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  1. After the Fall: The Growth Rate of Sociology BAs Outstrips Other Disciplines Indicating an Improved Market for Sociologists

    This data brief documents trends in sociology bachelor's degrees granted from 1980-1995, comparing them to a limited number of other disciplines.

  2. After the Fall: Growth Trends Continue

    This data brief uses trend data to study the vitality of sociology as an academic discipline. Findings include that the number of students graduating with bachelor’s degrees in sociology continued to rebound from years past, increasing by 5 percent between 1995 and 1996.

  3. BA Growth Trend: Sociology Overtakes Economics

    This data brief uses trend data to study the vitality of sociology as an academic discipline. Findings include that the number of students graduating with bachelor’s degrees in sociology exceeded those in economics between 1994 and 1997.

  4. Sociology, Criminology Concentrations, and Criminal Justice: Differences in Reasons for Majoring, Skills, Activities, and Early Outcomes?

    Sociology departments have been concerned about losing potential majors for more vocationally-oriented programs, especially as the number of criminology and criminal justice majors has been increasing.  This research brief compares the ways in which students’ perceptions and experiences differ among three types of majors and examines the potential benefits and challenges that various departmental arrangements pose.

  5. Recent Sociology Alumni: Would They Major Again?

    Choosing a college major usually comes down to the future careers options that are available in that field. Sociology is not typically associated with a direct career path, however, this research brief demonstrates that many sociology graduates are satisfied with what the major provides them post-graduation.

  6. Social Capital for Sociology Majors: Applied Activities and Peer Networks

    Building social capital through activities outside the classroom can help students find jobs after graduation. This research brief examines how sociology departments create opportunities for their majors to build social capital through activities such as internships and career fairs, and the level of participation amongst students. 

  7. Sociology Majors: Before Graduation in 2012

    Due in part to the recent recession, the 2012 cohort of senior sociology majors faced a tighter job market and increasing levels of debt. The findings presented in this brief compare the backgrounds, experiences, concepts and skills mastered, levels of satisfaction, and future plans and sources of job information of students at three types of institutions.

  8. IDEALISTS VS. CAREERISTS: Graduate School Choices of Sociology Majors

    The focus of this research brief is on those 2005 sociology gradates who continued on to graduate school directly after graduation. This brief explores how the sociology major is useful for graduate study in both applied programs as well as the liberal arts and sciences.

  9. Strong Ties, Weak Ties, or No Ties: What Helped Sociology Majors Find Career-Level Jobs?

    This research brief examines the use and effectiveness of social capital (including strong, weak, and impersonal or non-ties) in the pursuit of career-level jobs by recent sociology graduates.

  10. ASA Honors Program

    Deadline: Feburary 15
    2017 American Sociological Association Annual Meeting
    August 12–15, 2017

    The American Sociological Association seeks applications from exceptional undergraduate students who wish to be considered for the 2017 ASA Honors Program, which is highlighted at the ASA Annual Meeting.