The American Sociological Association (ASA), founded in 1905, is a non-profit membership association dedicated to advancing sociology as a scientific discipline and profession serving the public good. ASA members include sociologists who are faculty members at colleges and universities, researchers, practitioners, and students. About 20 percent of the members work in government, business, or non-profit organizations.

As the national organization for sociologists, the American Sociological Association, through its Executive Office, is well-positioned to provide a unique set of services to its members and to promote the vitality, visibility, and diversity of the discipline. Working at the national and international levels, the Association aims to articulate policy and implement programs likely to have the broadest possible impact for sociology now and in the future.

American Sociological Association Honors Program

The American Sociological Association’s Honors Program provides undergraduate sociology students a rich introduction to the professional life of the discipline. Student applicants submit a research paper of their own writing and, if selected, present the paper at the American Sociological Association’s Annual Meeting.  The exceptional sociology students selected 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.  

In 2014, Wake Forest sociology major, Christina Mayse, was selected for this competitive program. Read about her experiences and consider applying for the program yourself!