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    Bear Excavation - Anthropology Field Work
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    Students performing in Symphony of Sounds
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  • Students working in Wheelthrown Ceramics Class
    Students working in Wheelthrown Ceramics Class
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    History Lecture on Ukraine-Russian Conflict

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Alaska Native Studies

Alaska Native Studies provides an in-depth perspective on contemporary Alaska Native societies, languages, cultures, history, politics, art, tribal governments, and our for-profit as well as our non-profit corporations.

Degree Options

The Alaska Native Studies Program offers an Associate of Arts (AA) and a minor, for students interested. 

  • Minor in Alaska Native Studies
    Minor in Alaska Native Studies

    Students may select one of two areas to complete the requirements for the minor; a policy focus or a language focus. Both of these areas emphasize the dynamic nature of Alaska Native peoples and cultures, and the variety of courses provides a meaningful understanding for native and non-native students alike.

  • Associate of Arts in Alaska Native Studies
    Associate of Arts in Alaska Native Studies

    The Associate of Arts (AA) in Alaska Native Studies provides students with a critical and dynamic perspective on Alaska Native cultures, histories, politics and organizations. This AA provides a valuable opportunity for students interested in exploring their options in higher education and/or employment with an Alaska Native organization.

Zooarcheology class

Anthropology

Anthropology is about us – all the people of the world. Anthropologists explore how languages affect the way we think and identify ourselves to others, and even the beginnings of language, symbolic thought, and music. Anthropologists seek not only to define how people organize their lives and fashion meaning from the world, but also to understand how and why cultures change.Who we are is what Anthropologists study.

Degree Options

Our educational outcomes are to produce graduates able to demonstrate: 

  • Explain current understandings about human beings and behavior including the evolution of humans, the nature of culture and cultural processes, the features of language and characteristics of linguistic use, the forms of biological diversity and the significant trajectories of change which have led to the current status of humanity.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of different scientific and theoretical approaches in anthropology, their epistemological and conceptual foundations, their strengths and limitations, and the types of topics, issues and problems they are designed to address. 
  • Bachelor of Art in Anthropology
    Bachelor of Art in Anthropology

    Anthropology is the holistic, comparative study of human diversity. The Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Anthropology provides students with a solid foundation in the contemporary theory, practice and application of the discipline and an understanding of global human diversity with a special emphasis on the cultures, lifeways and contemporary social issues of Alaska and the Circumpolar North. The program prepares students in intercultural fluency, critical thinking and research skills through coursework, applied research experiences and fieldwork.

    Graduates find opportunities in:

    • Education
    • Health Care
    • Museums
    • Social Services
    • International Development Agencies
    • Governmental Agencies
    • Non-profit Organizations
    • Marketing and Publishing.

    Many graduates also pursue graduate degrees in anthropology, law, public health, public policy, social work and other fields

  • Bachelor of Science in Anthropology
    Bachelor of Science in Anthropology

    Anthropology is the holistic, comparative study of human diversity. The Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Anthropology provides students with a solid foundation in the contemporary theory, practice and application of the discipline and an understanding of global human diversity with a special emphasis on the cultures, lifeways and contemporary social issues of Alaska and the Circumpolar North. The program prepares students in intercultural fluency, critical thinking and research skills through coursework, applied research experiences and fieldwork.

    Graduates find opportunities in:

    • Education
    • Health Care
    • Museums
    • Social Services
    • International Development Agencies
    • Governmental Agencies
    • Non-profit Organizations
    • Marketing and Publishing.

    Many graduates also pursue graduate degrees in anthropology, law, public health, public policy, social work and other fields.

  • Minor in Anthropology
    Minor in Anthropology

    The Anthropology undergraduate program provides students with a solid foundation in the contemporary theory and practice of four-field anthropology through lecture courses and instruction that encourage critical thinking and provide opportunities for independent research and fieldwork. The baccalaureate degree is offered with a focus in General Anthropology. This provides a broad-based academic background applicable to a wide range of careers in anthropology related fields, including preparation for graduate study.

Student Opportunities and Resources

Laboratories and Resources

The UAA Anthropology Department has 6 laboratories that are used by faculty and students for hands-on teaching and conducting research. This includes:

The Department has equipment in each of these labs that students may use for class projects and their own research.

Student Organizations

UAA Anthropology Club

Anthropology ClubThe club is designed to bring together students interested in anthropology as a way to engage in the discipline beyond the classroom.

Ceramics class

Art

The mission of the Department of Art is to prepare students to use their artistic abilities to make a difference in society. A comprehensive multi-studio approach encourages independent thinking, strengthens creativity, and develops knowledge of the critical and historical aspects of art. Students acquire technical skills and gain confidence to work with a variety of materials while exploring and evaluating the broad and diverse heritage of art and design. Our goal is to train and graduate students who are empowered artists,  focused on excellence in creative activity, learning and teaching and who are essential to the continued development of our vibrant culture.

The UAA Department of Art is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD).

Degree Options

Students choose to pursue a Bachelor of Arts, Art (BA), a Bachelor of Fine Arts, Art (BFA), or a Minor in Art. The Areas of Study include: Ceramics, Drawing, Alaska Native Art, Painting, Communication Design, Sculpture, Art Education, and Art History. 

  • Bachelor of Arts, Art (BA)
    Bachelor of Arts, Art

    The Bachelor of Arts, Art degree combines a diverse liberal arts curriculum with studio art and art history courses. Students enrolled in this program will have the freedom to explore courses in a variety of academic areas, acquire a broad understanding of art and art history, and develop a method of artistic expression using a variety of studio approaches.

    Program Student Learning Outcomes

    Students graduating with a Bachelor of Arts, Art will be able to demonstrate:

    • An understanding of the multiple ways in which creative thinking may be applied to a variety of intellectual, social, and professional circumstances
    • A broad knowledge of contemporary and historical contexts in the visual arts
    • Critical thinking, writing, and research skills leading to creative problem solving
    • Effective application of techniques, composition, and materials to express ideas through a variety of media
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts, Art (BFA)
    Bachelor of Fine Arts, Art

    The Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) Art program encourages students to concentrate their efforts in the studio arts. Students who exhibit the potential for success through strong coursework in the first two years of their pre-B.F.A. study are encouraged to submit an application and portfolio for admission into the B.F.A. program during their junior year. Admission into the B.F.A. program is a selective process, requiring acceptance by both the University of Alaska Anchorage and the Department of Art B.F.A. Committee.

