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  1. The Health of Sociology: Statistical Fact Sheets, 2007

    This factbook serves as a statistical compendium addressing subjects such as the impact of sociological journals, labor force participation for sociologists, and degrees in sociology, among other topics.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. Paying Attention to the Master’s Degree in Sociology

    An ASA taskforce was appointed to find out ways that sociology departments can strengthen their master's programs as the number of degrees awarded declined by about 13 percent by 2006. This research brief looks at characteristics of master's students, including their reasons for pursuing this degree, what they learned and how satisfied they were with their programs, and how they paid for their education.

  5. Race and Ethnicity in the Sociology Pipeline

    This research brief presents data on enrollments of people of color in sociology programs, including in master's and doctoral programs, as well as postdoctoral placement and presence among academic faculty in sociology.

  6. From Programs to Careers: Continuing to Pay Attention to the Master’s Degree in Sociology

    This data brief presents survey results from the ASA-appointed task force on the Master's degree in sociology. In addition to the student survey, graduate directors of 224 sociology programs were surveyed in AY 2006/07 about the characteristics of their master's programs. Discussed in this brief are the different characteristics of 'applied' and 'traditional' master's programs as well as the types of work recent master's graduates were engaged in.

  7. 2017 Guide to Graduate Departments of Sociology

    A best seller for many years, this invaluable reference has been published by the ASA since 1965 and provides comprehensive information for academic administrators, advisers, faculty, students, and a host of others seeking information on social science departments in the U.S., Canada, and abroad.