American Sociological Association

Undergraduate Student Resources

Thinking about majoring in sociology?

The ASA has many different resources to help you decide if sociology is the best path for you. Find out what skills employers look for and the marketable job skills sociology majors gain and where recent graduates are working in.

Navigating the Sociology Major
Sociologists Stephen Sweet and James Rothenberg discuss topics such as strategic course selection, the value of research and internships, careers, graduate school, and much more in their document helping students navigate the major.

Sociology Club Guide
Are you starting a Sociology Club? Use this guide to help you start a successful 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.

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.

Education and Professional Development

21st Century Careers with an Undergraduate Degree in Sociology
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. The second edition of the 21st Century Careers booklet was published in 2015 and features profiles of individuals with a BA in sociology and how they use sociology in their daily work.

What Are You Going to Do With That? A Workshop for Undergraduate Sociology Students
Transitioning to post-college life can be challenging. In this webinar from February 2020, undergraduate sociology students will learn (1) how to make the most of your undergraduate experience; (2) how to translate your sociological training into the kinds of skills that employers are looking for; and (3) how to figure out if graduate school is right for you. Whether you are new to sociology, ready to graduate, or somewhere in between, Dr. Kerry Greer will share field-tested advice and resources to help you navigate the transition to post-college life.

Building a Career with a Bachelor's Degree in Sociology
In this webinar from February 2017, two young professionals who majored in sociology will share how a degree in sociology shaped their career paths and how sociological principles are employed in their positions on a daily basis. Their comments and advice to sociology students will be supplemented by Dr. Teresa Ciabattari, Associate Professor of Sociology at Pacific Lutheran University who will be presenting data on the kinds of skills that employers are looking for and how sociology majors are using their skills in the workplace. She will also discuss how sociology programs can support the career readiness of their students.

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 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.

Student Sociologist
A bi-monthly newsletter written for students by members of the Student Forum Advisory Board.

Guide to Graduate Departments of Sociology
Published by the ASA annually since 1965 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.

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.

Alpha Kappa Delta (AKD) 
The International Sociology Honor Society, AKD's purpose is to seek to acknowledge and promote excellence in the scholarship in the study of sociology, the research of social problems, and such other social and intellectual activities as will lead to improvement in the human condition. 

ASA Journals
ASA publishes nine journals and one magazine. The newest journal, Socius, is an online open-access journal produced in time to be relevant to ongoing research and public debates.

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