sociology Vs psychologyWatch
I reckon sociology mint subject
Secondly, psychology and sociology are two pretty different fields. The only field of psychology that relates to sociology is social psychology and, even then, they provide two completely different points of view: social psychology focuses on the individual in the social context whereas sociology focuses mainly on society as a whole. They can both be really useful to each other, though, hence one cannot be better than the other, it's just a matter of perspectives.
There is a best. Subjects are differnt in terms of respect and usefulness. Psychology is better than sociology.
That said, I think it's always important to distinguish between fields of Psychology when comparing psych with other disciplines. It'd be rather stupid to compare sociology with neuropsychology in asking a X vs Y question.
I don't agree with what Kalen is saying.
Keep in mind that I'm a psychologist, hence not bashing my own subject, to me it'll always be the best!
However i do base my beliefs on the most subjective of all things - other students (and teachers) opinions. I think physc. is more respected than socio. and will generally lead to better career prospects.
However, in my view university should be about studying what you want to study.
Having said that, I could agree that it's easier to get a job with a BA/BSc in psychology (probably more with a BSc than a BA) than with a BA in sociology (is there a BSc?). I think that's probably due to the fact that it's not an "in depth" subject (I don't mean in depth in terms of number of modules/lectures/exams etc., I mean that it focuses on rather general stuff as society is indeed huge, thus the need for generalization) and therefore you might need a Masters to specialize in something. Then again, the great thing about psychology, imho, is that it's interdisciplinary, so one can get whatever they want out of it by picking their modules and in some cases the best of both worlds (social sc. and science) and that can be an advantage in the eye of the employers.
I had to decide between the two last year and ended up doing sociology. I'd like to do a psychology degree at some point, though.
Is that the only job sociologists do? Compile some data about poverty? Surely Economists would know more?
Basically, i took both at A-level and they're both great, interesting, hard but bearable subjects.. goodluck with whatever you choose!