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.
Sociology and anthropology constitute an important part of the undergraduate education for those pursuing careers in law, health professions, or business and for engineers and scientists concerned with environmental and ecological 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.
The Department of Sociology and Anthropology in the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences atWest Virginia University will launch a PhD in Sociology, accepting our first cohort of students in Fall 2016.
This program builds on the strengths of the department, incorporating three unique areas of specialization – crime, community, and culture. The program will be linked to the Research Center on Violence at WVU, offering studentsa unique opportunity to become involved with grant processes and research grounded in state policies.