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Anthropology and Sociology Department

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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.

Anthropology and sociology graduates are prepared for a wide variety of careers. Our students work in death investigation, criminal justice, education, human resources, international relations, museum studies, public archaeology, public policy, social services, and communication, among many other fields. 

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.

The University's Department of Anthropology and Sociology offers either a B.A. or a B.S. degree in both Anthropology and Sociology; a B.S. in Forensic Anthropology; and a Minor and Graduate Programs in Cherokee Studies. There are also options for a Minor in Anthropology or Forensic Anthropology.




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Faculty & Staff 

Committed to the success of their students, our faculty members are quality educators and leaders in their disciplines. They are widely respected for their research and commitment to their fields. Between them, they bring a wealth of academic experience and real-world knowledge to our students to help them prepare for careers in today’s global society.

Note: Due to COVID-19 and the need to reduce face to face interactions, the Anthropology and Sociology Dept. Office will have limited open hours. Additionally, all faculty will be easier to reach via Email at this time.

Peter Nieckarz - Department Head 828-227-3835 McKee 101B
Christine Bailey 828-227-2816 McKee 102-C
Wiggins Blackfox   NA McKee G04
Rainy Brake 828-227-2721 McKee 105A
Kathleen Brennan 828-227-3832 McKee 107B
Philip (Ted) Coyle 828-227-3900 McKee 106B
Jane Eastman 828-227-3841 McKee G3C
Preethi Krishnan 828-227-3837 McKee G08A
Min Li 828-227-2107 McKee 107A
Diana Messer 828-227-2430 McKee G03A
Munene Mwaniki 828-227-3879 McKee 102A
Nicholas V. Passalacqua 828-227-2306  McKee G8B 
Jamie Patterson NA McKee 104
Brett Riggs 828-227-2443 McKee 105B
Sara Snyder-Hopkins 828-227-2303 McKee 105C
Benjamin A. Steere 828-227-2444 McKee G3B
Colin Townsend 828-227-2900 BH 104HC
Jim Veteto 828-227-3777 McKee 106A
John Williams NA McKee 104
Yiqing Yang 828-227-3839 McKee 108B
Katie Zejdlik 828-227-2817 McKee 102B
Danielle Haney - Administrative Support Associate 828-227-3833 McKee 101
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