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Department of Sociology

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"The fascination of Sociology lies in the fact that it makes us see in a new light the very world in which we have lived all our lives."  
Peter Berger, Invitation to Sociology

Welcome back students! Fall semester courses begin Tuesday, August 26th.


The Sociology Department was thrilled to celebrate our largest ever graduating class on Friday May 9th! It was standing room only in the Brody Auditorium as almost 500 guests, students, and faculty celebrated this important event.  Laughter, cheers, and tears punctuated the ceremony as each student was recognized for their accomplishments individually.

For every individual who has ever heard the question “What can you do with a Sociology degree?, our students’ future plans provide a thorough representation of the diverse fields and opportunities for which Sociology students are prepared. We have students persueing their masters, going to law school, the military, interning at Disney World and even training for the 2016 Olympics. These students are prepared to make a significant difference in the world!


Ever wondered why we do the things we do or how they came to be? Sociology is the study of society. It examines people, cultures, families, social and political institutions, organizations, relationships and the processes and dynamics that make up up these things and the world in which we live in. It helps us to understand systems of social differentiation and inequality, including gender, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, and age, to name a few.

The Sociology Department at ECU is committed to helping its students develop the skills and knowledge required to apply the "sociological imagination" to both their professional and personal lives. From the undergraduate curriculum to the graduate level, department faculty actively engage students, fostering a sound comprehension of sociology and the role it plays in today's world. Our alumni are employed in a variety of occupations ranging from research, education and social services to law and medicine.

Follow the links above to find out more about what a Sociology degree can help you achieve and for further information about our degree programs, faculty and staff.