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- Working while studying
- The study environment at CBS
- Time management and workload
- Academic content of the programme
- Going on exchange
- Teaching style and exams
CBS has a reputation for being an excellent institution of higher education within business, so that definitely drew me to the university. However, I chose this particular degree because rather than just focusing purely on business administration, I wanted to incorporate social science into it and understand the interrelationship between society, politics, and different organisations. I felt that BSc. SOC would give me an in-depth knowledge into these issues, but still be broad enough for my options within career choices and further education thereafter to be plentiful.
Another deciding factor was that the degree was conducted in English – my mother-tongue.
BSc. SOC is a great programme in that we as students are taught by professors who really are experts within their field. The level of analysis that is expected from you from the beginning, is academically very high. The degree itself has been structured in such a way that you really have a edge once you graduate, as you have a traditional background in business administration combined with an analytical outlook on societal mechanisms. In addition to this, you receive rigorous training within methodology and are basically trained to be a social scientist; this is a huge advantage when pursuing further education, and methodological competencies are sought after when applying for a job.
Lastly, the degree is project-oriented, where you get to work with fellow students on large projects, preparing you for the job market.
I would say that BSc. SOC is especially challenging for three reasons:
– There is a lot of reading for each lecture, and I would even go as far as saying that a very large part of the degree is self-study. You definitely get out of your education what you put into it. No one is there to spoon-feed you throughout it, and you need to be disciplined enough to get the large amount of reading done at home, and balance this with your student job/volunteer work.
– The readings themselves are a lot of the time original texts by old sociologists, which can be challenging for even someone with English as their mother-tongue. It is definitely an adjustment to get used to, as is writing at an academically higher level than highschool.
– Lastly, the degree is highly interdisciplinary, meaning that individual courses, semesters, and the three years, build on each other in such a way that is highly interlinked. You really need to have an overall grip on each course to be able to make connections across courses, and build onto them semesters later. It can also be quite frustrating to understand how everything fits together, but that is also the beauty of the programme – it is very well thought out by the founders.
Before applying, really study the individual programmes and read in detail what courses entail, and what your options are for internship/exchange and in the future. It’s such a bummer to start a degree and realize that it was completely different than you thought it would be.
Join the social events that are planned for you. This is your chance to meet the students you will be studying with for the next three years. Especially in some of the larger programmes it may be difficult to get to know people afterwards.
Don’t be frustrated if you feel like you’re not “getting” some course material. Chances are many of the other students feel the same way. Instead of struggling with a long text that makes no sense, look to other resources to help you. Eg. Study groups, YouTube videos, online summaries etc.