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So after lots of thinking and talking to people and looking at OSU's web page, I'm thinking about a political science major and a sociology minor. I'm not sure if it's something I'd enjoy, but it sounds more interesting than anything else so far. If anybody else has taken classes or gotten their degree in poli sci or sociology, let me know and I'll have to chat with you. :)


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Jan. 12th, 2004 05:20 pm (UTC)
I was a sociology and women's studies undergrad major at umich, feel free to pick my brain. I earned an area of specialization certificate in social welfare and social systems, I mostly studied gender and race issues more than the political stuff though.
Jan. 12th, 2004 05:28 pm (UTC)
How did I know you were going to respond? :P I figured that since you want to get into social work you probably took sociology. Were the classes interesting? I'm not particularly into the whole gender issues thing, but some of the other sociology classes OSU has sound really interesting - like urban and rural sociology, and the differences between people who live in different places... Oregon is a really good example of big differences between urban and rural people, and that's interesting to me, looking at the way each group votes for example...

Anyway, is there anything I should know, as someone who has absolutely no background in sociology?
Jan. 12th, 2004 05:35 pm (UTC)
I took a soc class in something called environmental justice, crosslisted with natural resources, which basically consists of people who are interested in why people end up where they are in the environment. white flight out of detroit is a quick example, or the coincidence that many poor areas of towns are set up around landfills or other unhealthy places. a sidenote.

of course I found the classes interesting, I bet I'm biased though. :) a lot of people I took classes with thought they were crap, you sort of gain a sociological mindset and it all depends on whether or not you buy into the fact that everything everything everything is socially constructed. some people are resistant to forms of that.

umich is notoriously liberal and marxist as well, I'm not sure how the programs would compare.

I'm not sure if any of this is helping. there's nothing I would really think you should know, I still have tons of my old materials if you wanted to look at them... I think I still have a few beginning texts too. you're more than welcome to borrow and thumb through. I'd imagine that even if you wanted to focus on the political/urban planning stuff you'd still have to get through intros to everything else.
Jan. 12th, 2004 05:43 pm (UTC)
It does help, thank you! Most of the stuff that you're talking about sounds pretty interesting to me - I've always been interested in aspects of sociology, like why people do certain things and are who they are. I may take you up on the texts sometime, once I start getting a better handhold on what I'm going to do.
Jan. 12th, 2004 05:51 pm (UTC)
not a problem! these places might help toox:

blog_sociology (okay I just think its interesting)
urbanmajors (slow and more urban planning related)
Jan. 12th, 2004 05:57 pm (UTC)
Wow! Now I know who to go to when I don't feel like doing homework! :D Thanks!
Jan. 12th, 2004 06:10 pm (UTC)
hahaha my mad skillzzzz are rarely put to good use these days, anytime ;)
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