Sociology Department of Social Sciences
...When I first entered Clayton State University I didn’t know exactly what I wanted to major in. After taking some classes in an unconventional program , I realized it was necessary to declare a traditional degree of study. So after considerable thought and research I knew my path was to choose sociology as a major since this field focused on societal issues. I wanted to become more knowledgeable on the theories of Comte, Marx, Martineau, Weber, Durkheim and other sociologists. As these lessons unfolded, I began to realize that I was becoming a social change agent…..
…In many sociology classes that I took I learned lessons that showed the detriment of discriminating against others and the detriment of prejudicial acts, along with the fact that some form of prejudice resides within everyone. However one of the best parts of these classes was learning that this new awareness had the capability of developing changed attitudes which would ultimately lead to better societies…..
…Having a degree and background in sociology will provide me with something very valuable -the means to enlighten the masses through my deeds and a willingness to treat mankind with dignity and respect. I believe that as human beings we all share the desire to be loved and to live in peace, freedom, fairness and equality…..
…Through this major I have gained a desire to want to teach little black girls that they are beautiful specimens with broad noses, natural hair, and varying shades of skin tone thereby debunking America’s ideal beauty myth. I will share with little black boys that they are brilliant and destined for leadership and that they will become strong providers creating stability within their families. I will teach the words of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. that “man should not be judged by his skin color but by his character”. I will continue to make differences within the black community and in other communities as well. I will impact others through my own experiences and knowledge gained through the sociology program at Clayton State University……
…Working in a sociological capacity will allow me to become an advocate of my principles to uplift and inspire others and to address those issues that face people daily simply because they are thought of as “different”. Change does not come instantly but takes place over time with a willingness to change within ourselves. If this is done we will see the influences of change in our lifetime. I am the face of change and will continue to challenge negative views and opinions, prejudice and discrimination, and replace these things with positivity……