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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.  
 

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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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Spotlights

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".

Lisa Hickman

Lisa Hickman

Lisa Hickman won the Marvin Olsen Award for Distinguished Service to Sociology in Michigan.

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".

Laurel Westbrook

Laurel Westbrook

Professor Westbrook will be receiving the 2016 Distinguished Article Award from the Sex & Gender Section of American Sociological Association.

Joel Stillerman

Joel Stillerman

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

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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.

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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