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  1. Are Master’s Programs Closing? What Makes for Success in Staying Open?

    This research brief investigates whether Master’s programs in sociology are facing cancellations or closings, given cutback efforts at universities. Based on a survey of directors of graduate studies, this brief focuses on the characteristics of successful programs that are most likely to stay open. It also examines the differences in curriculum and activities between different types of Master’s programs, namely those that are considered professional or applied and those that are more traditional.

  2. What Can I Do with a Master's in Sociology? The Department as Context

    Sociology departments provided data about the characteristics of their master's programs in a 2009 survey conducted by the ASA research department. Results from that survey, including a comparison of 'traditional' versus 'applied' program characteristics, are presented in this brief.

  3. The Impact of Cross-Race Mentoring for “Ideal” and “Alternative” PhD Careers in Sociology

    This research brief examines minority career trajectories through a comparison of ASA Minority Fellowship Program fellows' characteristics with those of National Science Foundation Sociology Dissertation Improvement Awardees and a randomly selected control group.

  4. Beyond the Ivory Tower: Professionalism, Skills Match, and Job Satisfaction in Sociology

    This presentation focuses on sociologists employed outside of acdemia. Findings include: 1. sociology as a discipline might gain status (or at least more jobs) if there was more than one career model, and 2. characteristics of work outside the academy could be a model for solving real world problems in large-scale funded disciplinary teams.