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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

Come see HBO Film, The Normal Heart, September 15th 7:00pm in the Hendrix Theater


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.


The Sociology Department is co-sponsoring a screening of the HBO film The Normal Heart on September 15th in Hendrix Theater. The film starts at 7pm. The movie is about the early days of the AIDS crisis in New York City. Academy award nominee Mark Ruffalo, Matt Bomer, Taylor Kitsch, Emmy winner Jim Parsons and Academy Award winner Julia Roberts star in the film, which was directed by Emmy winner Ryan Murphy and written by Academy Award nominee Larry Kramer. The film won two Emmy awards this year. After the viewing, there will be a panel discussion.