Would someone studying Communications, Sociology and Film be qualified to work in International Development? Would it be better for me to go a more traditional route by getting an education in International Studies instead?
I have more interest in spending my fours years learning about sociology, communications and film while volunteering with NGOs in Canada. However, would this put me at a significant disadvantage intellectually and experience wise?
I'm located in Canada. And the reason my disciplines are so wide spread is because I am interested in a variety of fields. I do not intend any one interest for another. I am looking for an education which will keep doors open to the variety of fields I have a passion for.
I will supplement my post secondary education with internships and volunteer work relating to each specific field of interest.
After doing a bit of thinking about your question, I have decided to address it in two parts. The first being your interest in Sociology, Film, and Communications. I have to say that you have could not have chosen to focus on three better fields. While on the surface they seem to not have any relation, at the ground-level are all based in the theories and practices of the humanities. So really, if you chose any type of degree in the field of humanities you will be able to angle that program towards your specific interests. With that said, what I would suggest, is that you find a program that offers you the option of customization. There area a number of these degree programs out there, specifically in interdisciplinary studies, liberal arts, or general studies. These degree programs will provide you with the opportunity to specifically design your course of study around your specific interests.
Now, as for the relation of Communications, Film, and Sociology to International Development, that is going to depend on the area of International Development you are interested in. The field of International Development is very broad, so there are a number of opportunities that are a avaliable. What I would suggest, is that you do a little research into the specific area you are interested in through contacting individuals in positions you are looking to movie into, and discuss with them which type of degree program would be the best option.
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