Undergraduate Student Resources

Majoring in Sociology

Thinking About Majoring in Sociology?
Find out what kinds of marketable job skills sociology majors gain and where recent graduates are 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)
Great ideas for starting a Sociology Club on your campus.

ASA Style Guide
The ASA Style Guide is 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
Download this 2-page document summarizes reference formatting from the ASA Style Guide, 4th edition.

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.

Educational and Professional Development

Booklet: 21st Century Careers with an Undergraduate Degree in Sociology, Second Edition
This booklet is designed to help undergraduates understand the skills that today's employers are seeking, and the ways a sociology major helps build those skills.

Careers in Sociology
A compilation of resources on jobs and careers for undergraduates, graduate students, faculty, and in public and applied sociology.

Connecting the Sociology Major to Employment for Undergraduates
In this webinar the panelists present data regarding the relationship between bachelor's level sociological skills and the skills employers are seeking in entry level hires today. They will also discuss concrete suggestions and examples of ways that departments and professors can empower students with the ability to convey how their knowledge and skills can be a valuable asset for future employers.

ASA Honors Program
The Honors Program provides undergraduate sociology students a rich introduction to the professional life of the discipline. Exceptional sociology students from around the country and the world come together for four days to experience all facets of the ASA Annual Meetings.

Student Membership
The identity shift from student to sociologist is an integral part of students' professional development. To assist in this process, the ASA collaborates with departments to help students join ASA for the first time.  

Student Forum
The ASA Student Forum provides resources for graduate and undergraduate sociology students, helps develop networks among student members, and facilitates student participation in the ASA by encouraging professional development and service. Individuals who join the American Sociological Association as student members automatically become members of the Student Forum, receive all mailings and electronic communications, and have access to Student Forum programming.

Thinking about Graduate School?
Information to help you prepare.

Guide to Graduate DepartmentsPublished by the ASA annually since 1965 and a best seller for the ASA for many years, the Guide provides comprehensive information for academic administrators, advisors, faculty, students, and anyone seeking information on social science departments in the U.S., Canada, and abroad.