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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.  

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.

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.

Laurel Westbrook

Laurel Westbrook

GVSU professor Laurel Westbrook finds social surveys no longer accurately measure sex and gender in US.

Ryan Ames

Ryan Ames

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

Michael Ott

Michael Ott

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.

Laurel Westbrook

Laurel Westbrook

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".

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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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News

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.

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".

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