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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.

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Students are admitted directly into this program.
Available as a minor.

Program Overview

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.

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Location & Format

Undergraduate students in this major study at the Grand Valley Allendale Campus.

  • Face To Face


Students take core courses in scientific methodology and theory and then choose from a wide variety of electives on topics such as:

  • Culture
  • Families
  • Gender and sexuality
  • Globalization
  • Race and ethnicity
  • Religion
  • Social class inequality
  • Social psychology

Combined Degree Programs

Many GVSU undergraduate programs can be combined with an existing master’s degree program to save on tuition and get you into the workforce sooner. On average, you can save $8,500 by pursuing a combined degree and take up to four fewer courses than if earning the degrees separately.

Talk with an advisor about how you can build your combined degree from existing programs to further personalize your education and create your own niche area of expertise.

Admission Requirements

Visit the Admissions website for undergraduate requirements.

For More Information

Department of Sociology
2172 AuSable Hall
(616) 331-3730

Admissions and Recruitment Office


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