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Sociology Department


Grand Valley Sociology Department

The sociology department at gvsu 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.

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. 


Sociological Scholarship Opportunity

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. The purpose of this scholarship is to encourage and assist sociology majors with the costs of their junior and senior year at GVSU. Please click here for detailed information. 


"A Days Work" Film and Panel Discussion

April 6, 2017 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Professor of sociology Jeffrey Rothstein will be part of the panel discussion following the film.

2017 Michigan Sociological Association Annual Conference

October 27, 2017 All Day

Michigan Sociological Association Annual Meetings will be held at GVSU this year.

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Distinguished Alumni

Littisha Bates

Associate professor of sociology at University of Cincinnati.

David A. Martin

David Martin is a PhD candidate at the University of Oregon.

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Professor Stillerman's Recent Article

"Housing Pathways, Elective Belonging and Family Ties in Middle Class Chileans' Housing Choices." Poetics.

Professor Brian Phillips Awarded a Fulbright

Professor Phillips is working with the Cracow University of Economics in Poland

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