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September 23, 2019AFTER A SOCIOLOGY DEGREE I: PURSUING FURTHER EDUCATIONEducation After a Sociology DegreePursuing Further Education-Going to a graduate school (in sociology or some other discipline) -Going to a professional school (ex: teacher’s college or law school)What is Needed when Pursuing Further Education-EDUCATIONoYou are going to have to prove to graduate or professional schools that you do have appropriate credentials; will be very interested in your grades (will request transcript) oVery competitive to get into post-grad – therefore, need high grades to have the best possible chance of being considered and getting in -SKILLS AND PERSONAL ATTRIBUTESoGoing to have to prove to these schools that you have desirable skills and personal attributes – but how?Proven through letters of recommendation from professors; professors are asked to:Indicate how long they have known you and in what capacity they have known youEvaluate you in relation to skills and personal attributes Need at least 2-3 letters of recommendation from professors Research on Educational Choices of American BA Sociology GraduatesThe Research-Spalter-Roth & Vooren, “Idealist vs. Careerists: Graduate School Choices of Sociology Majors”Methodology-Study was done by the Research and Development Department of the American Sociological Association (ASA)-2 waves of data collection:oFIRST WAVE (2005)Survey questionnaire was given to a representative sample of American students in their 4thand final year of a BA degree in Sociology 2 questions that were asked:Ask students about their experiences with their education in sociology
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Ask students about their plans for seeking employment or pursuing further education oSECOND WAVE (2007)Follow-up survey questionnaire – designed to determine what the students had been doing since graduation The FindingsTHE DECISION TO MAJOR IN SOCIOLOGY-In the first wave of the study, the researchers asked the participants why they went into sociology in the first place-Their findings present that the most frequent reason given by the students was that theyenjoyed their first course in the subject of sociology -Second most frequent reason was that they thought sociology would prepare them to change society or understand their own place in society oThe researchers referred to the students who gave this response as “idealists”-Third reason, they thought sociology would prepare them for graduate school or professional school oReferred to these students as “careerists”SEEKING EMPOYMENT VS. PURSUING FURTHER EDUCATION-First wave of study (plans following graduating):o42% were going to seek employmento22% were going to pursue further educationo27% said they were going to do both (work and study)o9% were going to do neither -Second wave of study:o60% were holding jobso13% were in graduate or professional schoolo22% were doing both o5% were doing neither-BASIC CONCLUSIONS FROM FINDINGS:o
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