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. 


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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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Soc Major Cassandra Skinner Wins Award

Sociology major Cassandra Skinner received the 2017 excellence in a discipline award from sociology.

Professor Brian Phillips Awarded a Fulbright

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

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