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Sociology opens your mind to the hidden structures of social power that affect our everyday life and the major events that are happening around the world.


What is Sociology at WVU like?


Sociology opens up your mind to see the hidden structures of social power that affect our everyday life, and the major events that are happening around the world. These structures are always changing, so sociology majors must have critical reasoning skills and the intellectual flexibility to communicate around these fluctuations in social behavior.

You can use this degree to improve the quality of life for people everywhere. As a sociology major, you will understand the essentials of human behavior. You will explore social processes that operate in the communities, businesses and groups we encounter every day. You will examine social problems and analyze solutions.

You will learn the methods of social science as well as the specialized knowledge and insights of discipline while selecting from specialized subject areas: racial and ethnic relations, sex and gender, social class and poverty, families and relationships, social psychology and media, health and health care and urban and rural sociology.

Sociology graduates pursue advanced social sciences degrees and have careers in medicine, law, psychology, crisis counseling, education administration, community planning, public health and more.

Sociology program highlights:

At a Glance

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What makes Sociology at WVU unique?

Research and Academic Opportunities

All sociology students are encouraged to participate in an internship to explore career options and make connections with professionals in the field. Students may choose to intern at any time, but those who wish to earn academic credit for SOCA 491 (Professional Field Experience, 1-12 hours) must have junior or senior standing.

Past internship placements:

  • Bartlett House
  • CASA for Kids
  • Chestnut Ridge Hospital Art Therapy
  • Literacy Volunteers of Monongalia and Preston Counties
  • Monongalia County Probation Office
  • Monongalia County Teen Court
  • Morgantown Area Youth Service Project
  • Mountaineer Boys and Girls Club
  • Pressley Ridge Schools
  • Rape and Domestic Violence Information Center
  • Rock Forge Neighborhood House
  • Ronald McDonald House
  • United Way Volunteer Action Center
  • Salvation Army Soup Kitchen

Living-Learning Communities (LLCs)

Live, study and pursue outside-the-classroom learning in a residence hall community that shares your interests:

Transfer Articulation Agreements

In addition to guaranteed admission agreements WVU has transfer articulation agreements with:

Student Organizations

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Professional Organizations

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How does this degree prepare students for a career?

Possible Careers

Wondering what you can do with a degree from WVU's Sociology major? Check out these ideas from WVU Career Services and the Occupational Information Network (O*NET). A median salary is the midpoint of what people typically earn—half of those surveyed earned above the median salary, and half earned below.

This page includes information from O*NET OnLine by the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA). Used under the CC BY 4.0 license.


Graduates from this major have gone to work at:


What are the courses like in Sociology at WVU?

Plan of Study

Check out a program overview, learning goals, course descriptions and suggested plan of study for WVU's Sociology major.

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Popular Courses

SOCA 221:
Families and Society

Historical comparative approach to changing structure and functions of the family institution. Effect of economic, demographic, and cultural changes on relationships, gender roles, marriage, childcare; variations by socioeconomic status, race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation.

SOCA 301:
Sociological Theory

Systematic analysis of major sociological theories viewed from the historical perspective and in terms of current research.

SOCA 304:
Complex Organizations

The structure and functioning of large-scale, bureaucratic organizations, including studies of industrial organizations, prisons, hospitals, and government.

SOCA 320:
Social Psychology

Provides a basic but detailed knowledge of the tenets of sociological social psychology, with an emphasis on symbolic interaction. Focuses on how individual identity is formed through a social process.

SOCA 417:
Sociology of Globalization

Examines the social origins and implications of the growing interconnectedness of our world. Emphasis is given to economic, political, cultural, and environmental dimensions of globalization.

SOCA 457:
Social Movements

Ethnographic approaches to the study of power, politics, and social change in the contemporary world. Focuses on past and present injustices, why "ordinary" people mobilize politically for change, and how to study these movements.

SOCA 470:
Cities and Urban Life

This course introduces students to the scientific study of urban social activity and urban problems, including crime. The primary goals are to present the methods, theories, and key concepts of sociological perspectives on cities.

Cost and Aid

How much does Sociology at WVU cost? And how can you save?

Tuition and Fees

Estimated rates for the 2021-22 academic year. Rates are subject to change. Anyone that is not a current West Virginia resident will be charged non-resident rates. That includes international students.

West Virginia Resident
Per Credit $417
Per Semester $5,004
Fall and Spring Semesters $10,008
Per Credit $1,133
Per Semester $13,596
Fall and Spring Semesters $27,192
Per Credit $1,133
Per Semester $13,896
Fall and Spring Semesters $27,792
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Transfer Articulation Agreements

To simplify the transfer process, we have formal agreements with certain institutions. These agreements outline the courses you should take to prepare for transferring to WVU. In addition to guaranteed admission agreements Sociology has transfer articulation agreements with:

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What are the requirements to apply for Sociology at WVU?

To be admitted to WVU's Sociology major, you must meet WVU's first-time freshman admission requirements for the 2022-23 academic year. Interested in transferring? Review the transfer admission requirements.

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