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Prospective Students

Graduate Handbook

Why pursue your PhD in sociology at WVU? Here are three reasons we think you should consider our program…

1)      Our program features three broad thematic areas: crime, community, and culture.  Within these themes our department’s faculty conducts research on a diverse range of topics, including policing, violence against women, neighborhood dynamics, health and demography, media, and religion. Furthermore, our faculty represents the full-range of methodological approaches, ranging from administrative data analysis to survey research to experimental social psychology to ethnography. All of this means that you will benefit from our broad foundation of knowledge and skills, and you will have many options when it comes to your own research interests.

2)      While we have much to offer, our department and program is not overwhelmingly large. We have enough faculty to offer a broad range of courses and mentoring opportunities, but at the same time you will benefit from close training and collaboration with our accessible faculty Graduate  students also have an opportunity to participate in research groups with faculty members in the areas of religion and health.

3)      Although there is much to love about the state of West Virginia, it is also no secret that the State and the Appalachian region face many social and economic challenges. As a land-grant institution and the state’s flagship research university, West Virginia University is closely involved in efforts to address these challenges. As sociologists, our department’s faculty and graduate students have an important role to play in those efforts. While pursuing your PhD in our department, your studies and research can benefit from and provide benefits to a geographic area where sociological research is needed.