Undergraduate Edition 2019-2020

Department of Social Sciences

Mission Statement of the Department of Social Sciences is to prepare students for careers and professions in Criminal Justice, History, Homeland Security and Interdisciplinary Studies by providing training in theory, research, critical thinking, and combining local and global perspectives. The Department produces students with knowledge and skills critical for success in the emerging global information society of the 21st Century.

Goals of the Department of Social Sciences

  • to prepare students for graduate and professional schools;
  • to provide students the opportunities to develop skills in critical thinking, critical reading, writing, and analysis;
  • to provide students with learning experience through course work, internships, educational activities, discipline related technology, and community service.


Distance Education Programs

Elizabeth City State University (ECSU) provides options for students with associate degrees from North Carolina Community Colleges to earn the BS degree in Criminal Justice through distance education programming. ECSU offer these programs via video conferencing, online, and hybrid formats with future plans of incorporating on-site, face-to-face classes at partnering community colleges.

Statement on Plagiarism and Academic Dishonesty within the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences

All of the Academic Programs in the Department of Social Sciences require formal writing projects. Students are required to produce and submit their original work in all classes. Each of the Programs has developed a procedure to address plagiarism that compliments the University Policy on plagiarism.

DEFINITION: Plagiarism, or academic dishonesty, is the act of taking credit for work done by another. It includes the following actions:

  • "cutting and pasting" material found on the Internet, that is, taking chunks of content off of a Web page with citation;
  • using material prepared by others, such as papers and assignments, and handing them in as if they were the student's own;
  • taking direct quotations from any source - not just printed - without putting the words cited between quotation marks (" ") and providing citations; and rephrasing materials from another source and then failing to mention the source in a footnote/endnote and/or a "works cited" page.

Sources and included books, any content on a website, articles from magazines or journals, television or radio programming, oral interviews, lectures, written projects or any material illustrated on poster boards. In other words, if you use any content created by another, you must acknowledge the sources. Academic dishonesty also includes cheating on examinations, quizzes, or any in-class assignment. Cheating is defined by the instructor.