American Sociological Association

ASA Student Involvement

Students can become members of the ASA by joining online or emailing a paper application request to Membership runs on a calendar year only-from January 1 to December 31. Membership dues are not prorated for renewals or applications received after January 1.


Jump Start Your Career in Sociology with ASA Membership Benefits

There are several ways in which undergraduate and graduate students can jump start their careers by becoming involved with the American Sociological Association (ASA). ASA offers many opportunities to students, such as networking, meeting leaders in the field, gaining access to up to date research and publications. Your student membership provides you with the following benefits:  

  • Free access to the ASA online Job Bank. View hundreds of listings for open positions posted by universities and organizations.
  • Save up to 75% on journals. ASA sells its journals to members at below-cost for students!  
  • Save up to 50% on ASA publications.  
  • Save up to 40% on registration fees at ASA's Annual Meeting.  
  • Free participation in the ASA Employment Fair during the ASA Annual Meeting. 
  • Save on car rentals with Hertz and Alamo.  
  • Save on group insurance (for catastrophe major medical, dental, term life, etc.) with Mercer Consumer.  
  • ASA members receive a 20% discount on SAGE books.

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Advance Your Career:

  • ASA Sections. ASA's 53 special-interest sections include medical sociology, social psychology, racial and ethnicity minorities, and sex and gender. Sections provide information through newsletters, web sites, listservs, and sessions at the ASA Annual Meeting. They provide great opportunities to network, meet leaders in the field, learn about current section research, as well as learn about grant opportunities, book announcements, job openings, and other pertinent information.
  • Call for Papers. ASA provides individuals an opportunity to present their research at a national level at ASA's Annual Meeting. The annual Call for Papers alerts members of this opportunity.  
  • ASA's Annual Meeting. Here is an opportunity to meet leaders in the field, learn more about sociology and cutting-edge research at our sessions and seminars, meet potential employers/employees at the Employment Fair, and receive peer recognition for your research by presenting a paper or poster.  
  • Publications. ASA's hundreds of publications provide information about curriculum development, department management, teaching techniques, careers in sociology, handling the job market, sociology departments, etc.  
  • JSTOR. Only members of ASA have access to JSTOR, which is a database of ASA's journals from the inaugural year to the last volume published up to five years ago. Here is another opportunity to increase your knowledge and research resources with access to these journals.

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The Honors Program:

The Honors Program provides undergraduate sociology students a rich introduction to the professional life of the discipline. Exceptional sociology students from throughout the country and the world come together for four days and experience all facets of the ASA annual meetings. By participating in the Honors Program, students develop long-lasting networks with other aspiring sociologists while their sponsoring departments have a chance to "showcase" their own quality programs and their most outstanding students.

Participation in the ASA Honors Program is possible through a competitive application process each year. See the Honors Program webpage for information on application deadline, fee, and decision date.

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The Minority Fellowship Program

Through its Minority Fellowship Program (MFP), the American Sociological Association (ASA) supports the development and training of sociologists of color in any sub-area of sociology. Funded by a generous contributions from various aligned associations and member donations, MFP seeks to attract talented doctoral students to ensure a diverse and highly trained workforce is available to assume leadership roles in research. For more information, call (202) 383-9005, or e-mail

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