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Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science (B.A., B.S.)


Sociology has a broad scope, ranging from the intimate family to larger communities and institutions; and from the divisions created by the social structure of race, class, and gender to the collective identities of shared cultures.

Program Overview

Students may earn either a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) or Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in sociology. The B.A. requires a third-semester proficiency in a foreign language, while the B.S. requires intermediate level statistics. A minor is also available.


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

  • Families in society
  • Globalization
  • Race and ethnicity
  • Social class inequality
  • Social psychology
  • Sociology of religion

Career Options

Graduates are prepared for entry-level work in fields like:

  • Business management
  • Civil services
  • Corrections
  • Human resources
  • Nonprofit administration
  • Social services

A sociology degree also serves as a strong base for several graduate programs, including occupational therapy and social work.

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.


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