Welcome to the Department of Sociology and Anthropology web page.  It is a very exciting time to be in our department, our college and WVU.  Our department is welcoming FIVE faculty this year – look at the pages of Katie Corcoran, Mandy Sanchez, Chris Scheitle, Kirsten Song and Victoria Velding to learn more about our new colleagues.  We also graduated seven master’s students in May and are welcoming eight new graduate students this fall.  Some of these students will continue their studies in our nascent doctoral program, which will officially launch in Fall of 2016.  The Research Center on Violence continues to grow and will be starting its first funded research project – a survey of WVU students about sexual assault.  Our curriculum committees are moving forward in separating our sociology-anthropology joint major (with tracks) into two distinct majors.  The faculty continue to publish new research, teach new courses and travel to professional conferences – touting our successes nationally and internationally.

All of these changes are occurring as the College searches for a new Dean and President Gee continues to move toward higher enrollments at WVU.  Please do contact us ( if you have questions or feedback – or if you are not receiving our biannual newsletter and would like too. For highlights of faculty and student accomplishments please see the News and Events Portal.

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Sociology and anthropology courses constitute an important part of a liberal education.  They foster an awareness of the structure of human societies and of the social processes that operate in all groups, organizations, and institutions.  The student is exposed to the methods of inquiry and to the special knowledge and insights of sociology and anthropology.  Courses in the department also are intended to facilitate the application of sociological and anthropological principles to a wide range of contemporary social problems.

 Majors in sociology and anthropology often find employment doing applied research with government agencies, assisting in community development and planning, or using knowledge of social organization and social process in a variety of settings within the United States or abroad.  Majors are well-equipped for graduate training in the social sciences in pursuit of academic or applied research careers.