Skills you can gain from studying Sociology
University is about so much more than learning content or reading chapters in order to write an essay. Instead, it can help you to develop a range of skills which you can utilise throughout life. Today, I thought I’d write about the skills you can acquire and develop through studying Sociology. Firstly, I want to say that though this is in my opinion, it in no way means I’ve perfected them, and secondly, I do not mean to suggest that these skills are any better than those you might acquire in another discipline. Every subject gives you a unique set of skills and that’s great, just as everyone has different strengths.
1. Perspective – For me, one of the major things I’ve developed through studying Sociology is an interesting perspective on the world. It has challenged me to see social inequalities such as race, class, gender and disability in an academic way, yet one that it is also applicable to everyday life.
2. Communication – Sociology (along with other disciplines) allows you to develop your communication abilities, both verbal and written. Being able to confidently and clearly explain complex ideas is a really valuable skill.
3. Analysis – Sociology requires you (and helps you to develop) the ability to think critically about the material you engage with, question it, form an argument and not take things as they are without consideration. Developing your competency in seeing the multifaceted nature of a concept or argument also means that the opinions you hold or points you convey can be better established.
4. Subject knowledge – As it involves the study of society, Sociology provides you with the opportunity to study a wide range of subjects and see how these relate to one another. For example, you may wish to take media based modules alongside those about politics. Whilst specialist knowledge is also valuable, having a good grounding in an array of topics may also be an advantage. If you find that a particular topic captures your interest, the department currently offers a range of specialisms. (see ‘Specialisms’ tab).
I have also found the types of topics studied within Sociology to be very relevant to today’s world, which to me gives my degree subject even more valuable and exciting. I have also written a post on careers and employability related to Sociology, which you can find here.
I hope you find this post useful, and as always, if you have any questions or comments, please leave them in the comments below.