    A student must choose a primary studio area of concentration and a secondary studio area of emphasis. A primary studio area of concentration is defined by a student completing a minimum of 15 credits or more within a specific area of study. A secondary studio area of emphasis is defined by a student completing 9-12 credits within a specific area of study.

    B.F.A. candidates are expected to devote a large measure of time to studio work as they plan for a professional life in art. The B.F.A. program provides the candidate with many opportunities for interaction with the department faculty and fellow B.F.A. students, encouraging close working relationships and mentorships. A written thesis and exhibition at the Kimura Gallery in the Fine Arts Building culminates the completion of the program.

    Program Student Learning Outcomes
    Students graduating with a B.F.A. in Art will be able to demonstrate:

    • Mastery of techniques, composition, and the use of materials to express ideas in a cohesive body of work.
    • A comprehensive knowledge of contemporary and historical contexts in the visual arts.
    • Critical thinking, writing, and research skills in the discovery of original approaches to creative problem solving.
    • Effective professional skills to be a practicing artist as applied to art proposals, exhibitions, and business matters.
  • Minor in Art
    Minor in Art

    The mission of the Department of Art is to prepare students to use their artistic abilities to make a difference in society. Our goal is to train and graduate students who are empowered artists, focused on excellence in creative activity, learning, and teaching, and who are essential to the continued development of our vibrant culture.

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

Student Opportunities and Resources

Fine Art Galleries

Kimura GalleryThe gallery programming is used to enhance the curriculum of studio art and art history classes and expand students thinking and approach to making art.

Arc Gallery: Dedicated to enriching the UAA and Anchorage community by producing exhibitions featuring emerging, mid-career, and established Alaskan artists.

Hugh McPeck Gallery located on the second floor of the Student Union, showcases artwork created by UAA Students. Each art exhibit opens with a Thursday reception and lasts for several weeks. 

Explore our Art Galleries!

Student Clubs

Ceramics Photo

UAA Clay Body club is for clay art students. The club organizes pottery sales and events to raise money for visiting artists, workshops, lectures, student travel to conferences and clay related events. Clay Body also hosts the wildly popular UAA Ceramics Spring Sale that brings patrons from all over the Anchorage-bowl. 

Biological Sciences class

Biological Sciences

The Department of Biological Sciences is currently home to a faculty that has diverse research programs and strengths in ecology, evolutionary biology, cell and developmental biology, physiological ecology of plants and animals, genetics, and molecular biology.
Our department is not just for researchers. We play a critical role in the education of life science and health majors from across the campus, and the department provides B.A., B.S., and honors program options for over 700 student majors. A productive graduate program includes over 30 M.S. and Ph.D. students. We are known for our commitment to provide undergraduate majors with maximum opportunities in faculty-directed field and lab research, ranging from molecular and cell-based studies to conservation, ecology, animal physiology and toxicology research.  Faculty and students participate in field research in the polar regions and beyond.

Degree Options

Our faculty are committed to using innovative practices in teaching to improve student learning of content and practical skills in the biological sciences. Authentic student research experiences expand opportunities for student success across gender, ethnicity and disciplines. Students are given choices in their learning, allowing for their creativity to thrive as faculty introduce critical thinking skills at all levels. By promoting undergraduate research and scholarly productivity through student engagement across multiple disciplines, we hope to foster students that can create biology-based approaches to tackle complex societal challenges.

  • Bachelor of Arts in Biological Sciences
    Bachelor of Arts in Biological Sciences

    The B.A. in Biological Sciences is a popular choice for students who are interested in a career in areas such as wildlife management or environmental law and is often combined with a minor in a discipline such as Psychology, History, Alaska Native Studies, History, English, a Foreign Language or Music.

    The B.A. in Biological Sciences is also popular with pre-medical students who wish to acquire and demonstrate academic skills and interests that extend beyond the pure sciences.

    Program Student Learning Outcomes
    Students graduating with a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor or Science in Biological Sciences will be able to:

    • Demonstrate an understanding of the core concepts in the biological sciences: evolution; structure and function relationships; information flow; exchange and storage; transformation of energy and matter.
    • Apply the process of science and construct knowledge through observations, experimentation, quantitative reasoning and hypothesis testing.
    • Read, analyze and synthesize primary literature, and communicate scientific concepts and data in written and oral form.
  • Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences
    Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences

    Students must choose either the Biological Sciences, or Microbiological Sciences Option.

    The B.S. in Biological Sciences is a popular choice for students who are interested in pursuing careers in biological research as it provides strong preparation for relevant graduate school programs such as an M.S. in Biological Sciences or a PhD.  The B.S. in Biological Sciences is also a good choice for students who are interested in moving directly into a biological or environmental career.

    This B.S. in Biological Sciences Is also a popular choice for pre-medical, pre-dental and pre-veterinary students as combining the degree requirements with the relevant professional school pre-requisites is relatively straight forward and as it enables these students to demonstrate interest and ability in a relevant discipline.

  • Bachelor of Science in Natural Sciences
    Bachelor of Science in Natural Sciences

    Students must choose either the Environmental Sciences, Pre-Health Professions, or General Sciences Option.

    The B.S. in Natural Sciences is a popular choice for students who are interested in pursuing careers in STEM teaching at the secondary school level as the breadth of the program provides them with the qualifications and skills that they need to obtain and to excel in such positions.

    The flexible nature of this degree has made it popular with a wide variety of Science students and it is often combined with a minor in a second discipline such as Psychology, Physics or Mathematics.  The three options associated with the degree are intended to maintain this flexibility while still ensuring that students who wish to use it as a stepping stone towards a biological, environmental or medical career are able to do so.

    Program Student Learning Outcomes

    Students graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Natural Sciences will be able to:

    • Design and implement scientific investigations to explore natural phenomena using experimentation, which includes exploration and discovery, and testing ideas (gathering and interpreting data)
    • Clearly and accurately communicate scientific ideas, theories, and observations in oral and written forms
    • Apply scientific data, concepts, and models to craft interdisciplinary explanations of scientific ideas across two of the natural sciences
  • Minor in Neuroscience
    Minor in Neuroscience

    This interdepartmental/multidisciplinary minor is designed to give students a foundation in the many different fields of neuroscience. This minor takes an integrative approach to prepare students for careers in neuroscience in order to meet workforce demands within academia, medicine, industry, government and legal services.

    A total of 18 Credits is required for the minor.

Student Opportunities and Resources

Biological Sciences Research

We strongly encourage you to take advantage of many of the opportunities that will arise during your academic careers at UAA, including research! Explore the areas of research in the Biological Sciences. 

