, People Mover, and NeighborWorks Anchorage. In the past five years, our student researchers have amassed an array of impressive accomplishments:
41 conference/symposium presentations
17 funded undergraduate research grants
7 ISER Policy Awards
6 NSF-funded EPSCoR internships
SPOTLIGHT ON FACULTY
Dr. Zeynep Kiliç was selected as a Fullbright Scholar for 2015-16. She has been working in Turkey on her documentary and book project, Tables of Istanbul. Follow her research on her project's Facebook page.More about Dr. Kiliç