Sociology Department of Social Sciences
…I started off as a business major at Clayton State because I wanted to have my own clothing line but I decided to take a sociology course entitled “Marriage & The Family” because I also wanted to minor in sociology and I felt this class would add some excitement to the boring business classes I was taking. Reading on conflict theory, race, stratification and so many other social issues were things that I wanted to learn more about. I learned SO much that it was at this point I decided it was inevitable that I was really meant to major in sociology….
…I know that being in this major has helped develop my skills to think more critically and analytically about social issues. Courses that I have taken have taught me how to think critically about patriarchy, objectification of women and the feminization of poverty, which previously I had always thought that poverty was a man’s problem. The courses in the sociology major have helped me to realize that although I am a male, I identify as a feminist because I believe that women have rights that are being fringed upon by many patriarchal institutions. Women’s rights are also human rights….
…Choosing the major of sociology at Clayton State University has helped me to evolve into a better person and see things I could not see before. Learning about the field of urban sociology has led me into wanting to become a neighborhood planner and I know my training in sociology has been and will continue to be beneficial in helping me to meet this goal. I want to serve disadvantaged neighborhoods in urban areas so they can have a voice in what would be beneficial to their neighborhood community. I also want to serve as a leader to people in these urban areas to help improve their way of life, even if it involves just putting up a stop sign at a critical place in the neighborhood. These are some of the many factors that have caused me to choose sociology as my major and degree of choice….