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Welcome to GVSU Sociology

The Reverend Martin Luther King was a sociology major. Then again, so was former President and conservative icon Ronald Reagan. Sociology welcomes critical thinkers of all varieties and we are proud to say that our student body is one of the most diverse on campus. If you want to change the world, and you don’t think it is cliché to say so, sociology may very well be the major for you. By developing a “sociological imagination” you will be better able to actively engage the world around you and to do something constructive and useful in it. Sociology students learn about the dynamics of race, class, and gender and about the powerful institutions that we live in and work in everyday. Our graduates have found success in government and non-profit agencies, in large and small private business, and as university professors and researchers. Students choose the sociology major because they are genuinely interested in the concepts and ideas that we teach and because sociology helps them to understand their lives. The world is constantly changing. Why not learn to affect that change? 


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Professor Brian Phillips Awarded a Fulbright

March 27, 2017

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

In Memorium - Doris Rucks

September 06, 2016

In Memorium - Doris Rucks, Associate Professor Emerita of Sociology in October 1999

Sociology Professor Abdullah Alrebh featured in Saudi Gazette

August 27, 2016

Like any fresh graduate, Alrebh believed that Saudi universities would welcome him with open arms but he was shocked when 12 Saudi universities and five Gulf universities told him they did not have any vacancies...

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

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.

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