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

Brea Darnell
If you have questions about the Sociology Program, contact Brea Darnell in NSB 233, 907-786-1356, an Academic Advisor for the College of Arts and Sciences. Walk-ins are welcome, but appointments are strongly encouraged.
Admission Requirements

Satisfy the Application and Admission Requirements for Baccalaureate Programs.

Advising

All Sociology majors are strongly encouraged to meet with their faculty advisors each semester for the purpose of reviewing their academic progress and planning future courses. It is particularly important for students to meet with their faculty advisors when it appears that academic difficulties may arise.

Graduation Requirements Major Requirements
Core Sociology Courses
SOC A101Introduction to Sociology3
SOC A380Sociology of Globalization3
SOC A402Social Theory3
SOC A488Capstone Seminar3
Tools of Research
Complete two of the following courses:6-7
Demography
Social Science Research Methods
Social Science Statistics
Diversity and Inequality
Complete two of the following courses:6
Urban Sociology
Marriages and Families
Sociology of Religion
Social Stratification
Sociology of Gender
Sociology of Race and Ethnicity
Sociology Electives
Complete an additional 12 sociology credits, of which 6 credits must be upper-division.12
Foundations in Ethics
PHIL A301Ethics3
or PHIL A305 Professional Ethics
Interdisciplinary Electives
Complete one of the following courses:3
Alaska Native Perspectives
Introduction to Civic Engagement
Research Writing
Historiography: The Uses and Abuses of History
Themes in World History
Honors Seminar in Social Science
Media Literacy
Justice and Society
Model United Nations
Social Psychology
Cultural Diversity and Community Service Learning
Introduction to Women's and Gender Studies
Complete two courses in fine arts (ART, DNCE, MUS, THR) or complete an 8-credit sequence in a foreign/indigenous language.6-8
Total48-51

A total of 120 credits is required for the degree, of which 42 credits must be upper-division. 

Honors in Sociology

Students majoring in Sociology are eligible to graduate with departmental honors if they satisfy all of the following:

  1. Meet all the requirements for a BA or BS degree in Sociology.
  2. Maintain a grade point average of 3.50 or above in all Sociology courses.
  3. Attain a score at or above the 90th percentile on the ETS Major Field Test or attain a score at or above the 85th percentile on the ETS Major Field Test and successfully complete an undergraduate research/service project resulting in a presentation at a conference, symposium, or community meeting.
Admission Requirements

Satisfy the Application and Admission Requirements for Baccalaureate Programs.

Advising

All Sociology majors are strongly encouraged to meet with their faculty advisors each semester for the purpose of reviewing their academic progress and planning future courses. It is particularly important for students to meet with their faculty advisors when it appears that academic difficulties may arise.

Graduation Requirements Major Requirements
Core Sociology Courses
SOC A101Introduction to Sociology3
SOC A307Demography3
SOC A361Social Science Research Methods3
SOC A402Social Theory3
SOC A404Environmental Sociology3
SOC A462Social Science Statistics4
SOC A488Capstone Seminar3
Diversity and Inequality
Complete one of the following courses:3
Urban Sociology
Marriages and Families
Sociology of Religion
Social Stratification
Sociology of Gender
Sociology of Race and Ethnicity
Sociology Electives
Complete an additional 12 sociology credits, of which 6 credits must be upper-division.12
Foundations in Ethics
PHIL A302Biomedical Ethics3
or PHIL A303 Environmental Ethics
Mathematics and Statistics
Complete two of the following courses:6-8
College Algebra for Managerial and Social Sciences
College Algebra for Calculus
Applied Calculus for Managerial and Social Sciences
Statistics for Psychology
Elementary Statistics
Applied Statistics for the Sciences
Probability and Statistics
Interdisciplinary Electives
Complete one additional upper-division course in math, statistics, natural sciences (ASTR, BIOL, CHEM, GEOL, PHYS), health sciences, geomatics, geography or environmental studies.3-4
Total49-52

A total of 120 credits is required for the degree, of which 42 credits must be upper-division. 

Honors in Sociology

Students majoring in Sociology are eligible to graduate with departmental honors if they satisfy all of the following:

  1. Meet all the requirements for a BA or BS degree in Sociology.
  2. Maintain a grade point average of 3.50 or above in all Sociology courses.
  3. Attain a score at or above the 90th percentile on the ETS Major Field Test OR attain a score at or above the 85th percentile on the ETS Major Field Test and successfully complete an undergraduate research/service project resulting in a presentation at a conference, symposium, or community meeting.

 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
Urban Sociology
Marriages and Families
Sociology of Religion
Social Stratification
Sociology of Gender
Sociology of Race and Ethnicity
Sociology electives, 6 credits of which must be upper-division12
Total18

A total of 18 credits is required for the minor. 

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