The department currently supports 18 Graduate Teaching Assistantships (9 months). TAs are employed to work in support of undergraduate courses such as Introduction to Sociology, Social Problems, Families and Society, Race and Ethnic Relations, Criminology, and the Criminal Justice System. Opportunities to serve as a primary instructor are available to TAs who completed the Teaching Sociology course (SOC 710) and have a MA degree. There is space on the University application to indicate your interest in an assistantship position; no additional information is required to apply for the funded position. Additional funding opportunities may be available through teaching and research positions for the Quantitative and Qualitative Social Science Research Methods graduate certificate and West Virginia Social Survey
The department supports on average around 7 Graduate Research positions (9 or 12 months). Faculty actively recruit for GRA positions on currently funded projects. In addition to the specific qualifications for these positions, potential candidates must meet the admission standards and be fully accepted into the doctoral program.
Departmental Funding Packages
All funded students receive a stipend, a tuition waiver, and health insurance. Students are eligible for continued funding each year, based upon performance. For additional information on department funding, visit section seven of our Graduate Student handbook.
WVU offers several fellowships to incoming graduate students. Potential candidates are nominated by the graduate admissions committee upon being accepted to the program.