Cellular, Molecular & Microbiology

Physiology and Physiological Ecology

Boreal and Polar Ecosystem Ecology

Biological Sciences Seminar Series

Student Clubs

UAA Premed Club
Premed Club meets Monday nights at 7 PM on the 3rd floor of CPISB.

For more information contact: uaapremedclub@gmail.com.

AMSA UAA Pre-Med Chapter
The American Medical Student Association has a UAA chapter on campus. Meetings are Fridays at 12 PM on the 3rd floor of CPISB.

For more information contact: uaa.amsa@gmail.com.

Biology Students

Chemistry Students showing off the ASET Lab

Chemistry

The courses in the Department of Chemistry offered at UAA are designed primarily to provide a broad knowledge of the field. They are also designed to provide a substantial foundation in chemistry for students interested in post-graduate studies in chemistry or other sciences, preparation for professional degrees, teaching, or a career in government or industry. Students majoring in chemistry will meet basic course requirements in inorganic, analytical, organic, physical chemistry and biochemistry.

Biochemistry courses are designed for students who prefer a more biologically oriented approach to chemistry. During the past 25 years biochemistry has become a central scientific discipline linking the chemical, physical, and biological sciences. By applying the concepts and methods of chemistry to the problems of biology, biochemists have made great progress in explaining life in chemical terms.

Degree Options

Chemistry is the science which is concerned with substances - their properties, composition, and reactions. Recent advances in chemistry have exerted a profound influence on the progress of medicine, agriculture, industry, and commerce.

  • Bachelor of Science in Chemistry
    Bachelor of Science in Chemistry

    Program Student Learning Outcomes
    Students graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry will be able to:

    • Evaluate and critically solve problems related to the chemical sciences and communicate those solutions.
    • Develop proficiency in scientific inquiry including laboratory technique, data analysis, literature review, and experimental design.

Student Opportunities and Resources

Applied Science, Engineering and Technology (ASET) Lab

ASET is a shared instrumentation facility operated by the faculty of the UAA Chemistry Department. The goals are to:

  • Support the integration of research and undergraduate/graduate student experience.
  • Develop high-demand job skills for students in quantitative analytical methods.
  • Engage UAA faculty in their professional fields to establish interdisciplinary collaborations.
  • Connect with local industry and community members to address research questions unique to Alaska

ASET is a free resource to the UAA campus; and there is no charge for the use of instrumentation. Undergraduate, graduate, and post-doctoral students receive training and operate the instruments on a day-to-day basis. 

Learn more about ASET Lab!

Student Clubs

UAA Chemistry Club

If you've ever experienced a chemistry class where your professor created an awesome explosion and you wanted to learn how to do that, then this is the club for you! We meet once a month to enjoy good company, eat free food, and explore a little chemistry together. Club members learn how to safely lead and explain hands-on chemistry activities, such as making polymeric slime or explosive CO2 volcanoes. 

Chemistry students tie-dying lab coats

The Chemistry Club also particiaptes in the American Chemical Society (ACS) annual lab coat tie dye event! The Lab Coat Tie-Dye Event is a tradition that allows students to creatively personalize a lab coat.

English Students

English

The Department of English’s mission is to prepare students to succeed in an increasingly diverse world. The department is devoted to an innovative curriculum that encourages lifelong learning, critical thinking and effective writing. The English Department teaches students to see textual work as an engagement with history, convention, culture and place so that they can participate responsibly in changing regional and challenging global environments. In particular, the department is concerned with Alaskan cultures, the North Pacific Rim environment and the intersection of networked technologies and forms of textuality.

Degree Options

The programs offered by the Department of English provide an opportunity for a truly liberal education, one that encourages both self-discovery and an exploration of enduring ideas. The curriculum includes courses in rhetoric, composition, creative writing, linguistics, and literature.

  • Bachelor of Arts in English
    Bachelor of Arts in English

    The programs offered by the Department of English prepare students to succeed in an increasingly diverse world by encouraging lifelong learning, critical thinking, and effective writing. The curriculum includes courses from across the fields of English studies: rhetoric, writing, linguistics, and literature.

    The Bachelor of Arts (BA) in English prepares students for graduate study in fields such as English and linguistics or professional school in fields such as secondary English education and law, or for work in any career that involves writing and reasoning. Graduates of the program have gone on to further study and jobs in fields as diverse as secondary school teaching, grant writing for nonprofits, journalism, consulting, and more.

  • Minor in English
    Minor in English

    The programs offered by the Department of English prepare students to succeed in an increasingly diverse world by encouraging lifelong learning, critical thinking, and effective writing. The curriculum includes courses from across the fields of English studies: rhetoric, writing, linguistics, and literature.

    Students majoring in another subject who wish to minor in English must complete requirements for one of the following emphases.

    • Linguistics
    • Literature
    • Professional Writing
  • Minor in Creative Writing
    Minor in Creative Writing

    The programs offered by the Department of English prepare students to succeed in an increasingly diverse world by encouraging lifelong learning, critical thinking, and effective writing. The curriculum includes courses from across the fields of English studies: rhetoric, writing, linguistics, and literature.

Student Opportunities and Resources

Understory

Understory is an annual anthology of UAA student achievements in creative writing, language and linguistics, literary studies, and rhetoric and composition.

Understory Logo

Student Clubs

Sigma Tau Delta: International English Honor Society

Sigma Tau Delta's central purpose is to confer distinction upon students of the English language and literature in undergraduate, graduate, and professional studies. Sigma Tau Delta also recognizes the accomplishments of professional writers who have contributed to the fields of language and literature. 

Members of the Alpha Epsilon Nu chapter of Sigma Tau Delta organize and participate in a variety of other events to help students gain important new skills and to raise money for the Pacific Rim Conference. Some events that we have participated in in the past are the annual Chili Cook-Off, the biennial Buck-A-Book sale, a workshop on writing Curriculum Vitae, and a workshop on writing conference proposals.

Geological Sciences Students

Geological Sciences

The Department of Geological Sciences strives to involve students in all aspects of geology. From exciting courses in the field and in the classroom, Geological Sciences students are engaged in understanding the processes of the earth.

