What You'll Study
Students work with a large, interdisciplinary faculty that includes about 30 tenure-track professors with PhDs in sociology, anthropology, English, history, and foreign languages. Students can also study with professors and instructors from other departments on campus who are affiliated with our department.
Students with deeper interests in race and gender can focus their degree programs on them, through our interdisciplinary programs in Women's & Gender Studies, Africana Studies, and American Indian Studies.
Careers of Program Graduates
Our master’s graduates have gone on to earn doctorates in sociology and related fields here at Virginia Tech and in universities around the world, or to direct and coordinate women’s centers, diversity programs, and research at such institutions as the Police Executive Research Forum in Washington DC, and the DisAbility Law Center of Virginia.
Professional Development & Research Support/Opportunities
- “Gender, Labor, and Vulnerability in the Bakken Oil Fields” (funded by AAUW) Dr. Christine Labuski
- “Student Violence, School Disorder, and Dropping Out.” (funded by NIJ W.E.B. Du Bois Fellowship) Dr. Anthony Peguero, and doctoral graduate Lindsay Kahle and doctoral student Stephanie Matos.
- “UrbComp”, an interdisciplinary training program focusing on the use of big data in identifying and ameliorating problems of urbanization. (funded by National Science Foundation) Dr. John Ryan (co-pi), and doctoral student Stacey Clifton.