Grand Valley Sociology Department

Welcome to the GVSU Sociology department.

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?

  • As a liberal arts school, Grand Valley takes interest in social issues and therefore offers a campus actively engaged in service, creating unique opportunities for sociology students.
  • The Sociology Club meets regularly throughout the academic year, engaging in fundraising; social, career, and graduate school planning activities; and providing a forum for discussing topics relevant to the discipline.
  • The Grand Valley Theta chapter of Alpha Kappa Delta, the International Sociology Honor Society, promotes excellence in scholarship in the study of sociology, research of social problems, and other social and intellectual activities that will lead to an improvement in the human condition.  

Spotlights

Hermann Kurthen

Hermann Kurthen

Sociology Professor Hermann Kurthen was recently interviewed by Shelley Irwin at WGVU about the 2014 summer faculty exchange.

Ryan Ames

Ryan Ames

Sociology graduate Ryan Ames worked at FoodCorps in Portland, OR.

David Martin

David Martin

Teaching sociology as an adjunct in the Department of Sociology at GVSU this fall while he writes up his dissertation for PhD from the University of Oregon.

Richard Brandon Manus

Richard Brandon Manus

Richard Brandon Manus GVSU Sociology Alum succeeds in Los Angeles. He has worked on several TV shows in Los Angeles.

David J. Luke

David J. Luke

David J. Luke GVSU Sociology alum published a book titled "The Causes of Structural Unemployment: Four Factors that Keep People from the Jobs they Deserve".

Hermann Kurthen

Hermann Kurthen

Participated in CLAS faculty and student exchange partner University of Education at Schwaebisch Gmuend, Germany

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News

110th ASA Annual Meeting

110th ASA Annual Meeting

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".

Robert and Linda '89 Rynbrandt Sociology Scholarship

Robert and Linda '89 Rynbrandt Sociology Scholarship

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.

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