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Sociology – Study of Society, Patterns of Social Relationships & Social Interaction

It can be assessed that the study of the society, not only gives one, an insight into the social groups, organizations, and societies and how people interact within these but also how power is generated, distributed, and practiced across the world. Sociology as a discipline helps one observe and challenge the familiar world and associated everyday practices that are normalized like- objectification of women by media, contempt against a particular religion, the preference for fair complexion, over-arching patriarchy, and the like, through a new window. It not only defines the rationale behind an individual’s actions like- reasons for suicide along with how the world works but gives opportunities to change it. As a student of Sociology, one must be poised to engage in fieldwork related to social inequalities like- poverty and present alternatives to ameliorate them. The discipline thus assists the individuals with both tangible and intangible skills.

Which colleges can I apply to?

There are legions of great colleges to choose from when it comes to an undergrad course in Sociology. With a wide scope of career prospects in various sectors like- Education, the Public sector, community work, and the like, Sociology remains a popular choice among students. If you are looking for universities in the UK popular choices like- the University of Cambridge, Manchester University, University of Warwick, University of Glasgow, London School of Economics, Oxford University, and the University of Lancaster may capture your interest. However, there are other great universities too for liberal arts studies in the UK, like- the University of Birmingham, King’s College London, University of Bath, University of Surrey, and University College London (UCL) that offer a wide range of academic opportunities.

In Canada, the University of Ottawa, Queen’s University, University of Toronto, McGill University, and the University of British Columbia present themselves as great options.

Outside UK and Canada, many universities in the USA like the University of California, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Princeton University, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Harvard University, University of Chicago, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have well-rounded programs.

Alternatively, Trinity College Dublin- Ireland, the University of Canterbury and Auckland University of Technology in New Zealand, Tilburg University and Leiden University College in the Netherlands, the National University of Singapore, the University of Antwerp the University of Stirling also attract many potential students. We can list at least a hundred other options for you but can’t, due to space constraints. Here’s your cue to Google it!

Which Subjects to take?

Sociology is an umbrella discipline and offers a wide array of programs to choose from. That is why it is pertinent to have clarity about what you are looking for. Sociology envelopes programs from various other disciplines like Economics, Law, Environment, politics, and the like, one of the many reasons it is popularly called the ‘crowning edifice’ of the sciences. Thereby, it is important to choose carefully from bountiful options like- Sociology, Media and Politics, Criminology and Sociology, Arts, Media, and Society, etc that it offers.

UCLA is deemed one of the prestigious universities in the world and offers interesting courses like- Sex from Biology to Gendered Society, Introduction to Mathematical Sociology, social data science, Environmental Sociology, Social Demography, Mind and Society, Sociology of Emotions, Sociology of Time, Death, suicide, and trauma, etc. The sociology department at the University of Sheffield provides single and dual honors courses. The single honors courses like- Digital media and society, Sociology with social policy, etc focus solely on developing expertise in a subject of interest. While the dual honors courses like- History and Sociology, Politics and Sociology help one discover how two disciplines fit together in the real world. The National University of Singapore is one of the most prestigious universities in the world and is famous for equipping students with core theoretical and methodological skills offers courses like- Making sense of Society, Social Thought and Social Theory, Practising Anthropology and Sociology, and is at a shorter distance with the home country.

 Thereby, with its interdisciplinary nature and wide academic potential, it allows one to understand all the dimensions of society while at the same time can confuse in choosing a definite path. It is, therefore, necessary for aspiring candidates to decide where they want to see themselves in the future, i.e to skim through the various courses and the associated career prospects before applying.

For someone interested in Policymaking, courses like Sociology with social policy(University of Sheffield), inequality, society and the self (The University of Queensland), etc can be good options. Similarly, a student with a penchant for gender studies may opt for Sex from Biology to Gendered Society (UCLA), Sex, Gender and Social Relationships (University of Queensland), etc. In a nutshell, it is important to set preferences according to the career prospects one finds interested in and then choose from the legions of courses that are offered.

Career Prospects  

With a major in Sociology, one learns about the intersectional aspects of society and the world like- caste, class, race, ethnicity, gender, disability, demography, morphology, inequality, and the relevance and the shortcomings of structures like- hierarchy and Power in everyday life. Thus, the subject has the scope to build up essential skills like critical thinking, problem-solving, statistical reasoning ability, and research skills, both qualitative and quantitative. Consequently, it doesn’t just shape one’s perspective of the world and give them a wider lens to look at things but also presents plentiful career prospects to choose from. A student with a major in sociology can work in sectors like- welfare, education, social research, and local and central government. With an undergraduate degree, you can work as a social research analyst, case manager, or research assistant in an NGO or non-profit organization. As a research assistant or analyst, you would be working along with the academic sociologists on social issues like labor rights, homelessness, juvenile crime, drugs, and suicide, and providing precise analysis to the appropriate government departments. You may get appointed as an Educator at National parks to assist the visitors, or at military schools, and prisons for counseling and education. However, many countries prefer their citizens or green-card holders, for government jobs.

It is important to assuage your skills and education qualification to broaden your career prospects like-with a graduation degree you can work as a college lecturer, or incorporate, non-profit, and government worlds as directors of research, policy analysts, and consultants.

As a sociologist with an undergraduate degree, you can also work with advertising, marketing, and consumer research sectors or with Environmental groups, or as a journalist. You can work as a Family Support worker wherein you would offer help and emotional support to the families experiencing short or long-term difficulties by collaborating with police and schools. There are other exciting careers too, crime scene investigation, policymaker, public relations and communication, urban planner, Human-rights officer, etc.

