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Why Sociology?

"Philosophers have only interpreted the world in various ways; the point, however, is to change it."
Karl Marx, Thesis on Feuerbach XI

Sociology is the study of group life. It combines scientific and humanistic perspectives in the study of urban and rural life, family patterns and relationships, social change, inter-group relations, social class, environment, technology and communications, health care and illness, social movements, community responses to disasters, and pressing contemporary social issues. 

Sociology at UAS

At the University of Alaska Southeast you can take courses in deviant behavior; in close relationships; in men, women, and change; in medical sociology; in race and ethnic relations; and more. Sociology provides many distinctive ways of looking at the world that generates new ideas and reassesses old ones.

Program Opportunities

Internships and Practical Experiences

Students with an emphasis in sociology have participated in internships working with state legislators, and the State of Alaska Departments of Health and Human Services, Corrections, and Education. Sociology students can also gain practical experience through working in policy research, administration and management, and in clinical and applied settings. Exchange Programs Students may study for a year at another U.S. or Canadian university or in Europe or Latin America.


Within the Bachelor of Arts in Social Science, you pursue a minor field of study. Minors at UAS that complement sociology are:

  • Alaska Native Studies
  • Business

These programs combine with sociology to create a focus on diversity in society. They also provide you with a strong background to enter careers in various business enterprises and social services with a focus on working with people.

“The hope of a secure and livable world lies with disciplined nonconformists who are dedicated to justice, peace and brotherhood.”
Martin Luther King Jr.

Careers in Sociology

Sociology is a valuable social science major for students planning careers in a variety of fields, including:

  • Social Research
  • Social Psychology
  • Criminology
  • Demography
  • Gerontology
  • Education
  • Public Administration
  • Social Work
  • Market Research

Many students who study sociology as undergraduates later pursue careers in law, business, medicine, community planning, architecture, and government.

I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed that we hold these truths to be self-evident that all men are created equal.”
Martin Luther King, Jr.

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