• Anthropology field trip to the Salt Rock Petroglyphs.

    Anthropology Club visits the Salt Rock Petroglyphs, April 2014

  • Members of the ANT Club (and guests) tour the Heritage Farm and Museum

    The Anthropology Club tours the Heritage Farm and Museum, October 2013

  • Dr. Fondren and students at Woods Hole Hostel on the Appalachian Trail near Pearisburg, VA, October 2012

    Dr. Fondren and students at Woods Hole Hostel on the Appalachian Trail near Pearisburg, VA

  • Parents and students enjoying hors d'oeuvres at the wine and cheese reception during the Spring Awards Ceremony, May 2012, at Ritter Park.

    Parents and students enjoy hors d'oeuvres at a reception for the departmental Spring Awards Ceremony at the Ritter Park Rose Garden.

  • Marshall University Archaeological Fieldschool at the Greenbottom Survey site

    MU Archaeological Fieldschool at the Greenbottom Survey site

  • Anthropology field trip to the Salt Rock Petroglyphs.

    Anthropology Club visits the Salt Rock Petroglyphs, April 2014

  • Members of the ANT Club (and guests) tour the Heritage Farm and Museum

    The Anthropology Club tours the Heritage Farm and Museum, October 2013

  • Dr. Fondren and students at Woods Hole Hostel on the Appalachian Trail near Pearisburg, VA, October 2012

    Dr. Fondren and students at Woods Hole Hostel on the Appalachian Trail near Pearisburg, VA

  • Parents and students enjoying hors d'oeuvres at the wine and cheese reception during the Spring Awards Ceremony, May 2012, at Ritter Park.

    Parents and students enjoy hors d'oeuvres at a reception for the departmental Spring Awards Ceremony at the Ritter Park Rose Garden.

  • Marshall University Archaeological Fieldschool at the Greenbottom Survey site

    MU Archaeological Fieldschool at the Greenbottom Survey site

  • Anthropology field trip to the Salt Rock Petroglyphs.

    Anthropology Club visits the Salt Rock Petroglyphs, April 2014

  • Members of the ANT Club (and guests) tour the Heritage Farm and Museum

    The Anthropology Club tours the Heritage Farm and Museum, October 2013

  • Dr. Fondren and students at Woods Hole Hostel on the Appalachian Trail near Pearisburg, VA, October 2012

    Dr. Fondren and students at Woods Hole Hostel on the Appalachian Trail near Pearisburg, VA

  • Parents and students enjoying hors d'oeuvres at the wine and cheese reception during the Spring Awards Ceremony, May 2012, at Ritter Park.

    Parents and students enjoy hors d'oeuvres at a reception for the departmental Spring Awards Ceremony at the Ritter Park Rose Garden.

  • Marshall University Archaeological Fieldschool at the Greenbottom Survey site

    MU Archaeological Fieldschool at the Greenbottom Survey site

  • Anthropology field trip to the Salt Rock Petroglyphs.

    Anthropology Club visits the Salt Rock Petroglyphs, April 2014

  • Members of the ANT Club (and guests) tour the Heritage Farm and Museum

    The Anthropology Club tours the Heritage Farm and Museum, October 2013

  • Dr. Fondren and students at Woods Hole Hostel on the Appalachian Trail near Pearisburg, VA, October 2012

    Dr. Fondren and students at Woods Hole Hostel on the Appalachian Trail near Pearisburg, VA

  • Parents and students enjoying hors d'oeuvres at the wine and cheese reception during the Spring Awards Ceremony, May 2012, at Ritter Park.

    Parents and students enjoy hors d'oeuvres at a reception for the departmental Spring Awards Ceremony at the Ritter Park Rose Garden.

  • Marshall University Archaeological Fieldschool at the Greenbottom Survey site

    MU Archaeological Fieldschool at the Greenbottom Survey site

  • Anthropology field trip to the Salt Rock Petroglyphs.

    Anthropology Club visits the Salt Rock Petroglyphs, April 2014

  • Members of the ANT Club (and guests) tour the Heritage Farm and Museum

    The Anthropology Club tours the Heritage Farm and Museum, October 2013

  • Dr. Fondren and students at Woods Hole Hostel on the Appalachian Trail near Pearisburg, VA, October 2012

    Dr. Fondren and students at Woods Hole Hostel on the Appalachian Trail near Pearisburg, VA

  • Parents and students enjoying hors d'oeuvres at the wine and cheese reception during the Spring Awards Ceremony, May 2012, at Ritter Park.

    Parents and students enjoy hors d'oeuvres at a reception for the departmental Spring Awards Ceremony at the Ritter Park Rose Garden.

