I have taken college independence to a whole new level. I have been officially approved to pursue my self-created major in Visual Sociology! It was a long arduous process, and one that brought me lots of anxiety (team no sleep!) but it’s done and I feel so great. It’s an amazing feeling seeing all of my hard work come to fruition and to then be commended for my efforts.
As the major is totally my own, all of my required courses are those that I have explicitly chosen. They won’t be easy (I’m not a slacker!!) but they will most definitely be fun. I’ll be studying (Im)migration, Documentary Storytelling, pursuing my own independent project in Ireland, and will have the chance to be exhibited in my class’s senior art show!
What’s even better though? My advising committee is made up of an extremely skilled photographer and a past president of the International Visual Sociology Association. If I don’t graduate from Wheaton a more refined artist and skilled researcher/analyst it will be only my fault.
This news was definitely the best way to end my semester!
Here are some abridged quotes from my proposal:
This study will allow a more well-rounded artistic perspective while providing me with the foundation and theories necessary to incorporate this perspective into the interpretation of social and cultural development.
Interestingly, I have seen how my assignments for the multiple Sociology courses that I have taken have been infused with the aesthetic concerns that I have developed in the courses I have taken in the Arts department. This has given me a unique perspective and helped me to more critically investigate details that a purely social-scientific perspective would have missed.
I’d like to develop these relationships with this major. It is my intention to dually strengthen both crafts in relation to the other. I don’t want to ‘major’ in one discipline and ‘minor’ in another as that connotes that I will only foster my abilities in one area and have a working knowledge of the other.
Ultimately, my proposed capstone project will be a synthesis of all that I have learned both independently and with the aid of professors. I aim to produce a body of work with an artistic sensitivity that will accurately and provocatively capture people’s relationship to others and their environment. With the use of tactful photography and a selection of thoughtful narratives, I aim to tell a visual story that is technically and empirically accurate.
How did you end your semester?