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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Yale News: Cherokee language project involving Mr. Tom Belt and Dr. Hartwell Francis

Western News: Dr. Jim Veteo’s work with heirloom seeds 

Asheville Citizen-Times: Forensic anthropology program, featuring Dr. Cheryl Johnston

Asheville Citizen-Times: Local poverty and upward mobility story includes comment from Dr. Peter Nieckarz






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