pioneer22

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Hey guys, Im building my schedule, and was wondering if I could get alot of feedback on how important it is to take an intro sociology course for the new MCAT? Thanks
 

theonlytycrane

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Not really vital- it's all self-studyable. But it can help if you want some formal exposure before self-studying I guess.
 
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happyducky

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You definitely do not need to take sociology to do well on the new MCAT. I took 2 introductory and 2 upper level sociology courses during my undergrad (it was my favorite subject) but I didn't think it gave me an advantage at all. I recommend just buying the socio subject book from Kaplan. They have all the necessary info that will be tested on the MCAT.
 
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Many sociology topics are also found in social psychology, such as the bystander effect, so if you have thoroughly reviewed psychology then you should be able to gloss over the AAMC list and look at Kahn Academy for whatever you need.
 

Eleithyia

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Agree with the above. Definitely not necessary to take a course unless you're interested in it for other reasons. Self-studying is really doable for this section... just don't get lulled into a false sense of security!

Psychology has methods and studies that look a lot more familiar to most pre-meds than the ones sociology uses. Since the psych/soc section is leaning toward questions based on excerpts of studies, it might be helpful to get at least a little experience interpreting findings from sociological research.
 

MareNostrummm

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All you need for sociology is covered in the khan academy videos (there aren't that many).