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Sociology is the scientific study of human behavior and social life. A fundamental insight of sociology is that institutions, groups, and interpersonal interactions shape lived experiences and life chances. Sociologists explore areas such as social change, social work, community leadership, human services, the environment, health, and various types of social inequality.
The department of sociology incorporates an engaged, community-based curriculum that expands beyond the boundaries of the classroom, exposing students to experiences and opportunities in Grand Rapids, MI as part of their coursework. The goal of the program is to provide students with a complex understanding of persistent social problems—to which they will apply their knowledge in the pursuit of positive solutions and the advancement of the common good.
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The Sociology Department is part of a nation-wide movement involved in transforming traditional “academic” curriculum into one centered on community engagement.
See what the Sociology department has been up to lately. The Facebook page c onnects current AQ Sociology students with AQ Sociology Alumni, as well as jobs, events, and other opportunities.
Sociology Research Spotlight
Bikes, Barriers, and Well-BeingDr. Jen Lendrum and Arabella Cummings conducted summer research into barriers to access public space by traversing Grand Rapids on bicycle. In addition to making recommendations for improving access, they found connection and community.Learn more about their work
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