Sociology

“To understand people, a sociologist needs to see past the walls, the misconceptions, to bypass established boundaries and establish new insights. Cultural similarities and differences are variations of the same human search for meaning. Through immersion in different places and different ways, study abroad offers the greatest range of opportunities to understand people and their culture,—all essential to a sociology major and minor, to careers in a global economy, and to life in a technological age. Expanding our intellect, our range of emotions, our recognition of a common humanity amidst a myriad of expressions, this is sociology, and this is study abroad."

-  Dr. George Lundskow, Department Chair of Sociology

Sociology Study Abroad Programs

Peru

Peru

By studying abroad, sociology students will gain a global outlook. Students will be able to integrate the cultural diversity they experience abroad into their profession by developing  international and comparative perspectives on social problems, race, and social relations. From working at a refugee camp community center in Jordan to a malnourished infants clinic in Chile, there’s a program for you!

Study abroad opens the world to you. Imagine studying the Scandinavian approach to welfare in Norway, exploring multicultural London, or working with the youth of Jamaica. These experiences and more are available to you through the many study abroad programs offered through the Padnos International Center!

Academic Advice

  • Department input requested
  • Overseas courses should have significant sociological content, but don’t have to be listed under sociology.
  • Consider fulfilling your General Education Issues requirement abroad. Find out how!

Restrictions

  • Students may NOT take SOC 495 Capstone abroad. 
  • Courses will be approved on a case to case basis through the course equivalency process.

Keep in Mind

  • Once you have selected a program, be sure to meet with your adviser at least three months prior to departing for your program.
  • Be sure to explore both GVSU and external options by browsing the Program Suggestions below. Students are not limited to GVSU study abroad programs.
  • There are several opportunities to intern and or volunteer while abroad.
  • Students are also able to fulfill General Education requirements abroad, including their General Education Issues requirement.

Program Suggestions

NOTE: This is not an exhaustive list. If you cannot find a suitable program among these, there are other options available to you as well. Come in for a walk-in advising session, and our peer advisers can help you find a program that fits your needs!

GVSU Programs

Program Type

Country

Program, Host Institution, or University Name

Semester

Academic Year

Summer

Non-Traditional Academic Year

Faculty-Led

Haiti

Water, Environmental Issues, and Service Learning

   

 

Faculty-led

Netherlands

Geography & Planning

   

 

Faculty-Led

United Kingdom

Art

   

 

Partnership

Australia

Macquarie University

   

Partnership

Australia

University of the Sunshine Coast

   

Partnership

France

Université Catholique de l'Ouest

 

Partnership

Ghana

University of Cape Coast

   

Partnership

Japan

International Christian University

 

 

Partnership

Japan

Ritsumeiken Asia Pacific University

 

Partnership

Turkey

Middle East Technical University

   

Partnership

United Kingdom

Kingston University

 

External Programs

Program Type

Country

Program, Host Institution, or University Name

Semester

Academic Year

Summer

Affiliate

United Kingdom

Edge Hill University

 

External

Argentina

SIT: Social Movements and Human Rights

   

External

Brazil

USAC: Florianopolis

 

External

Czech Republic

AIFS: Charles University 

 

External

Kenya

KEI: Nairobi

External

Scotland

CIS: Stirling

   

External

Thailand

ISA: Bangkok

 

Internships

Program Type

Country

Program, Host Institution, or University Name

Varies

Varies

Internships Abroad

Explore Other Program Options

Not finding a program on this list that meets your needs? Explore other options.

IMPORTANT: You can also complete your General Education requirements abroad.

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To determine the GVSU course equivalencies for courses taken abroad, please view the “How to Request Course Equivalencies” page. For more information email Department Contact below.

Department Contact

George Lundskow

lundskog@gvsu.edu

2172d Au Sable Hall