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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.  

In Memoriam - Doris Rucks

Rucks

Associate Professor Emerita of Sociology Doris Rucks died August 30; she was 92. Rucks served as an associate professor of sociology, and worked at Grand Valley from 1987-1999. She was also the first coordinator of Grand Valley's women's studies program.

In February, Grand Valley's Positive Black Women honored Rucks at its annual Valentine's luncheon with the organization's first PBW Trailblazer Award.

Rucks was an active community member in Muskegon. She founded the Coalition for Community Development, which was successful in lobbying to keep a grocery store in Muskegon Heights. CCD is also the parent organization of Friends of the Muskegon Heights Library and runs programs for children.


Events

Michigan Sociological Association Undergraduate Student Paper Competition

Michigan Sociological Association Undergraduate Student Paper Competition

September 30, 2016 All Day

The Michigan Sociological Association is holding an undergraduate student paper competition to be awarded at our 2016 annual fall conference. This conference will be held at Lake Superior State University....

2016 Michigan Sociological Association Annual Conference

2016 Michigan Sociological Association Annual Conference

October 21, 2016 All Day

PRACTICAL SOCIOLOGY: FROM SOCIOLOGICAL IMAGINATION TO IMPLEMENTATION What’s new in our field? What else could or should we be studying? Join us this fall in Michigan’s...

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Spotlights

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 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.

Hermann Kurthen

Hermann Kurthen

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

Joel Stillerman

Joel Stillerman

Sociology Professor Joel Stillerman has recently published a new book titled "The Sociology of Consumption: A Global Approach"

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".

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News

In Memorium - Doris Rucks

In Memorium - Doris Rucks

September 06, 2016

In Memorium - Doris Rucks, Associate Professor Emerita of Sociology in October 1999

Sociology Professor Abdullah Alrebh featured in Saudi Gazette

Sociology Professor Abdullah Alrebh featured in Saudi Gazette

August 27, 2016

Like any fresh graduate, Alrebh believed that Saudi universities would welcome him with open arms but he was shocked when 12 Saudi universities and five Gulf universities told him they did not have any vacancies...

Sociology Professor Yan Yu Took Part in a Celebration of a Decade-Long Partnership with the Grand Rapids Chinese Language School

Sociology Professor Yan Yu Took Part in a Celebration of a Decade-Long Partnership with the Grand Rapids Chinese Language School

April 19, 2016

More than a dozen Grand Valley faculty and staff members took part in a celebration of a decade-long partnership with the Grand Rapids Chinese Language School at an event April 16.

Sociology Professor Jeffrey S. Rothstein Interviewed by Public Media from Michigan State University

Sociology Professor Jeffrey S. Rothstein Interviewed by Public Media from Michigan State University

April 08, 2016

Sociology Professor Jeffrey Rothstein was interviewed by public media from Michigan State University about his new book "When Good Jobs Go Bad". The book explores the declining job quality as a result of globalization.

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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