Undergraduate Writing Resources

With support from the Teagle Foundation and Spencer Foundation , the Sociology Department undertook an initiative in 2008 to improve undergraduate writing. The result of this effort is Writing for Sociology, a comprehensive writing guide targeted to students in sociology courses. Professor Kim Voss has served as the faculty advisor for the project, and a number of dedicated graduate students, in their capacity as Teagle/Spencer Fellows, have helped to produce the guide. Many other members of the department have shared their insights and teaching materials, and in compiling the guide Fellows also collected writing strategies and advice from writing experts and organizations across the country. You can find a list of contributors in the acknowledgements section of Writing for Sociology.

Based on feedback collected in 2010 and 2011, a large percentage of undergraduates reported that they have benefited from the guide, which is now in its second edition. So whether you’re a sociology major or taking a sociology course for the first time, a senior thesis student or enrolled in Sociology 1, we invite you to spend some time with it. We have also made some handy “tip” sheets and writing checklists available. Download and use them! Each is adapted from Writing for Sociology, and we encourage you to refer to the guide for more detailed information. Also be sure to check out the links to additional writing resources on and off campus.

We hope you find Writing for Sociology and the other resources on this page helpful. Good luck with your writing!