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American Sociological Association:Undergraduate Resources
Undergraduate Student Resources
What is Sociology?
Imagine having the ability to analyze the dynamics of a hostile mob, track patterns in corporate downsizing, explore how people express emotions, or study the effects of cultural difference on problems of peace and war. Sociology is the scientific study of social life. It is the exploration of social change and a lens into the complexity of the causes and consequences of human behavior.
Majoring in Sociology
Thinking about majoring in Sociology? Find out what kinds of marketable job skills do sociology majors gain? Where are recent graduates working?
Navigating the Sociology Major (PDF)
This article by Stephen Sweet and James Rothenberg discusses topics such as strategic course selection, the value of research and internships, careers, graduate school and much more.
Sociology Club Guide (PDF)
Get some great ideas for starting a Sociology Club on your campus.
You may purchase the ASA Style Guide Fifth Edition (2014) from our bookstore. This 128 page book is designed to serve as the authoritative reference for writing, submitting, editing, and copyediting manuscripts for ASA journals and other publications following ASA's unique format.
Quick Tips for ASA Style
You may download this 2-page document, summarizes reference formatting from the ASA Style Guide, 4th edition. Students will find it useful for their sociology coursework.
Sociology: A 21st Century Major
This brochure answers the question ‘What is sociology?” and includes quotes from students about why they chose to major in sociology. It also includes a list of specific employable skills that students gain by studying sociology, and quotes from recent graduates about the jobs they got after graduation.
Career Resources for Undergraduates
Find out more about getting a job with an undergraduate degree in Sociology
Become a student member of the ASA. Join or renew ASA Student Membership
Meet and interact with other sociology students. Student members automatically become members of the Student Forum.
Thinking about Graduate School?
Get some information to help you prepare.
Guide to Graduate Departments:Find the right program for you.Tell your department to pick up this great publication or buy it yourself in our online bookstore.