My interest in socio-
logy was aroused when I took a class called Outsiders in America during high school; I was fascinated by the way that sociology pierces the surface of everyday events, and examines their root causes and numerous effects.
Sociology appealed to me because it was the perfect convergence of theory and potential praxis: while much of sociology is analysis, it also provides valuable tools for solving some of society's more serious ills. While earning my major, I was also able to take courses in anthropology and social work.
Additionally, if I wanted to become a professor of religious studies, I must have a strong background in the social sciences. Religion is often perceived to be an otherworldly phenomenon, but culture impacts the practice of every world religion.
SOCI-100: Introduction to Sociology
SOCI-395: White Collar Crime
ANTH-140: Peoples of the World
SOCI-499: Teaching Assistant for Families SOCI-210
SOWK-380: Women and Health
SOCI-331: Methods of Social Research
ANTH-330: Children and Culture
ANTH-323: Peoples of Africa
ANTH-102: Archaeology and Prehistory (taken at UMass Amherst)
SOWK-340: Poverty and Social Welfare
SOCI-337: Aging and the Life Course
"Life History Analysis"
I interviewed my grandfather for this paper, taking down his life history, and connecting it back to data about about family life in class. It was very cool to see how an individual's life reflected broad social trends.
From Methods of Social Research:
"We Have Much to Fear Other Than Fear Itself: Anxiety and Coping Mechanisms in Women with BRCA Mutations"
I examed the variables that affected the anxiety levels of women with BRCA mutations (a genetic condition that confers a very high risk of breast and ovarian cancer), and what coping mechanisms they used to deal with their anxiety.