Should I change my major from sociology to political science?
I chose sociology because I have an interest in learning about people and the problems we face in the world. I don’t know what I want to pursue career wise but I do know that I want to be able to change lives for the better. I recently have taken a liking to political science and I think it’s really interesting how the government works in different ways. I’ve also realized that their isn't a lot African American representation in politics and I would like to
see that change. I don’t find sociology that interesting anymore because I feel like it is common sense that is already applied to me but I could always choose political science as a minor. Any thoughts? #college-major #political-science #career-path #sociology.
Casting a thought to future employment opportunities, I would hazard a guess that a degree in Political Science probably opens up the same doors as a Sociology degree and more given the more specialised nature of the course.
Hi again! Congratulations on discovering the truth about Sociology - it is mostly common sense stuff! Now, what to do? I think Political Science would likely be the better of the two. As far as minors go, if you are going to get one, again, I encourage you to get it in something that will give you practical knowledge you can apply in your day to day work.In addition to business/accounting which we previously discussed, if you will be entering the political, or administrative law fields, think about the practicality of understanding things like: how the education system works; measuring pollutants; data analytics (or predictive analytics); which social justice programs actually work (reducing criminal recidivism rates; breaking the generational poverty cycle, etc).
I sense that you are going to be very motivated and successful! Keep your eyes, and options, open! Also, I want to encourage you to think about things in a way different than is often presented. I don't want to get too political here, but what I am trying to say is to think about how programs can be funded other than with additional taxes. Taxing should be the option of last resort, but, it is so much easier to pass a tax than to try to go out in the community and ask for money from businesses, alumni, etc. Our generation is already leaving your generation with a serious national debt.
Also, I don't know what year you are in, or if you have considered law school. If that is a possibility (not definite, but maybe. . . ) you need to consult with the pre-Law adviser and make sure to take classes that will help prepare you for law school.
Best of luck!
Making a Decision
(1) Evaluate personal interests and career aspirations. Students might ask, am I passionate about the intricacies of political policy and government or more interested in the large-scale interactions of people in society? Does my career aspiration directly involve government and politics or is it more concerned with understanding groups of people, organizations, and culture?
(2) Understand the scope of study. For example, take the issue of poverty. Political science majors might study the role of government in addressing poverty, public attitudes towards antipoverty policies, the crafting and passing of legislation aimed at alleviating poverty, or political participation among impoverished groups. Sociology majors would probably approach poverty from a broader perspective by examining the distribution of poverty, theories on the causes of poverty, or cultural responses to poverty.
(3) Consider supplementing your major. Sociology and political science complement each other nicely. Choosing to double major or minor in these disciplines can provide students with a more robust education and broaden their potential for future opportunity.