As a graduate student in the WVU Davis College, you’ll have the opportunity to conduct research on topics important to you (and our world) and work alongside internationally recognized faculty. Be part of a supportive community. Find or fine tune your passion. Further prepare for your future career.
This program is intended for students desiring advanced study in teaching agriculture in public schools, communications and leadership, or extension education.
The Master of Science in Design and Merchandising focuses on research addressing design interaction and inclusive design; environmental sustainability; applications of new materials and technologies; new forms and new product design; and new developments in the history of design criticism and curation. Merchandising involves the commercial dissemination of these designs and extends research into the area of consumer behavior.
The Doctorate of Philosophy in Human and Community Development (HCD) area of emphasis is intended for candidates with a design background and/or professionals with prior experience in community and/or economic development. The program provides graduates with access to a variety of courses and faculty expertise to help candidates develop an interdisciplinary perspective of human and community development. To this end, the program is flexible and relies on the intellectual maturity and curiosity of the student and the guidance of the student’s graduate committee, particularly the major professor, to develop an individualized, tailor-made curriculum to suit a student’s career and professional aspirations. The primary objective of the program is to educate professionals capable of meeting the demands at the highest levels of their chosen occupations.
This program focuses on environmental design and planning and provides students with the knowledge necessary to develop the skills and abilities in design, planning, and management that are pivotal to their effectiveness and success in the workforce, and that are responsive to the unique qualities of the state and the region. The program prepares students to become effective professionals and citizens by emphasizing a philosophy of responsibility and commitment to ethical standards regarding the natural environment, professional practice and personal relationships.