Many people who attend college may have taken a sociology class at some point. Some people may make a major out of it, and some people may take it to fill a distribution. But I would like to argue that a sociology should be a requirement. Any sociology class could open the eyes of a person to the current issues in our world. Sociology is the study of the development, structure and function of human society and also the social issues that are presented in that society. There are many reasons why people should take a sociology class, and I’m going to list them.
1. It is more than a distribution filler.
Sociology classes are so much more than a distribution filler. They should be a requirement. Many college students continue their careers in field where interactions with other people is very important. Taking a sociology class would help ease these interactions, and close the gaps between socially constructed barriers.
2. You learn terms like 'social construct.'
Taking a sociology class introduces you to the jargon of the professional world. For anyone who is wondering, a social construct is an idea that was invented by our society as either a means of division or of classification. By taking the class, you get to learn about these theories and ideas that your professor has been studying for years.
3. It is truly an eye-opener for the unaware.
For someone who is very stuck in their ways and certain ideas, sociology may make you feel uncomfortable or angry. Especially for those who are privileged members of our society. Often the people who are charge or given high social status, either because of their race, class, gender, sexuality, do not like it when they are told that they are a part of the social issues we have today. But it is these people specifically that need to take the class the most, because they need to be aware of the ripples they make in our society.
4. Because some things need to be discussed.
Honestly, we as Americans tend to avoid the topics that are hard to think about conceptually. But it needs to be done! Humans tend to be very set in their way. They don't like to be questioned and made to feel shame, but that is the hard part. The first step. The second step is listening and communication. Which, guess what, sociology teaches you how to do.
5. With the right professor, sociology can be great and exciting.
I know, in my own personal experience, that taking a sociology classes has been one of the best education experiences in college. I knew about some of the social issues and problems that we are faced with today, but I finally learned how it became that way and a way that we could help solve those problems. My sociology professor is absolutely amazing, and I would take another class with her any day.