I hope that every new student coming to Warwick to study Sociology is able to enjoy the degree as much as I have! Many people have described Sociology as a hobby as well as an academic subject, and I completely agree. You live it. By the end of your degree in Sociology, you’ll notice that you’re observant to your surroundings, in trying to explain the behaviours of others. Academically, the degree can be challenging at times, however, it’s amazing to study topics that you encounter in everyday life.
Having done modules focusing on gender inequality, health and medicine, as well as family functioning and parenting styles, I can assure you that you‘ll be able to see everyday life with a total different perspective. I believe that a degree in Sociology will not only allow you to evolve academically, but you’ll also grow as a person.
- Elena Mylona, BA Sociology and Quantitative Methods (2018)
My first term at Warwick has been filled with exciting lectures, meeting new people, and adjusting to living on campus.
Making the step to university can be daunting, but Warwick has an excellent support system to help whenever you need it. As a disabled student, I communicate with disability services often. They are very friendly and offer a wide range of support for a variety of disabilities and conditions.
It’s normal to feel overwhelmed in your first term, but reaching out for support always helps. The University has a counselling service who offer non-judgemental support to anyone, and have helped me to overcome my anxieties and I am quickly settling in. Students play a key role at Warwick and are at the heart of the University.
A lot of effort goes into making sure that everyone is valued here, and I have been struck by the sense of community. I’m not the most sociable person, but I have never felt alone for long, as there is always someone to help me. For me, it’s difficult not to focus on studying, (I’d be lying if I said the work was easy!), but it’s this, combined with the diverse and friendly atmosphere, that has made my first term so enjoyable.
My first term has been very fulfilling, and I would definitely encourage you to make the most of the amazing opportunities that the Warwick community provides.
- Ellie Craddock, BA Sociology (2020)
I chose to study Sociology because I truly value the discipline and what it stands for. Sociology attempts to give a voice to minority groups, shed light on inequality and find effective alternatives to social problems. I specifically chose Warwick as I wanted to specialise my Sociology degree and the Warwick Sociology department is filled with interesting and inspiring academics.
In my second year, I was Vice President of Warwick Hitch Society, an organisation that encourages students to hitch-hike either to Morocco or Croatia to raise money for Education in Africa. The role taught me about the importance of planning and logistics and it developed my love of Europe and hitch-hiking. I have now moved to a European country and hitch-hiked in 10 different countries.
During my time at Warwick, I engaged in the Erasmus programme and spent a year studying Sociology and Social Policy at Charles University in Prague. I made lifelong friends from all over the world, I visited countries I never thought I would visit and I studied at a world famous institution. I attribute this year to being the best year of my life.
I graduated in July and started interning at KYNE in May before being offered a permanent position in June. KYNE is a health communications consultancy specialising in developing campaigns for a range of public health, pharmaceutical and NGO clients. My current job title is an Assistant Account Executive and I relocated to Dublin to take this role. Our work involves developing campaigns, for example, a behaviour change campaign that encourages parents in Nigeria to get their children vaccinated, through the use of football as a platform.
Sociology provides us with an ability to critically assess the world we live it, to articulate our perceptions and act in a way that we think most appropriate for ourselves and others. I’m proud to be a Warwick graduate, but I’m more proud to be a Sociology graduate.
- Faith Thompson
BA Sociology with specialism in Research Methods (2017)
Intercalated year abroad at Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic
The advise I would give to prospective students is to not stress yourself out too much! As you enter Warwick, you’ll see plenty of choices and opportunities including societies, careers, modules/specialism choices, and much more. This can be overwhelming as to which decisions to make. Initially, my friends and I were so caught up on how our decisions determine our future; we were way too cautious on which choices to make, whether that’s to do with modules, societies, and the people that one associates with.
However, looking back, I don’t know why I was getting so worried because the best approach is to go for the opportunities offered to you and to enjoy your first year. Various opportunities are endlessly available, every year here - before you find it out yourself, it’ll be presented to you!
- Anastasiia Zhigunova, BA Sociology with specialism in Technologies and Markets (2019)
Intercalated year abroad at Hokkaido University, Japan
In the midst of questions and excitement, I chose to study BA Politics and Sociology at Warwick, due to the two departments’ renowned title of excellence in academia as well as student experience.
The study of both Politics and Sociology are truly complementary. For me, studying topical themes in PAIS, such as ‘Justice, Democracy and Citizenship’, have brought fresh perspectives on politics and how they matter, to when we put political theory to work on pressing real-world issues. These modules have assisted me with the understanding of Sociology modules, such as ‘Class and Capitalism in a Neoliberal World’, where we explored the social consequences of the current neoliberal, democratic world, and why these changes might be responsible for the urban unrest and dissatisfaction in society. That, alongside seminars with fruitful discussions and debates with students from two departments, and from multi-national and cultural backgrounds are what had made my studies at Warwick so rich and alive.
Not to mention student life at Warwick! It is highly dynamic and offers incredible opportunities to try new activities. Warwick is a bubble of work, research, societies, and crazy nights-out where you’re surrounded by exciting, open-minded and multi-cultured people. The opportunities offered by Warwick will surprise you!
- Heejin Yoon, BA Politics and Sociology (2018)
When making my choice, I didn’t know what to expect from Sociology and didn’t know anything about Warwick. I didn’t have Sociology at high school so didn’t know what it could be like in higher education. I knew I wanted to go to a good university, so I looked at different league tables of social sciences and applied to the top universities. I got really positive feedback about Warwick from former students so I decided to make it my first choice.
The Sociology department has an extremely friendly and ready-to-help approach that I personally benefitted from. Any time I asked for advice or feedback or a one-to-one consultation, I received it.
I really enjoyed extra curricular talks and I was really grateful for the opportunity to go and see field-related films for free. Many talks, film sreenings, events and discussions were led by more than one faculty and allowed for the real-world, interdisciplinary understanding set into wider context. I also had a chance to attend events that were not hosted by Sociology, and get to know more about the topics that I otherwise wouldn’t have had a chance to learn.
I found a job 3 months after graduation working as a Research Assistant intern in the Raspberry Pi Foundation. I contribute to the company’s research by trying to find out how to teach computing to primary and secondary school. Although I am just an intern, I am working independently on some of the company’s research projects. I got the job based on my ability to design and independently conduct qualitative and quantitative research; the skill I developed during my course and a URSS summer research project. My internship will end at the beginning of April, after which I plan to apply for a permanent position in the same area.
- Lucia Flóriánová
BA Sociology (2017)