Geological Sciences faculty are highly motivated and excited to share both their knowledge and their passion for the geologic sciences with you. Because the University of Alaska-Anchorage is located within an active tectonic margin, the Geological Sciences Department has focused on fusing a traditional classroom/laboratory education with field work. Thus, students who enjoy working outdoors, have a strong scientific background, and are interested in earth processes will find studying geology or environmental geology at UAA intriguing and rewarding. Nowhere else in the U.S. will you find active plate tectonics, erupting volcanoes and calving glaciers-all within driving distance of North America's largest mountain and right outside UAA's front door.

Degree Options

Geology is the science that studies planet Earth. The geological sciences incorporate areas of study in:

  • Earth materials including mineralogy, petrology, sedimentology and stratigraphy, volcanology, ore deposits, and structure.
  • Geologic Earth history including historical geology and paleontology.
  • Earth surface processes including geomorphology, paleoclimatology, glacial geology, and permafrost.
  • Earth’s environmental systems including hydrogeology, environmental geochemistry, and geophysics.

The curriculum is designed to provide students with a solid understanding of the geological sciences to prepare them for graduate studies, government and industry employment, and teaching. A Bachelor of Science in Geological Sciences is available for undergraduates.

  • Bachelor of Science in Geological Sciences
    Bachelor of Science in Geological Sciences

    Program Student Learning Outcomes

    The curriculum of the UAA Geological Sciences program is designed to produce graduates who:

    • Have a basic knowledge of the principles related to the geological sciences with either an emphasis in environmental geology or general geology.
    • Have an understanding of how to think scientifically and apply their knowledge to solve geologic problems.
    • Have sufficient competence to obtain employment as an entry-level geologist or environmental geologist, and be able to progress professionally within the discipline and are prepared for advanced study.
    • Have a fundamental understanding of Alaskan geology and environmental problems in Alaska.
    • Are able to communicate their ideas.
    • Are prepared for and understand the need for continued professional development throughout their careers.

    In keeping with the objectives, it is expected that graduates of the UAA Geological Sciences program will have:

    • An ability to apply their knowledge of general geology and/or environmental geology.
    • An ability to accept challenges and think through problems until they are solved.
    • An ability to design and conduct projects that include field work, laboratory analyses and interpretation in their area of emphasis.
    • Experience in field geology in Alaska.
    • An ability to communicate effectively.
    • A recognition of the need for, and ability to pursue, lifelong learning.

Student Opportunities and Resources

Student Field Experiences

ConocoPhillips made a donation to the Geological Sciences Department to help start a long-term initiative to strengthen undergraduate geoscience education at UAA, which assists students with the costs of attending field trips associated with their geology courses. The Field Experiences Fund helps to cover the logistical costs of field experiences in the geological sciences curriculum. As a result, UAA students will be provided with opportunities for impactful learning experiences in multiple field locations. 

Students on Field Study

Student Clubs

Geology Club

Geology Club photoThe Geology Club's purpose is to develop leadership in the geological sciences by providing all interested students opportunities to deepen their understanding of earth processes through activities such as guest lectures, geologic field studies, hikes and special events. The club provide students with scholarship and employment opportunities and encourage community involvement both within and outside the University environment.  

History Students in Lecture

History

History is a discipline; a series of practices that are historical in their basic approach and object that links our contemporary world to the past. Its practitioners subject evidence to rigorous analysis and synthesize sources to formulate coherent, logical narratives.  Historians use evidence to understand the historical process and develop arguments over the meaning of the past. The historical discipline is concerned with the questions of change and continuity, the complexities of causality and contingency, and the critical role of social context and individual motivation. Our discipline requires its practitioners to meet accepted standards of professionalism over and above the technical and to adhere to stringent expectations for academic integrity and honesty.

Degree Options

There is a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in History and a Minor in History available for interested undergraduate students. 

  • Bachelor of Arts in History
    Bachelor of Arts in History

    The specific educational outcomes that support the program objectives are to produce graduates who are able to:

    1. Write clear and precise English.
    2. Demonstrate advanced undergraduate historical research skills, including the proper use of the historical citation style, the critical use of primary and secondary sources, constructing an adequate research base, and framing a good historical question.
    3. Demonstrate advanced historical skills, including recognition of significance, understanding of cause and effect, awareness of continuity v. discontinuity, conversance with historiographical debate and perspective, and critical and integrative thinking.
  • Minor in History
    Minor in History

    The specific educational outcomes that support the program objectives are to produce graduates who are able to:

    1. Write clear and precise English.
    2. Demonstrate advanced undergraduate historical research skills, including the proper use of the historical citation style, the critical use of primary and secondary sources, constructing an adequate research base, and framing a good historical question.
    3. Demonstrate advanced historical skills, including recognition of significance, understanding of cause and effect, awareness of continuity v. discontinuity, conversance with historiographical debate and perspective, and critical and integrative thinking.

Student Opportunities and Resources

Involvement in Current Issues

The Department of History makes sure to host events that discuss current issues giving the UAA community important insight on the world today. Events like the Roundtable Discussion: The Misuse of History and the Russian Invasion of Ukraine, discuss current events and how events are shaped and impacted by history.

Roundtable Discussion

Student Clubs

Phi Alpha Theta

History majors and minors are strongly encouraged to join Phi Alpha Theta, the National History Honors Society. Joining the Alpha Beta Gamma Chapter of PAT is a great way to get involved on the UAA campus. It provides you with opportunities to form friendships with students who share your interest in history and to network with History Department faculty. PAT membership can also help you to continue to hone your skills as a historian and to learn about other academic opportunities.

International Flags

International Studies

A degree in International Studies can lead to a wide variety of careers. Government agencies, nongovernmental organizations, the Peace Corps, international corporations, and English language schools are among the possibilities. Some students will want to live and work abroad after graduation, others will want to enter graduate or professional school. Language proficiency, cross-cultural sensitivity and global awareness will make students more competitive in almost any career path.

UAA students have successfully competed for a variety of scholarships that fund graduate studies abroad and/or work or research abroad, such as the Marshall Scholarship, the Fulbright Student Program, and the Japan Exchange and Teaching Program.  Just as with graduate school, it is important to consider what will make you a competitive candidate for these scholarships and to incorporate into your UAA years experiences such as study abroad, service learning, undergraduate research, leadership in student government, and/or local internships with international organizations. 

Degree Options

The International Studies Program prepares students to be global citizens in an interdependent world. The program integrates comparative and global courses, language study, and courses focused on a particular area of the world. The program offers a BA in International Studies with tracks in Regional Studies and Global Social Sciences.