If you have an appetite for exploring the different dimensions of society and for revamping them, A major in Sociology is the check for you. So, go ahead and explore the suggested options and be the agent for the change you want to see in the world.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Passport to the World: A Snapshot View of College Education around the World

Its May! And even though traditionally December is the end of the year, for students May can often represent that end, especially since they have their eye on summer vacation around the corner. May 1st brings an end to the admissions cycle for US applicants who may their final decisions on colleges. Later in May, as Board results come out, other college decisions are made.

However, for other students, namely those starting their college journey, May is the beginning! Summer vacation brings holidays to fun places, catching up with school and working through reading lists. And so, as you explore higher-education opportunities around the world, we at CollegeCore decided to create a quick introduction to approaching college applications to colleges and universities around the world.

United States of America (USA): The idea of the American Dream isn’t a new one. Nor is the fact that US colleges and universities consistently rank amongst the best in the world. Which is why it isn’t surprising that the United States is probably the most popular destination for students venturing out of their home countries to study abroad. Most US institutions offer flexible programmes for all students, which help them find their interest before deciding on a major; this is particularly interesting to students coming from rigid curriculums like the majority of those offered in India. However, with 3000 incredible universities and an application process which is both involved and complicated, it is no wonder CollegeCore helps dozens of students through their applications every year! Whether its understanding the difference between Ivy-League and Public-Ivies, figuring out whether to ACT or SAT and wading through dozens of essays, the US application is a convoluted process with big rewards at the end of the journey.

Canada: Oh Canada! Now, more than ever, students applying to college in the US are also looking to Canada for more college and university options (especially considering the tenuous political climate and its impact on employment in the US). With incredible, world class universities to choose from, co-op programs which allow students to blend studying with valuable work experience and a more welcoming employment environment than the country to its south, Canada is an option we see more and more of our students choosing each year. And to great success! We have students attending all the top 10 universities in Canada with students making a clean sweep in their applications every year so consider Canada (though beware the cold weather that impacts the majority of universities). Like the US, Canada offers 4 year programs. However, co-op programs which includes work experience along with the academic course extends 4 year college to 5 year.

United Kingdom (UK): UK is a popular destination for students from India and why not! The UK and India may have had a difficult history fraught with conflict but there is immense familiarity in the education systems – three year programs, academically driven college decisions and education in English. But as is the case with most academic driven college decisions, competition is tough and so, we guide students as they apply to Oxford, Cambridge, Imperial, UCL and LSE, truly the best of the best universities. With only one application allowing you to apply to a maximum of five schools, every step of the application counts to secure the college of your dreams. The UCASApplication form allows you to apply to 5 programs. It could be 5 different universities or 5 different programs in 1 or more universities. Moreover, it is important to note that due to the Oxbridge system, students can only apply to Oxford OR Cambridge, not both. While UK is still understanding the impacts of Brexit, the education system has felt no big impacts.

Singapore (S’Pore): With its relatively affordable education and top-notch courses in computer science, applied science, law and economics, Singapore is an excellent destination for students who are academically inclined and ready to perform their best. Being geographically proximate to India also means getting the chance to study abroad without ever feeling too far from home. Its rigorous curriculum, world-recognized degrees and a Ministry of Education Tuition Subsidy (Scholarship) to ease the financial expenses, mean that Singapore attracts more and more students to every year. The Ministry of Education Tuition Subsidy requires the recipient to work in a Singapore-based company for three years after graduation but is an excellent opportunity. Moreover, Singapore list of top universities universities also include Yale-NUS, which is the Asia location for Yale’s excellent faculty allowing students to access incredible education closer to home. Yale-NUS has the same application needs as US universities so it is different from the other Singapore universities such as NUS and SMU which are focused on grades to make admissions decisions.

Hong Kong (HK): What is it that your mind conjures when you hear the words ‘Hong Kong’? If you are thinking about a city of skyscrapers, busy businesses and maybe Bruce Lee movies, then your guess is right. But Hong Kong is also one of the major hubs for education in Asia, giving Singapore stiff competition as an excellent place to study STEM courses and engineering. Students can make the most of these technical courses taught in English Language while successfully positioning themselves to get great jobs in its fast-paced economy. So whether its HKU, HKUST or City University of HK, Hong Kong is definitely becoming a strong study-abroad destination for students who are looking for the next hub in Asia.

Europe: For the longest period of time an education in Europe meant studying in the UK. And though the UK continues to be a strong favourite, stricter visa rules and the decreasing number of employment opportunities are resulting in students considering other choices. And for good reason! European colleges offer great education but they also offer the opportunity to experience cultural diversity. However, language of instruction is often in the local language so we encourage students to take that into consideration when applying. If you don’t know French or German reconsider the application or look for programs in English which are limited. So whether you want to study Hotel Management in Switzerland, Engineering in Germany or Political Science at Sciences Po France, explore Europe as more than just a vacation spot.

ApplicationsDurationStyleCost
USACommon App+
Individual
Apps
4 yearsLiberal
Arts – allows
flexibility
to study beyond
major
Approx.
35-45
lakhs
Canada Individual
Apps
4 years (5
with co-op)
Flexible but less
than USA
Approx.
35 lakhs
UKCommon App
(UCAS)
3 years (4
in a few)
Restricts classes
to major
Approx.
25-35 lakhs
EuropeIndividual
Apps
Depends on
major
Restricts classes
to major
Differs by
college &
degree
S’PoreIndividual
Apps
4 yearsRestricts classes
to major
Approx.
18-25 lakhs
HKIndividual
Apps
4 yearsRestricts classes
to major
Approx.
18-25 lakhs

With the myriad of opportunities out there, we encourage students to use their summer break to explore, bring thoughtfulness and clear direction to their application process, and seize those passports to explore the world!

CollegeCore works with students applying to a myriad of colleges around the world and has been doing so for well over 17 years. Reach out if we can help you seize your passport to the world.