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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October 23, 2014 
Dr. Hartwell Francis presents "Two Hundred Years of Cherokee Literacy" at the Asheville Museum 

October 17-18
Anthropology students and faculty presented at the Reconstructive and Experimental Archaeological Conference 

OVER FALL BREAK 2014, Aaron Marshall, a sociology major attended a summit in Washington on the Ebola virus disease with Team Rubicon more

OVER FALL BREAK 2014, Dr. Jim Veteto received a special invitation to attend the Mountain Social Ecological Observatory Network (MtnSEON) meeting in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. 



JAMES VETETO on Reviving folk Agriculture   

DR. JANE EASTMAN and FREEMAN OWLE on the legend of the Cherokee "Little People" 

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