  • Bachelor of Arts in International Studies
    Bachelor of Science in International Studies

    The international studies program prepares students to be global citizens in an interdependent world. International and intercultural knowledge is fundamental to contemporary life and work. The objective of this program is to prepare students to be contributing members of the international community. There is a Regional Studies Track and a Global Social Sciences Track. 

    Regional Studies Track

    Choose an emphasis language from among the foreign languages offered at UAA and complete at least two semesters at the 200 level or higher. Students in the Regional Studies track must choose a language appropriate to one of the approved regions of study.

    International Studies students are encouraged to engage in an international or intercultural experience related to their program of study and the student learning outcomes of the program. Students may earn credits applicable to the degree program through a study abroad program, short-term study abroad, or an internship or service-learning project that involves a significant international or intercultural component. 

Student Opportunities and Resources

Scholarships

There are many local, national, and international scholarships available to help students pursue study abroad. 

Local Scholarships

  • Kibrik & Bergelson Study in Russia Scholarship

National and International Scholarships

  • Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi 
  • Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program
  • Killam Fellowships Program (Canada)
  • Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program
  • Kathryn Davis Fellowships for Peace 
Student Study Abroad
  • Explore your options: Go to an Office of International & Intercultural Affairs Information Session on Study Abroad: http://www.uaa.alaska.edu/oiia.
  • Meet with your academic advisor: Meet with your academic advisor and the Chair of International Studies to discuss the programs you are considering and how these might complement your on-campus academic program.
  • Apply for the program:  Apply for the study abroad program through the Office of International & Intercultural Affairs.  The Office of International & Intercultural Affairs will walk you through the process.  The process includes working with International Studies for advising on your program choice and course selection.
  • Apply for Scholarships: There are local, national, and international scholarships for study abroad.  You will work with the Office of International & Intercultural Affairs, and you will want to check with the study abroad program provider as well.  Application dates tend to be early-to-mid spring semester.
JPC Students in Class

Journalism and Public Communications

Learn by doing at the University of Alaska Anchorage.

Students in the Department of Journalism and Public Communications learn and practice the skills of multimedia journalism and strategic communications — skills that are required in almost every field — media, government, business, health and science. Our students get jobs and make meaningful change at the local, state and national level.

Degree Options

The Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Journalism and Public Communications (JPC) prepares students to engage in the role that free expression and communication play in a global society. Students create professional-quality projects in print, audio, video, and multimedia. Graduates are prepared for careers and graduate school because of hands-on experience and an emphasis on ethics, effective communication in a variety of contexts and formats, critical thinking, and community-engaged research and creative activity.

  • Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Public Communications
    Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Public Communications

    The Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Journalism and Public Communications (JPC) prepares students to engage in the role that free expression and communication play in a global society. Students create professional-quality projects in print, audio, video, and multimedia. Graduates are prepared for careers and graduate school because of hands-on experience and an emphasis on ethics, effective communication in a variety of contexts and formats, critical thinking, and community-engaged research and creative activity.

    Journalism and Public Communications students are consistently involved in media production and community engagement. They work for organizations such as the Anchorage Press, Alaska Public Media, and the Anchorage Daily News. Recently, Journalism and Public Communications students and faculty worked to curb the spread of misinformation and to create a healthier online information environment. 

Student Opportunities and Resources

Internship Programs
  • Anchorage Daily News Editorial Internship
  • Chips Quinn Scholars Program for Diversity in Journalism
  • Denver Post Internship
Scholarships
  • Alaska Professional Communicators Scholarships
  • Cap Lathrop Broadcast and Telecommunications Scholarship
  • Chips Quinn Scholars Program for Diversity in Journalism
  • PRSA Alaska Chapter Leonard McLean Scholarship
Student Media

There are many opportunities on campus for students to hone their craft and skills in writing, speech, debate, direction, and production.  

  • KRUA Campus Radio
  • The Northern Light (student newspaper)
  • True North (student magazine)

Student media

Languages Students in Class

Langauges

The Department of Languages prepares students to become informed global citizens by allowing them to explore different world views and concepts through immersion experiences in the classroom, community, and abroad, and fostering an appreciation for the changing and increasingly multi-cultural, multi-ethnic, and multi-lingual living environments. We help students develop and refine their critical and analytical skills, which will allow them to consider a diversity of perspectives and make sound decisions as they embark on their careers.

Degree Options

Majoring in Languages prepares one to live and work in a world in which contact with other cultures is becoming more frequent and appreciation and respect for linguistic and cultural diversity is becoming more important.

  • Bachelor of Arts in Languages
    Bachelor of Arts in Languages

    The Bachelor of Arts in Languages affords students two options: the Single Language Option, or the Dual Languages Option.

    Single Language Option

    • Choose one of the following languages: French, German, Japanese or Spanish.
    • Complete 12 credits of approved upper-division electives in or related to the primary language or culture, at least 9 of which must be taught in the primary language (contact language program coordinator for list of approved courses taught in English).
    • Complete an additional 6 credits of primary language approved electives in or related to the primary language or culture, but which must be upper-division if taught in the primary language (contact department for list of approved courses taught in English).

    Dual Languages Option:

    • Choose a primary language from the following: French, German, Japanese or Spanish.
    • Choose a secondary language from the following: American Sign Language, French, German, Japanese, Russian or Spanish.
    • Complete 9 credits of approved upper-division electives in or related to the primary language or culture, at least 6 of which must be taught in the primary language (contact language program coordinator or see department for list of approved courses taught in English).
    • Complete 8 credits beyond A102 in the secondary language.

    The flexibility of the B.A. in Languages allows students to select a program suited to their individual interests, educational needs, and career goals.

  • Minor in Laguages
    Minor in Languages

    A minor is a good way to acquire a significant proficiency level in a given language. In addition, by minoring, students gain formal documentation on their transcripts. This documentation can be very useful when being considered by prospective employers in a wide variety of fields, in applications to graduate school, and in other career or personal pursuits. 

