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Sociology B.A. or B.S.

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    Sociology B.A. or B.S.

    Attracting a dynamic and diverse array of people from all over the state and beyond, Anchorage is at the crossroads of urban and rural cultures. Help build a better world by studying sociology at the University of Alaska Anchorage.

Explore the sociology bachelor’s degree program at the University of Alaska Anchorage

With a focus on public sociology — applying social science research to address community and societal needs — UAA’s Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degree programs in sociology develop global citizens who will thrive in a complex and interconnected world.

Sociology scholarships and financial aid
Apply for departmental scholarships that help qualified sociology majors pay for college and, in some cases, fund research projects. You may also be eligible for dozens of university and private scholarships. Learn more about financial aid opportunities at UAA.

Online classes to earn a sociology degree
UAA offers an increasing number of online classes in sociology, with nearly three-quarters of the sociology degree available online. New in Fall 2018 are online courses in Demography, Sociology of Religion and Social Science Research Methods.

Mentorship and advising for sociology majors
Faculty and academic advisors work together to help you get the most value out of your sociology bachelor’s degree from UAA. Faculty focus on mentoring students in undergraduate research, including those from other disciplines. Academic advisors focus on planning and scheduling to help you fulfill sociology degree program requirements and graduate on time.

Honors in Sociology
In recognition of your academic achievements at UAA, you can graduate with departmental honors by maintaining a 3.50 GPA in sociology classes and scoring above the 90th percentile on the ETS Major Field Test.

Social Awareness Society
Unite with students across all disciplines by joining the Social Awareness Society, which connects the UAA campus to the Anchorage community through movie screenings, guest speaker panels, local fundraisers and more.

Sociology B.A. or B.S.

Degree Type:

  • Baccalaureate

Program Length: Four Years

Availability:Anchorage campus

Other program options: Minor in sociology

Did you know..

Advancing undergraduate student research and creative activities at UAA, the Office of Undergraduate Research and Scholarship has awarded sociology majors more than 20 undergraduate research grants (up to $2,000) in the past five years.

What can you do with a sociology degree from UAA?

Leaders in community-based social science and policy research, UAA sociology alumni continue on to graduate school and successful careers.

Sociology-related graduate programs

  • Sociology
  • Master of Public Administration
  • Master of Public Health
  • Marketing and communications
  • Environmental studies

Sociology degree jobs
Prepare to collaborate in complex, culturally diverse and rapidly changing environments in a variety of fields, including:

  • Research and policy
  • Public health
  • Business, marketing and communications
  • Law enforcement
  • Social services and advocacy
  • Education

By the numbers..

80%
UAA sociology capstone students who scored above the national average on the ETS Sociology Major Field Exam in 2016–17.
Education Testing Service
Top5%
The average national ranking of UAA sociology capstone students on the Research Methods and Statistics portion of the ETS Sociology Major Field Test in 2016–2017.
Education Testing Service

Sociology bachelor’s degree program highlights

Study behavior in human societies, from small groups to global civilizations, then create change with evidence-based solutions.

  • Conduct impactful undergraduate research through internships, practicums or independent research projects. You can work with organizations in Anchorage and across Alaska, such as UAA’s Institute of Social and Economic Research, the Anchorage Community Land Trust and the Anchorage Police Department. Through faculty mentorship, undergraduate students have developed independent research projects on topics of personal interest, including food security and accessibility on campus, media coverage of crime in the Mountain View neighborhood, homelessness in the LGBT community, and racial and gender inequality in the local restaurant industry.
  • Earn recognition for your research. As a sociology major, you can share work with peers and the local community at the Undergraduate Research and Discovery Symposium and present findings in professional settings such as the annual meeting of the Pacific Sociological Association or the Anchorage Mayor’s Office.
  • Receive the best research-oriented instruction from program faculty. Their teaching and research interests focus on topics that intersect with life in the North, including housing and environmental issues, deviance and crime, globalization and culture and urbanization and inequality.

Amazing stories from sociology majors

The critical-thinking skills I learned as a sociology student have proven to be invaluable both in my personal and my professional life. Understanding how different groups interact, and recognizing the complexities of social problems, has allowed me to approach issues with a more balanced mindset.

Katie Marquette
B.A. Sociology ’10; Communications Director, Alaska Department of Health and Social Services; Former Press Secretary for Alaska Governor Bill Walker
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Get involved with the international food conference, co-sponsored by UAA Sociology, Health Sciences and the Center for Community Engagement, as well as the Association for the Study of Food and Society and the Agriculture, Food and Human Values Society.

Annual Food Conference

Sociology bachelor’s degree program curriculum

The dynamic combination of classroom instruction and field experiences helps you to develop valuable job skills, including critical-thinking, analytical and writing skills, required every day in jobs for sociology majors.

What’s the difference between the B.A. and B.S. degrees in sociology?

  • The Bachelor of Arts in sociology degree focuses on sociological theory and practice, combined with writing, ethics and electives in humanities, fine arts, languages or other social sciences. Earn a sociology B.A. if you’re interested in graduate school or a career in law, education, advocacy, social services, corporate communications, corrections or public policy.
  • The Bachelor of Science in sociology degree focuses on quantitative research methods, combined with mathematics and statistics, writing, ethics and electives in the natural or health sciences, geomatics, geography or environmental studies. Earn a sociology B.S. if you’re interested in graduate school or a career in applied research fields such as planning, marketing or public health.

Top classes for sociology majors

  • Analyze data on topics from Anchorage schools and U.S. suburban sprawl to the Syrian refugee crisis in Demography.
  • Explore rapid changes transforming the world in the interdisciplinary Sociology of Globalization course.
  • Learn about social inequality and mobility by playing “Stratified Monopoly” in the Social Stratification course.