Sociology is in transition

The Department of Sociology is undergoing transition in response to the university's budget cuts. While you can still earn a minor in Sociology, for the time being, new students will not longer be accepted into the BA or the BS degree programs. Current students should contact their faculty adviser or Dr. Sine Anahita to discuss how they can obtain the courses they need to graduate with a Sociology BA or BS in a timely manner.


Classes Offered Fall 2016

  • SOC 100X Individual, Culture, & Society--multiple sections, including eLearning and F2F
  • SOC 201X Social Problems
  • SOC 250 Intro Stats for Social Sciences
  • SOC 308 Race and Ethnic Relations--new eLearning section
  • SOC 333 Human Sexualities Across Cultures
  • SOC 373W Research Methods in the Social Sciences--new eLearning section

About our program

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Farmers Market, Fairbanks AK

The Department of Sociology is a friendly and small department where you will get to know other students and your faculty. Our program is unique because it focuses on the study of inequalities and social justice. Our vision is to expand understanding of inequalities and to work towards social justice. We believe that the sociological perspective can make special contributions towards realizing social justice.

Mission : The Department of Sociology at the University of Alaska Fairbanks seeks to contribute to the broader intellectual mission of the university by sharing the sociological perspective through teaching and research on social issues, especially those concerning social justice and pertaining to the North and its diverse peoples.

Goals: The Department of Sociology has the following goals:

•  to facilitate student learning of the discipline and craft of sociology;
•  to prepare students for advanced study in sociology, professional schools in other fields, and life-long learning;
•  to advance sociological and social science knowledge through original research; and
•  to employ sociological expertise through service to the university, the community and the state of Alaska.


Department News--August 2016

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Welcome new faculty!

Sociology is pleased to introduce new instructors to the faculty line-up for Fall 2016. Nicole Dufour has an MA in Anthropology and is pursuing her PhD in Linguistic Anthropology here at UAF; she will be teaching SOC 201 Social Problems. Maureen Biermann is ABD in Geography from Penn State and will be teaching a section of SOC 100X Individual, Culture, and Society. Melanie Lindholm has an MA in Arctic and Northern Studies and will also be teaching SOC 100X. And Sociology is pleased to welcome back Dr. Kayt Sunwood, who holds a PhD in Curriculum and Instructional Technology and will be teaching the eLearning section of SOC 100X. Once they get settled into their offices on 7th floor Gruening, stop by to say hello!

Dr. David Kadanoff and Dr. Kara Dillard resigned to positions at other universities. We wish them well!


Resources for Students

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Here are some resources for sociology students. As you can see, there is more to being a sociology student than taking classes! 


Resources for Alumni

photo of alum, Ashley Ferenc

Our graduates may no longer be attending classes at UAF, but their spirits still linger on 7th floor Gruening! Faculty, staff, and continuing students love to hear about alumni, so please do keep in touch to let us know what you're up to these days. We would like to continue to feel connected to our sociological community. Be sure to email the Dept of Sociology with your news so we can keep up with what you're doing!

If you became a member of AKD while you were a student at UAF, remember that you are a member for life! Click on the link below to find out what has been going on since you graduated. (And while you're thinking about it, why not send in your dues renewal to the international office so you won't miss any issues of Sociological Perspective... The address can be found on the AKD page linked below.)

Yet another way you can continue to stay connected to the Department of Sociology and to the sociological community you helped to create while you were a student here is to give to the University. You can earmark your donation for the Department if you wish.

Please do keep in touch with us. We miss you, and we would love to hear more about your life since your graduation!

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