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As a Sociology major at ECU, you will study social life and social change in a variety of settings. Sociologists explore the structure of groups organizations, and societies, and people's interactions in these contexts. The subject matter of Sociology includes, but is not limited to, families, work settings, sports, the law and criminal justice system, medicine, economics, politics, and the dimensions of race, gender, sexuality, social class, and aging.

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B.A. Degree

If you wish to develop a broad liberal arts perspective on social interaction, groups, and the consequences for individuals, then the Bachelor of Arts in Sociology degree at ECU is designed for you.

The insights and skills of Sociology are applicable to every job setting and to all of the major problems we encounter.

The theoretical perspectives and the skills of social research are eminently useful in our diverse, data-driven, contemporary world.

Sociology Major Requirements

SOCI 2110 Introduction to Sociology (3 s.h.)

Nature, concepts, and principles of sociology. Society, culture, socialization, groups, institutions, and organizations, class system, social change, and social process.

SOCI 3213 Methods of Research (3 s.h.) 

Research methods and techniques employed in sociology and behavioral sciences.  

SOCI 3216 Introduction to Social Statistics (3 s.h.) 

Skills necessary to evaluate and interpret quantitative analyses frequently found in technical sociological reports.

SOCI 4385 Theoretical Perspectives and Applications (3 s.h.)

History and nature of sociological theory reviewed and applied to selected social problems and social issues.

SOCI 4800 Senior Seminar (3 s.h.)

Integration of sociological knowledge and analysis of meaning of current sociological issues to develop sociological perspectives and better understand career choices.

18 s.h. Sociology elective courses. (At least 12 s.h. above 1999 level)

Checksheets are available to help you organize your course choices. All students must complete the Foundations Curriculum Checksheet. B.A. students must complete the B.A. Checksheet and a minor checksheet, which must be tailored to the requirements of your specific minor. Information about full degree requirements and minors as well as descriptions of courses are available in the ECU Undergraduate Catalog.

If you would like further information regarding the B.A. program, please e-mail Undergraduate Sociology .

B.S. Degree

The curriculum emphasizes the development of oral and written communication skills, critical reasoning, and computer applications, all of which are necessary for successful career development.

In addition to fulfilling the requirements of the major, you will choose either a minor from another department or one of the following career path concentrations:

Applied Social Research:

This concentration emphasizes skills in collecting and analyzing social data, including related computer applications. It is recommended for students interested in social policy analysis, program evaluation, institutional research, social environmental assessment, health research, and market research.

Social Diversity:

This concentration emphasizes awareness and appreciation of social differences including class, race and ethnicity, gender, age, religion, and sexual orientation. These characteristics are investigated in both American society and cultures around the world. It is recommended for students interested in social inequality, intergroup relations and conflict, and programs and policies addressing these issues.

Marriage and Family:

This concentration focuses on the analysis of social trends, issues, and challenges involving families. Students interested in working with programs that serve the needs of children, adolescents, couples, families, and the elderly should pursue this concentration.

Law and Society:

This concentration is designed for students who are interested in the legal profession and the creation and application of law. Students preparing for law school or for careers involving knowledge of the law and the criminal justice system are encouraged to pursue this area of study.

Sociology Major Requirements

SOCI 2110 Introduction to Sociology (3 s.h.)

Nature, concepts, and principles of sociology. Society, culture, socialization, groups, institutions, and organizations, class system, social change, and social process.

SOCI 2111 Modern Social Problems

Nature, extent, causes and consequences of social problems in America today. Methods of limiting and solving these problems.

SOCI 3213 Methods of Research (3 s.h.)

Research methods and techniques employed in sociology and behavioral sciences.  

SOCI 3216 Introduction to Social Statistics (3 s.h.) 

Skills necessary to evaluate and interpret quantitative analyses frequently found in technical sociological reports.

SOCI 4385 Theoretical Perspectives and Applications (3 s.h.)

History and nature of sociological theory reviewed and applied to selected social problems and social issues.

SOCI 4800 Senior Seminar (3 s.h.)

Integration of sociological knowledge and analysis of meaning of current sociological issues to develop sociological perspectives and better understand career choices.

15 s.h. Sociology elective courses. (At least 9 s.h. above 1999 level)
Checksheets are available to help you organize your course choices. All students must complete the Foundations Curriculum Checksheet. B.S. students must complete the B.S. Checksheet and a concentration or a minor checksheet. Minor checksheets must be tailored to the requirements of your specific minor. Information about minors as well as descriptions of courses are available in the ECU Undergraduate Catalog.

If you would like further information regarding the B.S. Program, please e-mail Undergraduate Sociology .

Sociology Minor

The Sociology minor can be combined with virtually any major the University offers. The minor exposes students to core concepts in Sociology but also allows enormous flexibility in choosing additional Sociology coursework so that the student may design the minor around their own interests. For example, in addition to other options, Business Administration students might choose to take SOCI 3500 (Economy and Society); Psychology majors might choose SOCI 3234 (The Individual in Society) and/or SOCI 3325 (Sociology of Human Sexuality); Criminal Justice majors might choose to take SOCI 3220 (Sociology of Deviant Behavior) and/or SOCI 4330 (Criminology); students who are Premed, in Allied Health professions, or Nursing might choose to take SOCI 3100 (Sociology of Aging) and/or SOCI 3327 (Introductory Medical Sociology).

If you would like further information regarding the Sociology minor, please e-mail Dr. Mamadi Corra.

Required Courses 6 s. h.

SOCI 2110 Introduction to Sociology

SOCI 4385 Theoretical Perspectives and Applications

Sociology electives 12 s. h. (at least 6 s. h. must be above the 1999 level)

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