The Department of Sociology at Virginia Tech offers Master of Science and Ph.D. graduate degrees. The first Master's degree in sociology was granted in the 1920s; its first Ph.D. was awarded in 1974. Our graduates have gone on to distinguished careers both in academia and in applied settings.
We maintain strong interdisciplinary connections on campus. The directors of the Center for Peace Studies & Violence Prevention and the Race and Social Policy Research Center, and the Chair of Science and Technology in Society are members of our department. In addition, programs in Africana Studies, American Indian Studies, and Women's & Gender Studies are housed within the department. Finally, we share courses and faculty with Science and Technology in Society, the Center for Gerontology and many other programs. These connections allow our students to pursue programs specifically tailored to their interest, while maintaining a strong central grounding in sociology.
The university is located in the town of Blacksburg between the Allegheny and Blue Ridge Mountains. Blacksburg was named by Outside magazine as one of the ten best places to live in the U.S. and by Men's Journal as the eight best place to live in the U.S. Local attractions include easy access to the Appalachian Trail, white water rivers, biking trails, and an active music scene. Roanoke, with a metropolitan population of 250,000, is forty miles away, and Washington, D.C. is within driving distance.
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Graduate Life Center at Donaldson Brown
Blacksburg, VA 24061
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