    Credits must be in one discipline chosen from the following languages:

    • French
    • German
    • Japanese
    • Spanish

Student Opportunities and Resources

Student Study Abroad
  • Explore your options: Go to an Office of International & Intercultural Affairs Information Session on Study Abroad: http://www.uaa.alaska.edu/oiia.
  • Meet with your academic advisor: Meet with your academic advisor and the Chair of International Studies to discuss the programs you are considering and how these might complement your on-campus academic program.
  • Apply for the program:  Apply for the study abroad program through the Office of International & Intercultural Affairs.  The Office of International & Intercultural Affairs will walk you through the process.  The process includes working with International Studies for advising on your program choice and course selection.
  • Apply for Scholarships: There are local, national, and international scholarships for study abroad.  You will work with the Office of International & Intercultural Affairs, and you will want to check with the study abroad program provider as well.  Application dates tend to be early-to-mid spring semester.
Prestigious Scholarship Recipients: Languages Majors & Minors
  • Congress-Bundestag Scholarship (Germany)
  • Japan Student Services Organization Scholarship
  • Kaare Birkeland Scholarship (Norway)
  • U.S. Critical Language Scholarship for Intensive Summer Institute
  • U.S. Fulbright Scholarship
  • USTA Foreign Language Assistantship to Austria
  • U.S. Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship

Japanese Tea Room

Math Students in Class

Mathematics and Statistics

The Department of Mathematics and Statistics seeks to provide students with a quality education in the fields of Mathematics and Statistics. The Department offers baccalaureate degrees (BA/BS) in Mathematics and a minor in Mathematics for students majoring in another area. In addition, the Department delivers excellent service courses in statistics for other programs; courses of advanced topics, and research advising for students across all disciplines. The Programs of the Department of Mathematics and Statistics are offered by the College of Arts & Sciences.

Degree Options

The Department of Mathematical and Statistics offers a Bachelor of Science degree and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mathematics.

In addition, the Department of Mathematics and Statistics offers courses and programs for those students who wish to:

  • Obtain an Associate of Applied Science degree
  • Obtain an Associate of Arts degree
  • Obtain a variety of Certificates
  • Study mathematics for use in another discipline
  • Improve job-related mathematics skills
  • Study mathematics for self-interest
  • Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics
    Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics

    Students graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics will be able to:

    • Demonstrate knowledge of the techniques of modern mathematical subjects including all of algebra, analysis, discrete mathematics, and probability and statistics.

    • Demonstrate an ability to solve problems using skills such as deductive logic, data analysis, computation, modeling, connections, and other mathematical techniques.

    • Demonstrate an ability to create mathematical proofs.

    • Demonstrate an ability to read, write, and speak about mathematics.

    • Demonstrate cognizance of their mathematical knowledge, of mathematics around them, and of the benefit of continued study of mathematics.

  • Bachelor of Science in Mathematics
    Bachelor of Science in Mathematics

    Students graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics will be able to:

    • Demonstrate knowledge of the techniques of modern mathematical subjects including all of algebra, analysis, discrete mathematics, and probability and statistics.

    • Demonstrate an ability to solve problems using skills such as deductive logic, data analysis, computation, modeling, connections, and other mathematical techniques.

    • Demonstrate an ability to create mathematical proofs.

    • Demonstrate an ability to read, write, and speak about mathematics.

    • Demonstrate cognizance of their mathematical knowledge, of mathematics around them, and of the benefit of continued study of mathematics.

    • Demonstrate an understanding of the connections between mathematics and another discipline relying significantly on mathematics and recognize mathematical ideas embedded in other contexts.

  • Minor in Mathematics
    Minor in Mathematics

    Students majoring in another subject may wish to minor in Mathematics. A total of 18 credits is required for the minor, 6 of which must be approved upper division Mathematics courses.

Student Opportunities and Resources

Math Lab

The UAA Department of Mathematics and Statistics offers a space for students to study, receive help and interact with other UAA math students! The Math & Stats Lab is located in the Social Sciences Building (SSB), at the heart of UAA's campus. It is open to all students currently enrolled in mathematics courses at the 200 and 300 level.

The lab also provides tutoring! Tutors work in the mathematics tutoring lab for a few hours per week.

Brian Wick and Hilary Davies Mathematics Scholarship

The purpose of the Brian Wick and Hilary Davies Mathematics Scholarship is to provide support for tuition and other related educational expenses to students who are formally admitted to the Mathematics BA or BS degree program at the University of Alaska Anchorage.

Math Lab

Music Students at Performance

Music

The UAA Department of Music fosters excellence in the preparation of music students for graduate school, teacher training or other careers in music. Music faculty and programs also serve as an important community resource in the training of pre-college talent. The Department seeks to serve the lifelong learning component of the university mission by offering the Alaskan community access to opportunities for continuing education.

Degree Options

With an impressive breadth and depth of talent at the undergraduate level, and an internationally recognized music faculty, the UAA Department of Music is a dynamic contributor to the cultural climate in Southcentral Alaska. Through teaching, performance, recordings, composition, publication, community outreach, and other creative and service-oriented endeavors related to the field of music the Department of Music provides leadership in the musical arts for the state of Alaska. 

  • Bachelor of Arts in Music
    Bachelor of Arts in Music

    The Bachelor of Arts in Music offers a diverse curriculum for those desiring a broad liberal arts education with a concentration in music. Students pursuing this degree will sample courses of their choosing in each of the major academic areas in addition to strengthening their understanding and performance in their chosen musical area.

    Students completing a degree in Music will be able to: 

    • Demonstrate technical proficiency on their chosen instrument as well as functional proficiency on piano.
    • Demonstrate and analyze through musical literacy, the basic technical principles used in the construction of music and its basic forms.
    • Communicate a knowledge of the various musical periods and representative forms from those periods in the social, artistic and political context of each.

    Below are examples of 4-year plans for the following study areas:

    All incoming students who wish to major in music are required to audition. Students should prepare a solo with contrasting movements for their audition. This process helps place students into the correct level of private lessons.

  • Bachelor of Music
    Bachelor of Music

    Performance Track

    The Bachelor of Music Performance track is a professional music degree. By focusing on the development of skills, concepts and sensitivities essential for success as a performing musician, students work to achieve a high level of technical competence in their performing area while gaining a broad knowledge of music theory, history and literature.

    Use the links below to see a sample 4-year degree completion plan for your specific area of focus.

    Education Track

    The Bachelor of Music Education Emphasis track is a four-year program that provides initial training for a career in teaching music. This professional music degree is followed by a one-year Master of Arts in Teaching program which completes the requirements for the initial teaching certificate in music K-12. Contact the College of Education for more information.

    Use the links below to see a sample 4-year degree completion plan for your specific area of focus. 

    All incoming students who wish to major in music are required to audition. Students should prepare a solo with contrasting movements for their audition. This process helps place students into the correct level of private lessons. 

Student Opportunities and Resources

Student Ensembles

For developing musicians, the opportunity to perform as part of an ensemble is integral to improving musicianship and professionalism. Performing in ensembles will push you beyond your normal comfort zone by widening your musical styles and knowledge while also making you more conscious of areas for improvement. In order to provide our students a well-rounded musical education as well as ample performance opportunities, we offer a wide-variety of ensembles lead by our esteemed faculty. 

