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Department: Sociology

Program Type: Education and Liberal Arts

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Sociology is an exciting field that explains important matters in our lives, communities, and the world. It examines human society and the complex relationships in an increasingly global, interconnected, and complex world. At the personal level, it investigates the social causes and consequences of numerous concepts, including race and gender identity, conflict in a family, aging, and even romantic love. 

ECC students may choose from various sociology classes and even participate in independent projects in undergraduate research, which provide students with opportunities for hands-on research, innovation, and creative exploration with mentorship from faculty members, allowing students to delve into topics of interest and develop valuable research skills that can benefit them in various career paths.

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Why Study Sociology in College?

Studying sociology offers numerous benefits, including helping you understand human behavior, develop critical thinking skills, and enhance your ability to address societal challenges through your work or community activities. Plus, a sociology degree opens doors to diverse career opportunities in fields such as social work, research, education, and public policy. 

Interested in Sociology?

The knowledge and critical thinking skills obtained in sociology are valuable in various professional settings and employment fields such as teaching, higher education, social services, the law, marketing, and business. Browse the ECC Career Coach Website for relevant data on wages, employment, and education needed for a career in sociology or another field.

What distinguishes ECC's Sociology Program from others?

ECC's Sociology Program stands out for its focus on career exploration and in-depth sociological discussions. Covering diverse topics like human sexuality, capital punishment, and cross-cultural communication, the program creates an inclusive learning environment where student voices are valued and real-world experiences shape the educational journey.

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