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Quick Facts

Undergraduate Students

For the 2014-15 academic year, 120 students were enrolled in the B.A. in Sociology and Anthropology major and 39 students graduated from the major that academic year.

The B.A. in Criminology had 762 students enrolled in 2014-2015 and 170 graduates. This represents the third largest enrollment in the Eberly College, behind Psychology (799) and Biology (701).

The combined enrollment of our two majors (822) gives us the largest number of any department in the Eberly College.

Our students have demonstrated high achievement and actively participate in extra-curricular and professional development opportunities. Thirteen of our May 2015 graduates were invited to join Phi Beta Kappa for their outstanding academic achievement.

In 2013, Professor Ron Althouse retired after 46 years of service to the department and endowed a scholarship to be awarded to a departmental major during their senior year. The 2015 recipient is criminology major Matthew Kafafian.

Our courses serve non-majors as well as majors. We offer academic minors in both Sociology and Anthropology that accounted for 124 minors conferred in 2013-14. Further, eight of our courses serve the General Education Curriculum (GEC). In Spring 2015, we offered 25 sections in GEC courses with 3,257 enrolled.

The department has the highest credit-hour production of any department in the Eberly College, and one of the highest in the University.

Graduate Students

In Fall 2016, the department will launch the first Sociology doctoral program in the state of West Virginia. The program will train students to conduct sound, independent research in an area related to the department’s specializations in crime, community and culture.


Research Center on Violence

The Research Center on Violence is a grant-funded organization that researches some of the biggest issues affecting communities across the nation, including rape, robbery, and crimes against the environment. With the help of government grants and nonprofit projects, experts try to learn everything they can about violence in order to assist with prevention, awareness, and education efforts.


Mary L. Thomas Lecture Series

The Mary L. Thomas Endowment, created in 1992 thanks to a generous gift from alumna Mary L. Thomas, supports lectureships, colloquia, symposia and seminars in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology.

The 2015-2016 series hosted speakers surrounding the topic of community.