Benefits of a sociology minor and a psychology major?
You can't do anything in the Psychology field without a Doctorate (Phd) degree. Any minor is pretty much useless relative to finding work, as you only take a few (2 or 3) classes in the subject matter. And then when you factor in the sociology is pretty much useless anyway......
What will be the best optional subject out of philosophy, psychology, sociology, Sanskrit and Political science and international relations for UPSC IAS? I am interested in all the subjects listed above.
The selection of Optional subject for UPSC is very crucial task as it is the DECIDING FACTOR of your destiny.I generally suggest that one should choose optional on the basis of THREE things:Educational backgroundAvailability of good Guidance and Study MaterialPersonal Interest.So, considering above factors, I think we could eliminate Sanskrit. Even if you managed with Study material and guidance, Mains preparation demands ANSWER WRITING (A lot) and evaluation from Experienced faculty which according to me LACKS here.Sociology : Subject is interesting but lacks Concrete material for paper-2.If you are planning to come Delhi then think of Political science and Psychology.Now Philosophy-Though syllabus is short but it has certain depth. If you have good presentation and expression skills then think of it.subject doesn’t require any educational backgroundGuidance and material is available (Average)- you need extra effort to consolidate notes and read multiple sources. Hence, requires time.But from last 2 years, candidates scoring less marks and even some of them shifting to other optionals.So in short, big no to Sanskrit and rest depends on your interest and educational background. Every optional has its own pros and cons. I am just trying to put whole picture in front of you.Choose it wisely!Thank you!
What's the difference between philosophy, psychology, and sociology? How would you explain it to a 5-year-old?
Philosophy is about people thinking about life. It's fun at times.It's a lot of thinking about what the world is and what is the meaning of the world.Psychology is understanding how our brains work. It uses a lot of science to understand how the brain thinking works.Sociology understanding how people of groups and different clusters behave an act. Like a teacher trying to understand how a class of 5 year olds act, that is trying to understand their sociology.Sociology has a lot of things to do with stuff around you and how you behave around stuff. But it's very different from Psychology!
How can you differentiate between philosophy and psychology?
Philosophy cares about sound reasoning. In philosophy before you make any claims you must learn how to reason, and how the "shape" of an argument makes it worth considering, or not, etc. You mostly argue about things you cannot test experimentally, but the training is supposed to keep you from going too far off track into absurdity. Philosophers pretty much argue with each other, and build off each others' ideas. However, they all tend to know how to do it right. In academic philosophy personal attacks are not going to be taken seriously. It's all about the worth of the idea.Going a little bit off topic because people have said that the study of the mind falls under psychology: there's actually something called philosophy of mind that argues about how we could possibly think, whether or not our minds and our brains are one and the same, etc. It's pretty cool because a lot of philosophers have offered up colorful thought experiments to illustrate their theories. Look up the "Chinese Nation" experiment as an example.Psychology developed from a mass of different social attitudes and trends (e.g., poststructuralism), and has a lot of conjecture and badly designed (sometimes unethical) studies in its past. By its nature it cannot be rigorous, especially in clinical settings, because you often have a single professional making judgment calls. While he or she may be very educated and sharp, there will be bias and other limitations.I hope that soon we will be able to rely more and more on neuroscience and brain imaging to study what we refer to as the human mind.Disclaimer: My answer is biased.
Psychology Major What Minor should I go for?
Women's studies may be a good minor. It doesn't have a particularly good reputation at my school, but you should ask students at your school about it and graduates who minored in Women's studies. Every school offers different minors, so I'm not sure what minor to advise. Rehabilitation is something to consider doing at a hospital or clinic or non-profit. Rehabilitation is usually helping people with physical or mental disabilities get back to work or begin their first or new career. It often includes counseling and "recreational" activities. Children and teens often are clients of rehabilitation programs. Often there are some very sad cases. If your school offers Camp Adventure, you should work for Camp Adventure atleast one semester or summer. You get college credit and it looks good on your resume. Camp Adventure has centers in multiple states and abroad. They work with children who have parents in the military. Perhaps you should also work at a summer camp. If you are good with languages, you should minor in a foreign language. Spanish has the most demand for interpretors. Medical and educational settings are in the most need of interpretors. I am not very good at Spanish and don't really like children, so I decided to minor in biology. I intend on eventually getting a doctorate in neurology. I assume that you only want to get a B.A. I almost forgot, battered women's shelters and child abuse agencies would love to hire people with Psychology major/Women's studies minor. Family science might be just as good or better though.
