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DSOC Undergraduate Student Organization

Have a say in how your department works

If you'd like to be more involved in representing the interests of the DSOC undergraduate student body, consider participating in the DSOC undergraduate student organization. The current president is senior DSOC major, Amanda Sudilovsky, and she is seeking students who have an interest in building a community. Freshmen and sophomores are especially needed to sustain the organization.

Mentor Program

New to Cornell? Feeling a little uncertain or overwhelmed?

You will be connected with another seasoned student in the department who can assist with transition issues by answering questions, showing you around campus, helping you navigate Cornell processes, or just being a friend.

If you are a new incoming student and would like a mentor or are a DSOC major interested in becoming a mentor, please use this registration link.

Alpha Kappa Delta (AKD)

The International Honor Society of Sociology

Alpha Kappa Delta (AKD) is a non-secret, democratic, international society of scholars dedicated to the ideal of Athropon Katamannthanein Diakonesin or “to investigate humanity for the purpose of service.”

Invitations to join AKD are sent out each year in January to juniors and seniors with at least a 3.3 cumulative GPA and a 3.0 in their development sociology courses.

For more information: or the Undergraduate Program Coordinator.

Connect with Development Sociology Alumni

Both current students and alumni can create a profile on LinkedIn and connect with Allison Barrett who can then add you to the Development Sociology alumni group. If someone has a job that looks interesting to you, send them a message. You are also encouraged to start a conversation in the group's comments section. Let Allison know if there is an alum you'd like the department to invite to campus. Development Sociology hosts an alumni career panel once a year, and faculty sometimes invite alumni to participate in their classes.

Learn from Fellow Students 

Maybe you'd like to participate in an internship, find a leadership role, or conduct research, but you're not sure how to get started. It's helpful to see what other Development Sociology students and faculty are doing beyond the classroom, and you'll find lots of examples on the Development Sociology blog, Twitter page, or LinkedIn page. You're encouraged to get in touch with the students and faculty you see featured. The undergraduate program coordinator can help connect you if you'd like to set up a meeting with someone.