  • Guitar Ensemble: The UAA Guitar Ensemble is directed by Dr. Armin Abdihodzic and features a blend of classical guitar pieces as well as music especially arranged for the ensemble.
  • Opera and Music Theatre WorkshopUnder the direction of Dr. Mari Hahn, Opera and Music Theatre Ensemble performs an exciting variety of music -- from full-length Classical operas to imaginative revues of the latest Broadway hits. 
  • University Sinfonia: Conducted by Dr. Bruce Wood, the University Sinfonia is the orchestra ensemble which rehearses and performs in collaboration with the Anchorage Youth Orchestra. Dr. John Lutterman also provides weekly coachings to Sinfonia musicians in chamber-music repertoire.
  • University Singers: The University Singers is under the direction of Dr. Grant Cochran who also conducts the Anchorage Concert Chorus. This talented ensemble performs a blend of classical and modern choral pieces as well as pop arrangements.
  • Jazz EnsembleDr. Armin Abdihodzic directs the Jazz Ensemble which can be seen in action several times throughout the year in conjunction with the Jazz Week Benefits. Musicians for the ensemble are drawn from both UAA students and the wider Anchorage community.
Music Events and Live Performances

The Department of Music, student ensembles, and faculty ensembles hold a variety of concerts and recitals throughout the academic year. Many of our students and faculty are also involved in performances with other organizations in the Anchorage area. 

Annual Music Events

  • UAA Jazz Festival: Since 1986, the UAA Department of Music has proudly produced Jazz Week which features the best local and national talent around. Jazz Week has expanded and now offers a variety of performances by UAA Jazz Combos throughout the Fall and Spring semesters in addition to workshops, masterclasses and performances by guest artists. 
  • Symphony of Sounds: One of the most unique concert experiences of the year, the Symphony of Sounds concerts deliver an extravaganza of musical entertainment in a non-stop collage format. Every taste in music is satisfied with a wide range of musical styles that include classical, jazz, opera and musical theatre. UAA music majors compete to be part of this program, which is considered to be one of the best showcases for young musicians in Alaska.
  • Alaska Piano Competition

Symphony of Sounds Photo

Philosophy Lecture

Philosophy

Members of the Department of Philosophy are committed to the pursuit of excellence in teaching, research, and public service, and seek to extend the mission of the University by promoting freedom of inquiry, integrity in study and action, and the transmission of knowledge and understanding. The department's emphasis on intellectual strenuousness uniquely prepares students for variety of graduate studies as well as public leadership. Through community engagement, faculty and students raise public discussion of significant issues and provide leadership in addressing conflicts and solving problems in Alaska and beyond.

Degree Options

The Philosophy Department offers several options for students interested in the study of philosophy, a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy or a Minor in Philosophy. 

  • Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy
    Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy

    Philosophy is the creative and critical reflection on enduring questions concerning the nature of the world and our place in it. For example, philosophy asks metaphysical questions about what exists, epistemic questions about what we can claim to know, and ethical questions about the nature of the good life and right action. In addition, philosophy involves the study and practice of good reasoning and clear thinking, skills that are essential to any discipline or profession.

    Students who choose to pursue a BA in Philosophy may choose from the following (optional) areas of focus: 

    • Philosophy
    • World Philosophies and Religions
    • Pre-Law
  • Minor in Philosophy
    Minor in Philosophy

    The minor in Philosophy is designed for students who are interested in philosophy but pursuing another degree, and for students majoring in a discipline that is complemented by the study of philosophy, such as History, Justice, English, Psychology, Anthropology, Sociology, Mathematics, Political Science or the Natural Sciences.

Student Opportunities and Resources

Ethics Center

Created in 2013, the Ethics Center is an innovative, research and teaching unit within the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Alaska Anchorage. The Center's mission is to be an ethics resource for Alaskans and to advance research, teaching, and outreach of applied ethics. The Center is administered by faculty from the Department of Philosophy and aspires to become an interdisciplinary group of scholars who will employ diverse methodologies to a wide range of social and ethical dilemmas facing Alaskans, peoples of the Arctic, and our global community. 

The Center has international and Alaskan-based experience with research in applied bioethics, science and technology, health and healthcare, the environment, deliberative democracy, institutional governance, professional and business ethics, animal and food ethics, research ethics, and the interface between religion and social ethics. 

In promoting UAA’s mission of Public Square, The Center also holds public forums in the form of professional roundtables, public lectures from both academics and professionals, and white papers/advisory statements on issues relevant to UAA, Anchorage, and Alaska.

Student Clubs

Philosophy Club

The Philosophy Club meets weekly to discuss philosophic topics in an informal setting. All philosophy students are welcome to attend as are those who are simply curious about philosophy and UAA's philosophy program. 

Ethics Bowl

The Ethics Bowl offers the opportunity for undergraduates to apply their knowledge of argument and ethics to case studies in a competitive environment designed to test reasoning, advocacy and critical thinking.

2021 Ethics Bowl Team

Physics and Astronomy Students

Physics and Astronomy

Physics is the universal science. It is the rational development of experiments, observations, and theories to explain the fundamental structure of the universe. Physicists study everything from the smallest subatomic particles to the entire universe.

The laws that physicists have discovered form the basis for understanding the world and also for making the devices and machines that we see and use everyday.  

The Department of Physics offers a minor, which provides a valuable option especially to Engineering, Math, Computer Science, Chemistry, Biological Sciences, or Geological Sciences majors. It is widely known that a strong physics background increases a graduate's employability.

Degree Options

UAA currently does not offer a specific major in physics. Students interested in studying physics can either:

  • Minor in Philosophy
    Minor in Physics

    Students majoring in another subject who can choose to minor in physics. 

    Courses include: 

    • Waves, Thermodynamics and Electricity
    • Stars, Galaxies and Cosmology
    • Mechanical Vibrations
    • Advanced Fluid Mechanics
    • Quantum Mechanics
    • Astrobiology
    • Electromagnetics Laboratory II

Student Opportunities and Resources

Planetarium & Visualization Theater

Planetarium Entrance

The UAA Planetarium and Visualization Theater offers an immersive full-dome experience, and is an immersive place to explore the world around us, from the smallest microbes to the most distant galaxies.