Between a philosophy, political science, and sociology, which would be the more practical degree?
Sociology allows you to cross over into statistics and marketing. So, without any other prior knowledge of you, this would be my pick.However, the question is really what you want to do with your life and which degree would help you best to achieve it.My sister has a degree in macroeconomics, which would, in theory, give her good job prospects in a bank. She always hated having to work in a bank, but when she had a newborn, she thought it would be a good way to support the family. Guess what. At every interview, and she didn’t get many in the first place, they sniffed her out within minutes and never gave her an offer.I had a PhD student, who had majored in philosophy and sociology and political science, just like you. He specialized in Digitization and is now gainfully employed in a think-tank, loving his job.The trick about choosing a major that offers you a prosperous career is not about choosing the major with the best median income. You have to correct for where you will be in that bracket. The top 10% Egyptologists earn more than the bottom 10% Economics majors.Where you end up in the bracket isn’t just about grades. It is about motivation, interest, network and special achievements. Are you politically active? Choose political science. Are you nuts for the mechanics of predicting voter behavior? Find a professor who shares your passion and go with whatever she does. Do you like writing? Branch out to journalism.Good luck!
What is a good minor to go with a Philosophy major?
That depends. Why does philosophy interest you? Personally, I did an unofficial math and physics concentration (we didn't have official minors at my school my school's philosophy program has no officially recognized concentrations). I didn't do that to apply to law school, though of course it did show up in my college transcript when I did eventually apply to law school and it is listed on my resume now that I'm a lawyer. But I did it out of interest. I couldn't do the math associated with Quantum Mechanics II or Intermediate Mechanics, but the part of physics that interested me was really more philosophical, so I studied it without focusing on the math, just the theories, and how they applied to various areas of philosophy that interested me. If you want something useful for law school, a technical background will be helpful. If you want to go into patent law, or at least to have that be possible, there are course requirements in math and science you have to meet before you're even allowed to sit for the patent bar test. (Biology is especially highly valued, but engineering and chemistry are also quite useful.) Computer science is another area where lawyers can be quite helpful. If you want to go into law-making, political science, history, sociology, and related fields can be very helpful. If you want to go into business law, then economics (which is always useful) or business programs are great. Statistics and mathematics can also be very helpful. Anything involving writing or public speaking will also be a great help Really, there isn't a field of study that can't be helpful to a lawyer. It all depends on what you want to do with your law degree. Basically, my advice is to ask yourself "why do I want to study philosophy" and "why do I want to be a lawyer". Then pick a course of study that fits within that. Keep in mind, most people change their minds at least once before they graduate and changing your mind after graduation is also extremely common. Don't close off any doors. Don't study something just because it looks good for some long term goal that you may not always have. Study something that interests you so that if your goals change, what you have studied will probably also be helpful for a new goal because what interests you won't change as much as your career plans.
What College Minor fits me? (Psychology Major)?
Well, I am happy to learn that you do know that majoring in Psychology will require an Advanced Degree in order to become an actual Psychologist. You would be surprised at the number of people that are shocked to learn they need a PhD or PsyD. Even those that have graduated with a Bachelor Degree are dumbfounded afterward! Anyway, back to your question. Do you know what Client Population you would want to work with? If you want to work with Children, a minor in Child and Family Studies could be good. If you want to work with the Elderly, a minor in Gerontology could be good. However, those won't really lead to any good job prospects while waiting to get your PhD. So, maybe try a Double major in Social Work and Psychology, because that will open the doors to places like Child Protective Services, Family and Youth Counseling Centers, etc. If you don't want to Double Major, look at getting a minor in Human Services or Community Psychology. This will give you enough background to work as any of the following: Mental Health Aide, Behavioral Health Aide, Day Treatment Facilitator, Basic Skills Specialist, Psychosocial Rehabilitative Specialist, and Direct Care Provider for the Developmentally Disabled.