The sociology department is a community of critical scholars who analyze the context of social interaction and the construction of difference in society. Faculty utilize qualitative and quantitative methods to develop insight on a wide range of substantive areas.
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Why Study Sociology at Grand Valley?
Sociology minor Erica Brown earned credit toward her degree while volunteering at an elementary school in the Philippines. See her pictures in our photo gallery.
Sociology Professor Joel Stillerman has recently published a new book titled "The Sociology of Consumption: A Global Approach"
Lisa Hickman won the Marvin Olsen Award for Distinguished Service to Sociology in Michigan.
Sociology Professor Laurel Westbrook was featured in the 2015 January CLAS Acts faculty newsletter titled "Ruining Katy Perry in a Good Way: Talking Pedagogy with Laurel Westbrook".
Congratulations to Mike Ott, who won the Larry T. Reynolds Teaching Award at the Michigan Sociological Association's annual conference held on Oct. 24, 2015.
February 09, 2015
Mark your calendar for the 110th ASA Annual Meeting in Chicago, August 22-25, 2015. The meeting theme this year is "Sexualities in the Social World".
January 29, 2015
The Sociology department is very pleased to offer the Robert and Linda '89 Rynbrandt Endowed Sociology Scholarship, funded by a generous grant from the Rynbrandt family.