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

Anthony Clemons

Anthony Clemons

Pursuing PhD in sociology at the University of New Mexico

Xinyi Ou

Xinyi Ou

Sociology student Xinyi Ou has received Point Foundation scholarship

Jennifer Wisniewski

Jennifer Wisniewski

Jennifer Wisniewski volunteered in the Philippines and lived with a family and worked near the city of Tacloban for five weeks in a rural health center. See her pictures in our photo gallery.

Hermann Kurthen

Hermann Kurthen

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

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.

Erica Brown

Erica Brown

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.

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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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