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Are you interested in learning about our society, the social arrangements within which we live our lives, the diversity of marriages/families, law and criminal justice system, medicine, politics, economics, race, gender, and sexuality? Are you open to majoring in a field that would give you the freedom to explore multiple career paths?

As a sociology major, you will have the opportunity to choose from several concentrations: applied social research (emphasizes skills in collecting and analyzing social data for practical purposes); marriage and family (emphasizes diversity in marriages/families, functions/problems/changes in marriages/families); law and society (designed for students interested in the legal profession and the creation and application of law); and social diversity (emphasizes awareness and appreciation of social differences in society).

Sociologists study social change, diverse populations and their interactions, and use scientific methods to find answers to complex questions. Majoring in sociology can help you learn skills needed to succeed in the 21st century including but not limited to: critical thinking, analytic problem solving, communication, collaboration, multi-cultural and global understandings, innovation, creativity, and excellent written communication. More than any other discipline, sociology is a meeting place of the social sciences, combining its own ideas and methods with insights from other disciplines in examining the ways societies succeed and/or fail.

ECU Advantage

The sociology department takes pride in its advising system, which allows for personal attention to students, guiding each along the way to his/her ultimate career path. It also affords substantial access to faculty and administrators and flexibility in meeting individual, intellectual agendas. Sociology teaches skills employers want and demand in the 21st century.

Internship programs offer course credit for research within community organizations, city agencies, and research institutions, placing students in real communities dealing with real problems.

The Department of Sociology at ECU has a diverse faculty. It has particular strengths in research methods, economic sociology, migration, marriage and family, sociology of health, aging, sociological theory, social movements, sociology of sport, social psychology, cultural sociology, inequality, gender, and work.

Our sociology graduates go on to a variety of occupations, both professional and academic, including work in the criminal justice system, social service agencies, business, research, and non-profit organizations. Our graduates have also gone on to advanced study in sociology, marriage and family counseling, social work, psychology, medicine, and law.

What You Will Study

Program Coordinator: Melinda Kane (404-A Brewster Building; 252-737-2478; kanem@ecu.edu)

Sociology majors must earn a minimum grade of C (2.0) in SOCI 2110. Minimum degree requirement is 120 s.h. of credit as follows:

1. General education requirements - 40 s.h.

(For information about courses that carry general education credit see General Education Program.)

    2. Demonstrated foreign language proficiency through level 2004 - 12 s.h.

    (For information about the foreign language requirement see Special Requirements for the BA Degree and Placement Testing, Foreign Language.)

      3. Core - 15 s.h.
      • SOCI 2110 - Introduction to Sociology
      • SOCI 3213 - Methods of Research
      • SOCI 3216 - Introduction to Social Statistics
      • SOCI 4385 - Theoretical Perspectives and Applications
      • SOCI 4800 - Senior Seminar
      4. SOCI electives - 18 s.h.
        5. Minor and electives to complete requirements for graduation.
          For more information about this degree visit the university's academic catalogs.

          Careers With This Degree

          Graduates with this degree are successful in many fields and careers, including the following:

          • Sociology
          • Sociology Teachers, Postsecondary
          • Health and Human Services
          • Education and Training
          • Sociology

          Career Opportunities

          ECU has developed resources to help you learn more about career opportunities and job market outlook. In addition, the websites below provide specific information on careers in the various majors from which students may choose:

          NC Tower

          This website provides graphs and tables of in-depth information on employment rates, wages and ongoing higher education enrollment of graduates from the North Carolina Community College System and from the University of North Carolina system schools. NC Tower includes data on former UNC students who are working in roughly 90% of all jobs in North Carolina. This database excludes information for graduates who are:

          • Self-employed;
          • Work for the federal government, including the military: or
          • Work outside of North Carolina.

          US Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook

          This website also provides in-depth information regarding pay, projected new jobs, required education, growth rate and on-the-job training information on various occupations.

          Degree-specific internships

          For information on internship information for specific majors, go to the home page of the department in which the major is located and, as available, find the link to the information on internships in that major.

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