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.

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Community is our Laboratory
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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

 

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Undergraduate Symposium

Sociology majors (from left: Caitlin Taylor, Jessica Passini, Bailey Stevenson, Daija Cornelious, and McKenzie Stock) at the 2016 Undergraduate Research and Discovery Symposium

SPOTLIGHT ON FACULTY

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Dr. Zeynep KiliƧ 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.

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FEATURED ALUMNI

WALKER
Brandon Walker currently works on the marketing team for global basketball at Adidas. After graduating from UAA, he played professional basketball in Germany, coached basketball at Menlo College, and was a business manager for the Indiana Pacers.

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Department of Sociology

University of Alaska Anchorage

3211 Providence Drive, SSB 372

Anchorage, Alaska 99508

Telephone: (907) 786-1665

 
 
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