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Eberly College of Arts and Sciences

The Eberly College of Arts and Sciences, West Virginia University’s largest college, has approximately 460 faculty in academic departments and program areas in the following: literature and the humanities, social and behavioral sciences, and mathematics and natural sciences. These departments occupy twelve buildings on the Downtown campus and include programs that lead to master's degrees in twenty-two fields and doctoral degrees in twelve fields. Many of the faculty have earned distinguished national and international reputations and have been honored for excellence in teaching, research, and service. Their awards not only acknowledge extreme dedication but also accentuate the relationship between the faculty and students. Graduate students often collaborate with faculty on specialized research projects which lead to publications in national and international journals. In 2012, the faculty of the college produced over 500 publications and received over 230 grants and contracts. In recent years, arts and sciences faculty have generated over $15,000,000 annually in external support for research and instruction.

Degrees Offered

Graduate programs leading to a master’s degree are available in biology, chemistry, communication studies, English, foreign languages, forensic science, geography, geology, history, legal studies, liberal arts, mathematics, physics, psychology, public administration, social work, sociology and anthropology, and statistics. Each program prepares students for further study or for productive roles in professional environments. Information concerning graduate programs in the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences may be obtained by contacting the Associate Dean for Research, Graduate Studies, and Outreach, Eberly College of Arts and Sciences, 201 Woodburn Hall, West Virginia University, P.O. Box 6286, Morgantown, WV 26505-6286; telephone (304) 293-4611. 

  • Master of Science, Doctor of Philosophy in Biology
  • Master of Science, Doctor of Philosophy in Chemistry
  • Master of Arts, Doctor of Philosophy in Communication Studies
  • Master of Arts, Master of Fine Arts, Doctor of Philosophy in English
  • Master of Arts in Foreign Languages
  • Master of Science in Forensic Science
  • Master of Arts, Doctor of Philosophy in Geography
  • Master of Science, Doctor of Philosophy in Geology
  • Master of Arts in History and Public History, Doctor of Philosophy in History
  • Master of Legal Studies
  • Master of Science, Doctor of Philosophy in Mathematics
  • Master of Science, Doctor of Philosophy in Physics
  • Master of Arts, Doctor Philosophy in Political Science
  • Master of Science, Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology
  • Master of Public Administration
  • Master of Social Work
  • Master of Arts in Sociology and Anthropology
  • Master of Science in Statistics, Doctor of Philosophy in Computational Statistics
  • Master of Professional Studies in Applied Statistics

The Eberly College of Arts and Sciences offers doctoral programs in biology, chemistry, communication studies, English, geography, geology, history, mathematics, physics, political science, psychology, and statistics. Available research or teaching concentrations are as follows:

  • Biology—ecology and evolutionary biology, forensic biology, genetics and genome biology, and neurobiology and endocrinology
  • Chemistry—analytical, biological, inorganic, organic, and physical
  • Communication studies—instructional, interpersonal, and organizational
  • English—literature
  • Geography—human geography, environmental geography, geographic information science
  • Geology—energy geology, geophysics, hydrogeology, environmental geology
  • History—United States (Appalachia), Europe, Africa, science, and technology
  • Mathematics—selected areas of pure, applied, and discrete mathematics
  • Physics—condensed matter, applied physics, plasma physics, astrophysics, electro-optics, elementary particle physics, and radio astronomy
  • Political science—public policy analysis (domestic and international)
  • Psychology—behavior analysis, behavioral neuroscience, clinical psychology, clinical child psychology, and developmental psychology
  • Statistics—statistical machine learning, computational statistics, statistical theory



  • Robert H. Jones - Ph.D. (SUNY College)

Associate Deans

  • Joan S. Gorham - Ed.D. (Northern Illinois University)
    Academic Affairs
  • Valerie Lastinger - Ph.D.
    Interim, Undergraduate Studies
  • Asuntina S. Levelle - J.D.
  • Tracy Morris - Ph.D. (University of Mississippi)
    Research, Graduate Studies, and Outreach
  • Michael Perone - Ph.D. (University of Wisconsin)

Assistant Dean

  • Katie Stores - Ph.D. (West Virginia University)