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.

The Sociology Department is part of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

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. 


McNair Scholar and sociology major Kelli Bowers

McNair Scholar and sociology major Kelli Bowers examines media representation and Indigenous Identity

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Distinguished Alumni

David Luke

Director, Intercultural Center at the University of Michigan - Flint

Eric Gladstone

Assistant Professor of Management at the University of Kentucky

Meghan Burke

Associate Professor at Illinois Wesleyan University

Melissa Guzman-Garcia

Assistant Professor of Latina/Latino Studies at San Francisco State University

Kyra Butler

Client Experience Associate - The Nebo Company

David A. Martin

Program Director, McNair Scholars Associate Director, Office of Undergraduate Research and Scholarship

Rachel Borashko

Research Specialist, Johnson Center for Philanthropy, Grand Rapids, MI

Kayla Penokie

Executive Producer, Fox 17 News West Michigan

Whitney Laster Pirtle

Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of California - Merced

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