Major in Sociology

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.

At the completion of this program, students will be able to: 

  • 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.

 The sociology major (BA or BS) provides students a firm foundation of required core courses along with a collection of elective courses that supplement core sociological knowledge.

Academic Advisor

David House
If you have questions about the Sociology Program, contact David House, 907-786-1356 or, the Academic Advisor for the Social Sciences. Walk-ins are welcome, but appointments are strongly encouraged.


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