About

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 including one of those listed below - 40 s.h.

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

  • COMM 2410 - Public Speaking or
  • PHIL 1180 - Introduction to Critical Reasoning or
  • PHIL 2275 - Professional Ethics
2. Common core - 33 s.h.
  • SOCI 2110 - Introduction to Sociology
  • SOCI 2111 - Modern Social Problems
  • SOCI 3213 - Methods of Research
  • SOCI 3216 - Introduction to Social Statistics
  • SOCI 4385 - Theoretical Perspectives and Applications
  • SOCI 4800 - Senior Seminar
  • Choose 15 s.h. of SOCI electives (at least 9 s.h. must be above the 1999 level)
3. Minor or concentration area - at least 18 s.h.

Students may elect to take a minor in another discipline or one of the four areas of concentration listed below. The minor or area of concentration is to be a program of study appropriate for applied sociology and the long-term objectives of the student. A course cannot simultaneously count for the area of concentration and for the required sociology courses.

    Applied Social Research (18 s.h.)
    • SOCI 4200 - Advanced Techniques in Quantitative Sociology
    • SOCI 4201 - Advanced Techniques in Applied Research
    • Choose one from:
      • SOCI 3215 - Introduction to Qualitative Sociology
      • SOCI 4202 - Special Topics in Applied Social Research
      • SOCI 4950 - Practicum in Sociology
      Choose 9 s.h., including at least two disciplines other than sociology from:
      • ANTH 3050 - Ethnographic Field Methods
      • COMM 2030 - Communication Research
      • COMM 3110 - Persuasion Theories
      • COMM 3180 - Intercultural Communication
      • ECON 2113 - Principles of Microeconomics
      • ECON 2133 - Principles of Macroeconomics
      • GEOG 2003 - Geography of the Global Economy
      • GEOG 3430 - Geographic Information Systems I
      • MKTG 3832 - Marketing Management
      • MKTG 4662 - Marketing Research
      • MKTG 4732 - Consumer Behavior
      • PLAN 3021 - Introduction to Planning Techniques
      • PLAN 3022 - History and Theory of Planning
      • POLS 3242 - Municipal Policy and Administration
      • POLS 3252 - Public Administration
      • POLS 3253 - Government Fiscal Administration
      • POLS 3255 - Domestic Public Policy
      • PSYC 3241 - Personnel and Industrial Psychology
      • SOCI 3235 - Population Trends and Problems
      • SOCI 3410 - Introduction to Maritime Sociology
      • SOCI 5500 - Seminar in Population
    Law and Society (18 s.h.)
    • SOCI 4320 - Sociology of Law or
    • SOCI 4322 - Law and Social Change
    • Choose 15 s.h., including at least two disciplines other than sociology from:
      • ECON 3030 - Antitrust and Regulation
      • FINA 2244 - Legal Environment of Business
      • JUST 1000 - Introduction to Criminal Justice
      • JUST 3500 - Principles of Criminal Law
      • PHIL 1175 - Introduction to Ethics
      • PHIL 1180 - Introduction to Critical Reasoning
      • PHIL 1500 - Introduction to Logic
      • PHIL 2275 - Professional Ethics
      • PHIL 2282 - Philosophy of Law
      • POLS 3204 - The American Judiciary
      • POLS 3223 - Constitutional Powers
      • POLS 3224 - Civil Liberties
      • POLS 3252 - Public Administration
      • space
      • SOCI 4320 - Sociology of Law or
      • SOCI 4322 - Law and Social Change
      • space
      • SOCI 4330 - Criminology
      • SOCI 4950 - Practicum in Sociology
      • SOCI 5300 - Seminar in Juvenile Delinquency
    Marriage and Family (18 s.h.)
    • SOCI 4325 - Marriage and the Family
    • Choose 15 s.h. including at least two disciplines other than sociology from:
      • ANTH 3200 - Women's Roles in Cross-Cultural Perspective
      • HDFS 2000 - Child Development I: Prenatal Through Early Childhood
      • HDFS 3002 - Child in the Family
      • HDFS 4303 - Families and Cultural Diversity
      • HDFS 4313 - Trends and Issues in Family Studies
      • COMM 4130 - Conflict and Communication
      • COMM 4135 - Gender and Communication
      • GERO 2400 - Introduction to Gerontology
      • HIST 3140 - Women in American History
      • PSYC 2201 - Psychology of Childhood
      • PSYC 3206 - Developmental Psychology
      • SOCI 1025 - Courtship and Marriage
      • SOCI 3235 - Population Trends and Problems
      • SOCI 3325 - Sociology of Human Sexuality
      • SOCI 4327 - Gender and Adolescence
      • SOCI 4950 - Practicum in Sociology
      • SOCI 5335 - Sociology of Marriage Problems
      • SOCI 5400 - Seminar in Gender Roles
      • SOCI 5600 - Seminar in Aging
      • SOCI 5800 - Seminar in the Family
      • SOCW 2400 - Introduction to Gerontology
      • SOCW 4501 - Crisis Intervention
    Social Diversity (18 s.h.)
      Choose 6 s.h. from:
      • SOCI 3400 - Introduction to Gender and Society
      • SOCI 4345 - Racial and Cultural Minorities
      • SOCI 4347 - Social Inequality
      Choose 3 s.h. from:
      • SOCI 3100 - Sociology of Aging
      • SOCI 3325 - Sociology of Human Sexuality
      • SOCI 4341 - Sociology of Religion
      Choose 9 s.h. electives, including at least two disciplines other than sociology from the following.

      Any of the six courses listed above under social diversity that are not used to fulfill those hours may be used as electives.

      • ANTH 3002 - Cultures of East Asia
      • ANTH 3003 - Cultures of Africa
      • ANTH 3004 - Cultures of the South Pacific
      • ANTH 3005 - North American Indians
      • ANTH 3016 - Cultures of the Caribbean
      • ANTH 3017 - Cultures of Mexico and Guatemala
      • ANTH 3018 - Cultures of South and Central America
      • ANTH 3200 - Women's Roles in Cross-Cultural Perspective
      • ETHN 2002 - Introduction to Ethnic Studies: Social Science
      • GEOG 4320 - Gender, Economy, and Development
      • GERO 2400 - Introduction to Gerontology
      • GERO 5400 - Seminar in Aging Studies
      • INTL 1000 - Introduction to International Studies
      • INTL 2003 - Introduction to Chinese Culture
      • INTL 2004 - Introduction to Japanese Culture
      • POLS 3039 - Black Politics in America
      • POLS 3040 - Women in Politics
      • POLS 3041 - Women and Public Policy
      • PSYC 2777 - Ethnocultural Psychology
      • PSYC 4335 - Psychology of Women
      • SOCI 1010 - Race, Gender, Class
      • SOCI 3326 - LGBT Identity, Society, and Politics
      • SOCI 3500 - Economy and Society
      • SOCI 3600 - Power and Politics in Society
      • SOCI 5100 - Seminar in Social Inequality and Diversity
      • SOCI 5400 - Seminar in Gender Roles
      • GENS 2400 - Introduction to Gender Studies
4. Cognates - 9 s.h.
  • ENGL 3810 - Advanced Composition or
  • ENGL 3820 - Scientific Writing or
  • ENGL 3880 - Writing for Business and Industry

  • LDSP 1000 - Introduction to Leadership Studies
  • MIS 2223 - Introduction to Computers
5. 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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