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 Advisors

Christine Hunt (last names starting with N - Z)
Academic Advisor
Natural Science Building 220
ph: (907) 786-1356
Solana Taylor (last names starting with H - M)
Academic Advisor 
Natural Sciences Building 233
ph: (907)-786-0340
Walk-ins are welcome, but appointments are strongly encouraged.

 The Sociology Minor has proven valuable to students majoring in programs across the university. These include Justice, Environment & Society, Health Sciences, History, Social Work, Economics, Psychology, Nursing, and Marketing, to name a few. It is easy to declare a Sociology minor:

Students majoring in another subject who wish to minor in sociology must complete the following requirements.

SOC A101Introduction to Sociology3
Complete at least one of the following:3
SOC A309
Urban Sociology
SOC A342
Marriages and Families
SOC A347
Sociology of Religion
SOC A363
Social Stratification
SOC A377
Sociology of Gender
SOC A408
Sociology of Race and Ethnicity
Sociology electives, 6 credits of which must be upper-division12

A total of 18 credits is required for the minor. 


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