Sociology and its counterparts (Political studies, Linguistics, History, Anthropology, Human Geography, Philosophy, Economics, Psychology, the Languages, Classics, Business, Religious studies) under the broader picture of arts, social sciences & humanities have been perceived as Soft College Majors, that which would not have been so much of a problem if it ended at the mere attribute of “soft”. After all, soft is merely an adjective and that never necessarily ascribes one to laziness or weakness. Soft truly works some of the time and hard truly fails at some of the time. Broad readers of world political-history won’t find it hard to relate to this in line with Mohandas Mahatma Gandhi‘s role in Indian Independence, Martin Luther King Junior‘s role in the Civil Rights Movement for black liberation in the 60s and finally, Nelson Mandela‘s long walk to freedom for himself and his country; South Africa. Some should be lost by now, that’s usual. But what these people had in common was the use of non-violence to get what they needed. Nonviolent Civil Disobedience was given an anti-radical and “SOFT” outlook [contrary to what some thought the people needed] at the time and that was disheartening for a lot of persons who needed liberation now! People thought, “for us to get them [political oppressors], you’ve got to hit them hard, attack violence with violence”. Declining the perceived “hard and right way” cost Mandela a lot, including the enviable relationship he once had with his wife; Winnie Mandela. Their methods of social activism in getting what they thought the black people (and the human race in entirety) were entitled to placed Martin and Malcolm X on different positions. But should the end not justify the means? It won them all liberation to some extent in the end. However, when some [usually many] use the term “soft college/university major” they tend to connote such disciplines with gross disrespect and inferiority. We cannot deny that if we want to, because this is not only evident in the various universities but has its beginnings of ever growing flawed tentacles from the needed bloom of basic educational institutions. That has been the trend for sometime if not all time. Just cast your mind back to the reactions given to two people; one great at social studies and the other good at the natural sciences, who was more poised to be respected much more than the other? Personal recollection regurgitates those times at the Pope John Senior High School & Minor Seminary where the best of furniture, infrastructure, services and treatments were showered upon those who read General Science. For those who dealt with the General and Visual Arts, I’ll leave that for one’s honesty. Was it not rather odd that a school like PJ usually tagged as the “business school” never showed signs of that to students reading Business? It brings shock to many when they realize someone like me who could write so much [on the controversies of religion, science, the big bang theory, evolutionary theory, god of the gaps et al] on the blog and social media, came from the social science fraternity. I’ve often had viewers of the blog going ahead to ask whether blog author was studying Biology or Physics, and often portrayed shock when they later realized such a prolific writer like myself read Sociology as a college major. The question should be; why were they mesmerized? Maybe, just maybe popular opinion had [and still does] restricted students who study the [social, political, psychological and economic] behavior of human species with a certain lifestyle, which may not be true in entirety just as my case often, portrays it to be. It isn’t that stereotypes are always lies, but just that they’re incomplete generalizations that tend to affect people who might not be in the category being stereotyped or better still, in the same category but with a behavior that contradicts the ascribed behavior tagged to the stereotyped category. In the end, human behavior crowns it all, natural sciences and technological experiments might be distorted if the operator is distorted in behavior and that’s exactly what many if not all social sciences dedicate their time and research upon. The Frederick P. Rose Director of the Hayden Planetarium, Cosmologist, Star Talk host, Author, Astrophysicist and Science Educator, Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson shocked millions when he tweeted “In science, when human behavior enters the equation, things go nonlinear. That’s why Physics is easy and Sociology is hard”.
Some Famous Sociology Major Holders
Dr. Kwame Nkrumah [First prime Minister and President of Ghana, great influence on Pan Africanism, Professor of Sociology and Culture of Africa at the University of Leiden], Kofi Abrefa Busia [Prime Minister of Ghana from 1969 to 1972, Author in the field of Sociology, first African to occupy a Chair at the University College of the Gold Coast, now the University of Ghana], Ronald Reagan [40th President of the USA from 1981 to 1989, Actor, Ended the Cold War], Rev. Martin Luther King [major role in the African-American Civil Rights Movement, Nobel Peace Prize in 1964, Grammy Hall of Fame in 2012, Time’s Person of the Year in 1963 and etc], Jesse Jackson [Politician, American Civil Rights Activist, Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2000], Michelle Obama [Writer, Lawyer, First Lady of the USA, ], Gabrielle Union [Actress, 2014’s NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Television Movie], Robin Williams [Stand-up Comedian, Actor, Director, Producer, Writer, Singer, Voice Artist and has won numerous awards from the Grammys, Academy, Golden Globe, MTV, People’s Choice etc], Dan Aykroyd [Actor, Comedian, Producer, Screenwriter and Musician], Deepika Padukone [Indian Film Actress with numerous awards in recent times], Nina Dobrev [Actress and Model, popularly known for her roles as Elena Gilbert and Katherine Pierce in American supernatural drama television series, the Vampire Diaries], Lillian E. Fishburne [first African-American female to hold the rank of Rear Admiral in the United States Navy], Alonzo Mourning [Retired professional basketball player, NBA Defensive Player of the Year Award in 1999 and 2000], Bryant Stithe [Basketball coach and retired professional player, won the bronze medal in the 1990 FIBA World Championship] and the many other people who could not be added.
Sleep is for the weak and these ones are definitely far from weak. Aren’t they? Many hinged, benefited [and still do] upon their thoughts and initiatives. The more we perceive such ones as weak, the greater the outlook of weakness for the larger picture of society because they arguably are strong members and pillars of the various societies they found themselves in. Life ends up being what you make it. When you conceptualize SOCIOSO as a sleeping hub, Sociology as a lazy man’s discipline, a man who always wants to lay low on cushions, you do so for yourself and work towards nothing but a bedman as a student from the Social Sciences fraternity, and that definitely has the tendency to create the conventionally lazy person we are more poised to wish not to be, but when you do so as a student outside this fraternity, it’s based upon nothing but the unfortunate flaw of prejudice. And guess what? Prejudice is Ignorance. Thus, the only similarity between SOCIOSO and Sleep is basically the “S“. When meanings change, it relies on a perversion of the one true purpose behind the origin and development of varying disciplines within our subjective attachments to an ever-expanding cosmos.
I had always looked down on sociology as this arriviste discipline. It didn’t have the noble history of English and history as a subject. But once I had a little exposure to it, I said, ‘Hey, here’s the key. Here’s the key to understanding life and all its forms.’
- Tom Wolfe
Below also lies some products from other Social Sciences faculties
Mitt Romney (English major), Michael Jordan (cultural geography), Jay Leno (Speech Therapy), Forest Whitaker (Opera Music), Arnold Schwarzenegger (Business and Int. Economics), Bill Cosby (Education), Brooke Shields (French literature), Chris Martin (Greek & Latin), Donald Trump (finance), Dwayne “the rock” Johnson (general studies), J K Rowling (French and classical studies), Jamie Foxx (music arts), John legend (English), Lionel Richie (economics), Paul Simon (English), Juanita Kidd Stout (music) [first African American woman elected to any judgeship in the United States], John Fitzgerald Kennedy (International studies) et al.
“People for justice is never too far.” – Ziggy Marley [We Are More_Ziggy Marley Album_2016]