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Sociology, B.A., B.S.
Sociology investigates and analyzes social issues that range from intimate family relations to communities, institutions, and nations. People, systems, beliefs, behaviors, values, culture, and both the unity and divisions of race, class, gender, and identity are all areas of study. In addition, individual issues, as well as how all issues fit together, are explored.
A Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) and Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in sociology are offered. The B.A. requires third-semester proficiency in a foreign language, while the B.S. requires intermediate-level statistics. A minor is also available.
A sociology degree serves as a strong base for several graduate programs, including occupational therapy and social work.
Why Study Sociology at Grand Valley?
- The Sociology Department is a community of critical scholars who analyze the context of social interaction and the construction of difference in society.
- Our Social Science Data Center offers intern and research
assistant experience in active field research. Students work closely
with faculty in all stages of project development, conduct,
analysis, and publishing. Projects include life course,
environmental issues, and social attitudes. Partners include
environmental organizations, community groups, and the city of Muskegon.
- Our Internship program offers up to nine course credit hours for work experience. Students develop an analytical protocol in consultation with the Internship Director, and turn in written analysis of their observations and insight.
- 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 Colloquium Speakers Series brings experts and community activists on campus to talk about important and controversial issues. Students and the GVSU community join the discourse throughout the year to discuss racism, sexism, LGBTQ+ rights, the environment, and ways to a better future.