  • Marshall University Archaeological Fieldschool at the Greenbottom Survey site

    MU Archaeological Fieldschool at the Greenbottom Survey site

  • Anthropology field trip to the Salt Rock Petroglyphs.

    Anthropology Club visits the Salt Rock Petroglyphs, April 2014

  • Members of the ANT Club (and guests) tour the Heritage Farm and Museum

    The Anthropology Club tours the Heritage Farm and Museum, October 2013

  • Dr. Fondren and students at Woods Hole Hostel on the Appalachian Trail near Pearisburg, VA, October 2012

    Dr. Fondren and students at Woods Hole Hostel on the Appalachian Trail near Pearisburg, VA

  • Parents and students enjoying hors d'oeuvres at the wine and cheese reception during the Spring Awards Ceremony, May 2012, at Ritter Park.

    Parents and students enjoy hors d'oeuvres at a reception for the departmental Spring Awards Ceremony at the Ritter Park Rose Garden.

  • Marshall University Archaeological Fieldschool at the Greenbottom Survey site

    MU Archaeological Fieldschool at the Greenbottom Survey site

  • Anthropology field trip to the Salt Rock Petroglyphs.

    Anthropology Club visits the Salt Rock Petroglyphs, April 2014

  • Members of the ANT Club (and guests) tour the Heritage Farm and Museum

    The Anthropology Club tours the Heritage Farm and Museum, October 2013

  • Dr. Fondren and students at Woods Hole Hostel on the Appalachian Trail near Pearisburg, VA, October 2012

    Dr. Fondren and students at Woods Hole Hostel on the Appalachian Trail near Pearisburg, VA

  • Parents and students enjoying hors d'oeuvres at the wine and cheese reception during the Spring Awards Ceremony, May 2012, at Ritter Park.

    Parents and students enjoy hors d'oeuvres at a reception for the departmental Spring Awards Ceremony at the Ritter Park Rose Garden.

  • Marshall University Archaeological Fieldschool at the Greenbottom Survey site

    MU Archaeological Fieldschool at the Greenbottom Survey site

  • Anthropology field trip to the Salt Rock Petroglyphs.

    Anthropology Club visits the Salt Rock Petroglyphs, April 2014

  • Members of the ANT Club (and guests) tour the Heritage Farm and Museum

    The Anthropology Club tours the Heritage Farm and Museum, October 2013

  • Dr. Fondren and students at Woods Hole Hostel on the Appalachian Trail near Pearisburg, VA, October 2012

    Dr. Fondren and students at Woods Hole Hostel on the Appalachian Trail near Pearisburg, VA

  • Parents and students enjoying hors d'oeuvres at the wine and cheese reception during the Spring Awards Ceremony, May 2012, at Ritter Park.

    Parents and students enjoy hors d'oeuvres at a reception for the departmental Spring Awards Ceremony at the Ritter Park Rose Garden.

  • Marshall University Archaeological Fieldschool at the Greenbottom Survey site

    MU Archaeological Fieldschool at the Greenbottom Survey site

  • Anthropology field trip to the Salt Rock Petroglyphs.

    Anthropology Club visits the Salt Rock Petroglyphs, April 2014

  • Members of the ANT Club (and guests) tour the Heritage Farm and Museum

    The Anthropology Club tours the Heritage Farm and Museum, October 2013

  • Dr. Fondren and students at Woods Hole Hostel on the Appalachian Trail near Pearisburg, VA, October 2012

    Dr. Fondren and students at Woods Hole Hostel on the Appalachian Trail near Pearisburg, VA

  • Parents and students enjoying hors d'oeuvres at the wine and cheese reception during the Spring Awards Ceremony, May 2012, at Ritter Park.

    Parents and students enjoy hors d'oeuvres at a reception for the departmental Spring Awards Ceremony at the Ritter Park Rose Garden.

  • Marshall University Archaeological Fieldschool at the Greenbottom Survey site

    MU Archaeological Fieldschool at the Greenbottom Survey site

INTRODUCTION

The Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Marshall University offers a supportive environment for undergraduate and Masters level students who wish to pursue training in sociology and anthropology. Our accomplished faculty place a strong emphasis on teaching and mentoring while also striving to maintain an active research agenda.  The curriculum is designed to provide our students with a wide range of options in pursuit of their academic and professional goals and interests, while also providing solid training in core foundations of  the two disciplines. Students learn both qualitative and quantitative research methods and are exposed to a variety of subfields and theoretical perspectives.

 

Faculty core strengths include: social movements and social change, language, gender, race, inequality, stratification, deviance, cultural diversity, social interaction and group processes, migration, globalization, social institutions (religion, family, work and occupations, health care, politics and the economy), criminology, gerontology, qualitative and quantitative research methods, and advanced statistical analysis.