College of Liberal Arts

The Department of Sociology and Anthropology is a member department of the College of Liberal Arts (COLA) at Marshall University. Thus, students who are majoring in one of our two undergraduate majors (BA Anthropology or BA Sociology) are students with the curricular requirements and resources associated with COLA.  The College of Liberal Arts maintains a helpful FAQ page that answers common questions about advising, registration, graduation, and academic probation.

Please note that ALL majors in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology have mandatory advising each semester. An advising hold placed on your record will prevent nearly all students from registering for classes. You must speak with an academic advisor before pre-registration to have your advising hold removed.  As with all students in COLA, Juniors have mandatory junior degree evaluation the semester they reach 60+ credit hours. Juniors not meeting with their academic advisor will have a hold placed on their record preventing them from pre-registering for the next semester’s classes.  Seniors have mandatory senior degree evaluation the semester they reach your 90+ credit hours.

Freshmen Sophomores Juniors Seniors
0 to 29
overall credit hours
30 to 59
overall credit hours
60 to 89
overall credit hours
90+ overall
credit hours

Note: Transfer and AP credit are included in your overall hours.


Academic Advisors in the Department can assist you in:

  • selecting courses that meet your major and career goals as well as keeping you on track for graduation,
  • understanding the academic requirements by COLA and Marshall University, and
  • finding resources to help you compose a semester schedule.

Academic Advisors in the Department do not:

  • select specific times or instructors of courses, and
  • register you for classes.


Current Catalog Year

Academic Year 2009 and earlier


Academic Year 2010+

Academic Year 2009 and earlier

Student Honor Societies


Lambda Alpha is the National Collegiate Honors Society for Anthropology.  The Beta Chapter of West Virginia, formed in 1995, is housed in our department.   Membership confers certain privileges, including national academic recognition, scholarships, and the opportunity to publish in a national anthropological journal.


AKD is the International Sociology Honor Society.  The Alpha Chapter at Marshall University was established in 1950 and was the first one in the state. Conferring a charter signifies that the institution meets high standards of program quality and scholarship. While the focus is on scholarship, we also emphasize fellowship for faculty and students, both at the graduate and undergraduate levels.

Student Clubs

Anthropology Club

Sociology Club

Student Awards

The Department of Sociology and Anthropology offers a number of merit-based scholarships.  Please see the Student Awards page for more information on these scholarships as well as lists of the recent awardees.  Watch for announcements about these awards.

Tales from the field

An initiative of students in the Department studying overseas and/or conducting research in other parts of the country or world.Tales from the Field provides a forum for students to share their experiences, perhaps in experimental ways, through ongoing narrative pieces that take the reader into a particular (and sometimes peculiar) social and cultural worlds they encounter while “in the field.”  They are intended to convey the lived experience of the places and people encountered through a variety of depictive techniques and textual devices, highlighting the application of theory and methods in our disciplines of anthropology and sociology (even if in informal ways).  These are voluntary entries from our students organized by academic year of study..  Think of them as “post cards” home from abroad … or a least from further afield.

Celebrate their discoveries!