Degree Opportunities in the Social Sciences
UAF's College of Liberal Arts (CLA) offers 6 bachelors and 2 graduate degree options
in the social sciences. Students studying the social sciences cross disciplines such
as psychology, social work, justice, history, political sciences, arctic and cultural
Social sciences students acquire a highly adaptable professional skill set, centered on complex information analysis and communication. Our students gain skills and understanding through experiential learning opportunities. Programs in social sciences thrive in laboratories, real-world internships, and service-learning activities. Degrees in the social sciences are built on strong research skills. The social sciences give graduates the tools to thrive in a complex, multicultural world.
At UAF students have the opportunity to study with expert faculty who take a genuine interest in their success. Students collaborate with professors who are invested in their long-term goals. CLA promotes student leadership and engagement. We encourage innovative spirits and help students grow with advising and mentorship support. Our faculty challenge students in and out of the classroom to create and apply knowledge in their communities. They cultivate a culture of social responsibility, creative outlooks, and inclusive leadership. We understand a 21st century liberal arts education needs to be comprehensive, which is why we integrate and emphasize practical, career-focused skills throughout the curriculum. As a result, our graduates attract top employers and become intellectually-engaged citizens who are ready to create positive change.
Social science is steeped in a tradition of intellectual distinction and is today renowned for innovative social inquiry. Faculty study diverse, complex questions about human experience and the world, and engage in teaching and research that explores important issues of the past and present in local and global contexts.
Designed to provide practical applications of a theory-based education, CLA strives to give you opportunities to conduct independent studies, participate in internships and apprenticeships, and develop skills in and knowledge of writing, speaking, computing, and cultural awareness.
Students fulfill plan requirements by taking a variety of courses across disciplines and declaring a major — a subject area of focus. Many students pursue more than one major or complete a minor or a certificate. The plan ensures that you will have opportunities to conduct independent and collaborative research, study abroad, and participate in service learning and internships. The result is a rich and varied educational experience that prepares you for life ahead.