Anthropology and Sociology Department

Western Carolina University's Department of Anthropology and Sociology introduces you to entire new worlds, diverse means of researching and understanding humankind, and unlimited career possibilities. Sociology and anthropology graduates are prepared for a wide variety of careers. Our students work in criminal justice, education, human resources, international relations, museum studies, public archaeology, public policy, social services, and communication, among many other fields.

  •  Anthropology is the study of human beings through time and around the world. 
  •  Forensic anthropology is the application of physical or biological anthropology in a legal context, as well as studies in archaeology, environmental anthropology, and folklore.
  • Sociology is the investigation of the structure of groups, organizations, and societies 
  • Cherokee Studies is the study Cherokee history and culture.

Thanks to smaller class sizes, hands-on learning, and the chance to participate in faculty research, you’ll receive lots of “face time” with your professors, quality educators who are well-known in their disciplines.

WCU’s main campus is located in Western North Carolina's scenic Cullowhee Valley, surrounded by the Great Smoky and Blue Ridge mountains. The region is home to the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, the Blue Ridge Parkway, and the Southern tip of the Appalachian Trail. In combination with our programs, these natural resources offer you unique study opportunities to learn and engage in research.

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Gender Conference: March 18, 2015

Aaron Marshall, Sociology major wins  N.C. Campus Compact’s Barnhill Civic Trailblazer Award

Jim Veteto on Heritage Seed Project on National Public Radio 

Jim Veteto co-edited a special issue of the Journal of Ethnobiology and is the co-author on the introduction (“Climate Change and Ethnobiology”) and lead author on a full length research article (“Climate Change and Apple Diversity: Local Perceptions from Appalachian North Carolina”).

Cheryl Johnston and the  FOReST in the news.

Jim Veteto on Reviving folk Agriculture   

Dr. Jane Eastman and Freeman on the legend of the Cherokee "Little People" 



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