Student Clubs

Society of Physics Students

The Society of Physics Students aims to encoursge interest in physics at UAA. Through lectures, seminars, hands on projects, and other activities, SPS facilitates camaraderie and cooperation between members and fosters their individual academicgrowth. Membership is open to all undergraduate students who express an interest in physics. 

Activites

  • Volunteering for the physics department and planetarium.
  • Commiserating with fellow science majors over your terrible calculus professor or why we have to take not-physics/math classes.
  • Stargazing in unreasonalby cold weather.
  • Weekly academic discussions and student presentations on cureent physics research, ranging from astrophysics to condensed matter.
  • Whatever else we come up with while avoiding homework.
Political Science photo

Political Science

Students come to political science because they are interested in politics: some of them with an eye to a political career, some with a scholarly intent and many wishing to know more about this central, inescapable human concern. The Department of Political Science aims to make all students aware and critical of their first opinions (since human beings are at their most opinionated in politics), to open up the possibilities of politics, to reveal the permanent political problems, to impart an intellectual discipline and to supply a guide for choice.

The department welcomes all students who want to learn more about politics. It reserves its honors for majors who earn qualifying marks both in a senior seminar and on a comprehensive examination.

Degree Options

The Department of Political Science offers a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science as well as a minor with an emphasis in Political Science or Public Administration.

  • Bachelor of Arts in Political Science
    Bachelor of Arts in Political Science

    The Political Science program is divided into five areas:

    • Comparative Politics
    • International Relations
    • Political Philosophy
    • American Politics
    • Political Behavior.

    Majors in political science are required to take at least one course in each of these areas, to specialize in one of them and to complete introductory courses in political science.

  • Minor in Political Science
    Minor in Political Science

    The department also offers a minor in Political Science. Students pursuing the minor take two introductory courses and four additional upper division political science electives.

Student Opportunities and Resources

Senator Ted Stevens Legislative Internship Program
Model United Nations of Alaska

The Model UN of Alaska is an important international educational experience, which has been organized and offered through voluntary cooperative efforts. Ever since 1980, Alaska high school and university students have had the opportunity to participate in a simulation of the United Nations here in Alaska. Originally offered by Alaska Pacific University, the University of Alaska Anchorage has hosted the Model UN (MUN) of Alaska since 1993. 

The Department of Political Science, in the UAA College of Arts and Sciences, is the university body responsible for coordinating all aspects of the MUN. In fact, UAA students (the Secretariat) both organize and participate in the simulation.

Model UN Participants

Psychology photo

Psychology

The Department of Psychology at the University of Alaska Anchorage offers undergraduate and graduate degree and certificate programs aimed at preparing students: (1) for advanced study in the social and health sciences, and (2) become members of the behavioral health workforce. The department also maintains the Psychological Services Center, a clinic that provides low cost mental health services to campus and community members. The department strives to offer degree and certificate programs that meet the needs of the state of Alaska,

 

Degree Options

The UAA Psychology Department offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs, mentorship, and high-quality training in the science of behavior and mental processes to enrich the lives of our students, citizens of Alaska, and the field of Psychology.

  • Bachelor of Arts in Psychology
    Bachelor of Arts in Psychology

    A Psychology major may choose to obtain either a Bachelor of Arts degree (BA) or a Bachelor of Science degree (BS). The Psychology courses required for a BA and BS are identical.

    The College of Arts and Sciences has different course requirements for those earning a BA vs a BS The BA requirements focus on culture and social behavior, liberal arts, and humanities whereas the BS requirements focus on mathematics and the natural and social sciences.

    The Psychology faculty recommends the BA for most students. The BS degree is most appropriate for students planning research careers in areas of Psychology requiring a strong background in mathematics and science. 

    However, even for students headed for research intensive careers, the BA degree supplemented by selected science and mathematics courses can be the best overall choice. Psychology advisors can help with decisions in individual cases.

  • Bachelor of Science in Psychology
    Bachelor of Science in Psychology

    A Psychology major may choose to obtain either a Bachelor of Arts degree (BA) or a Bachelor of Science degree (BS). The Psychology courses required for a BA and BS are identical.

    The College of Arts and Sciences has different course requirements for those earning a BA vs a BS The BA requirements focus on culture and social behavior, liberal arts, and humanities whereas the BS requirements focus on mathematics and the natural and social sciences.

    The Psychology faculty recommends the BA for most students. The BS degree is most appropriate for students planning research careers in areas of Psychology requiring a strong background in mathematics and science. 

    However, even for students headed for research intensive careers, the BA degree supplemented by selected science and mathematics courses can be the best overall choice. Psychology advisors can help with decisions in individual cases.

  • Minor in Children's Mental Health
    Minor in Children's Mental Health

    The field of Children's Mental Health encompasses numerous disciplines, including early childhood, elementary, secondary and special education; human services; juvenile justice; pediatric nursing; child and adolescent Psychology; and social work.

    Due to the multidisciplinary nature of this field of study, all of the disciplines listed below are appropriate Majors for students seeking a Minor in Children's Mental Health and a career in this field.

  • Minor in Psychology
    Minor in Psychology

    Students majoring in another subject may wish to minor in psychology. 

Student Opportunities and Resources

Psychological Services Center
Student Clubs

The Psychology Club and Psi Chi allow students to network with other psychology students and with the community. The club creates opportunities for students to learn more about the field of psychology, raise money for local and national charities, host guest speakers from the community and research presentations by UAA faculty and students, and host social activities. They also co-host one of the major events for the Psychology Department: The Behavioral Sciences Conference of the North (BSCN).

WSGS Student

Women's and Gender Studies

Women's and Gender Studies Program at UAA offers students unique historical and contemporary perspectives on women and gender to culture, society, social movements, the arts, and many other aspects of human experience.

Degree Options

The Alaska Native Studies Program offers an Associate of Arts (AA) and a minor, for students interested. 

  • Minor in Women's and Gender Studies
    Minor in Women's and Gender Studies

    The strength of the Women's and Gender Studies Program comes from its 50-plus affiliated faculty members who teach in disciplines including English, History, Sociology, Nursing, Philosophy, Alaska Native Studies, Anthropology, Journalism, Social Work, Languages, Math, Communication, Theater, Psychology, and the Justice Center.

    The interdisciplinary Women's and Gender Studies minor offers students the opportunity to select courses from a wide variety of disciplines. Women's and Gender Studies courses offer students a dynamic, interactive environment that encourages critical thinking, empowers students as learners, enriches their sense of our civilization's diverse heritage, connects their knowledge from other courses, and challenges them to become actively engaged in shaping the world around them.