Originally Posted by BP348
I know several people with a BA in Sociology. They have jobs in probations/parol, social work, child protective services, reporter, teacher, bureau of prisons, and police officer. I forget, One is currently in law school.
This is good to hear, do you know per chance what they majored/minored in and how they rated in their class (average, above average)?
Originally Posted by scientific
this quote should appear in econ 101 textbooks
Lol, well I was comparing helping the third world in dire need to helping a city/town that is already established and naturally civilized, I figured the former is a more demanding task.
Originally Posted by hendrix
xenox you should do software engineering. or engineering something. or biotechnology.
I appreciate the thought and my dad would sympathize, but I really want to be involved in something community based.
Originally Posted by Dewey
BA is not a highly spevialized degree; prob. 70 percent of the credits will be general education and assorted electives and unrelated reqs like foreign language. Bad idea to choose a BA major with notion that it significantly alters job prospects. Learn what you want to learn at school. Yes you might need an MA later but you would not nec. need BA in soc. to get MA in soc. if your work truly develops along the lines you predict now. BA is not a vo tech degree.NO jobs waiting for BA in Soc. ONLY. For most jobs req. a BA employers will not care what the major was. BA is BA, major is pretty irrevelant in most cases. If you are angling for certain career, in most cases your work experience is much more important than having the right major. Choose classes you want to take and sweat PT and internship jobs like they will mmake or break the young career.
Interesting, but wouldn't my success in getting internships depend on my education and thus my major? I mean if work experience was all that mattered then what distinction would employers make among interns in order to pick the right one?
Originally Posted by imschatz
Well .. if you want to do Social Work type stuff .. people with degrees in Social work will likely beat you out. If you want to do work in policy .. people with degrees in Economics or Political Science will likely beat you out. Also .. to have great career prospects with any of the social sciences .. pretty much need graduate training. At the BA level .. there is very little taught in terms of actual job skills. Really all you learn with any of the liberal arts degree's is how to do research, and how to write. Economics you'll learn a bit of math. Lots of very unemployed sociology majors. Wasn't that goof complaining about his unemployedness in the newspaper article on here a few months ago a sociology major? Here's a thread about a Poli-Sci major bitching about his unemployedness. http://www.styleforum.net/showthread...ght=unemployed
This is what I'm worried about; my subjects veer towards global justice, human rights and international policy, which seems very ambitiuous no doubt, but is exactly the area that I'm wishing to get to. I'm also going to be doing a philosophy minor which I think would help in terms of my ethical position and forming cogent arguments, particularly with poverty being a big area of applied ethics. I haven't looked to far ahead but I am interested in doing a postgrad in the future, potentially something in the vein of professional and applied ethics, though again this might be too ambitious, I think I would need to see where I end up with a BA first. Thanks everyone for the advice so far