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Deciding to Double-Major

Posted by Hedy Gerace on May 10, 2017 1:51:31 PM
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When I came to Lycoming, I never dreamed of double-majoring. Even as a freshman, I had a clear idea of what I wanted to do: dedicate my college experience to my Creative Writing major so that I can go on to write books. As I took more classes, I played around with the idea of a few minors like history, literature, and art, but none of them really stuck. For the most part, I was focused on creative writing— until I found the Sociology major.


Sociology is the scientific study of society, social institutions, and human relationships. Sociologists usually study aspects of race, class, gender, and sexuality to answer questions about social inequality. For example, a sociologist interested in gender may ask, “Why are men more likely to commit crimes of domestic violence than women?”


I was first exposed to sociology when I took my First Year Seminar, People and Pups. The class centered around the relationship between people and animals over the course of time. What I liked most about the class was that through looking at the history of this subject, we learned about concepts that helped us better understand our society today. As I looked more into the sociology classes offered at Lycoming, I found that all of them were designed in a way that teaches students how to better understand the world and its people.


When I enrolled in the introductory course, I told myself that sociology would be my minor, but my love of the subject continued to grow until I knew I wanted to major in it. As it turns out, I have just as much passion for understanding society (especially issues of inequality) as I do for writing.


At first glance, creative writing and sociology don’t appear to go together. While one uses imagination to tell stories, the other focuses on topics and issues that are very real; and as for double-majoring in creative writing and sociology, none of the classes overlap, which makes it a bit of a tight squeeze when it comes to scheduling.


However, I believe my majors go together perfectly. I can’t think of a better way to get the most out of my college experience than to major in two things I’m passionate about. Besides, the best writing always seeks to tell some truth, and so does sociology. As I write, I often consider the things I’ve learned in my sociology classes, because the better I understand people—especially those different from me— the better my writing will be.


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