Bachelor of Arts in Sociology

Admission Requirements

Satisfy the Application and Admission Requirements for Baccalaureate Programs.


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 (required)
SOC A101Introduction to Sociology3
SOC A380Sociology of Globalization3
SOC A402Social Theory3
SOC A462Social Science Statistics4
SOC A488Capstone Seminar3
Research Methods
Complete one of the following courses:3
Social Science Research Methods
Diversity and Inequality
Complete two of the following courses:6
Urban Sociology
Marriages and Families
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 Writing and Ethics
WRTG A212Writing and the Professions3
or WRTG A213 Writing and the Sciences
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
Total Credits52-54

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.

Program Student Learning Outcomes

Students graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology 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.