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.
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REPORTS THAT MAKE US THINK
We've all learned about the gender gap in pay in our Sociology courses. How many people think that couldn't possibly happen to them? Graduating to a Pay Gap: The Earnings of Women and Men One Year after College Graduation explores the earnings difference between female and male college graduates who are working full time one year after graduation. The report provides an "apples to apples" comparison by looking at the gender pay gap after controlling for various factors known to affect earnings, such as occupation, college major, and hours worked. It also examines one immediate effect of the pay gap on many women: high levels of student loan dubt burden. Graduating to a Pay Gap uses the latest nationally representative data available on women and men on year after college graduation.
If you know of a video, report or book that has made you think sociologically, send the link to Dr. Marieke Van Willigenand your contribution may be featured on this site. Include comments on what you thought was sociological about it or what it made you think about.