Sociology is the study of societies, human interactions and relationships. Sociologists study the ways in which society is organized in order to facilitate communication and societal progress.

Overview

As a sociology student at Calvin, you'll study societal structures within the context of a strong liberal arts core curriculum. At Calvin, we believe that God created us to live in community. As Christian sociologists, it is our responsibility to understand human interactions so we are better able to heal them.

Careers in Sociology

  • Counselor
  • Corrections Officer
  • Advocate
  • Programmer
  • Rehabilitator
  • Teacher
  • More

See job placement rates for Calvin grads.

Student involvement

Study off-campus in Chicago or Washington D.C.; volunteer in local schools, churches and hospitals; gain hands on experience through a summer internship; assist a professor with sociological research through a research fellowship.

Scholarships

Dollar amounts reflect awards given for the 2014-15 academic year.

Barbara Gezon Baker Scholarship for Academic Excellence in Sociology and Social Work
  • award amount: $1,800
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 2.50+
  • financial need is required; sociology or social work major
  • nomination by department members
Dr. Donald H. Bouma Scholarship in Sociology and Social Work
Daniel C. Duyst Memorial Scholarship
  • award amount: $1,600
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 2.70+
  • financial need is considered; interested in criminal justice programs
  • apply through the sociology department
Carl and Sandra Gronsman Family Scholarship
  • award amount: $1,750
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 2.75+
  • financial need is considered; business or social work major or pursuing an education or pre-med program
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
James and Barbara Haveman Family Scholarship
  • award amount: $1,500
  • any class level
  • GPA of 3.00+
  • financial need is required; planning to major in public health, business, social work or pursuing a degree in engineering or education
  • prospective students submit a letter of recommendation to the Financial Aid Office (finaid@calvin.edu) by February 1; returning students apply through the Calvin Portal
James and Catherine Haveman Family Scholarship
  • award amount: $1,550
  • first-year
  • GPA of 2.50+
  • financial need is required; preference is given to those interested in pre-architecture, elementary education, social work or engineering
  • automatic consideration
Helping Hand Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,150
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.00+
  • financial need is considered; sociology or social work major; preference is given to those with a career interest in serving the homeless; special consideration is given to those who have volunteered at Mel Trotter Ministries, God's Kitchen or Degage Ministries
  • apply through the sociology department
    or the social work department
Leanne Joy Knot Memorial Scholarship
  • award amount: $3,000
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.00+
  • financial need is considered; sociology or social work major; demonstrate a deep love for Jesus Christ as expressed by the Reformed faith and a love for others
  • apply through the sociology department
    or the social work department
Theodore A. Rottman Scholarship in Social Justice
  • award amount: $1,450
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.00+
  • financial need is considered; sociology major; dedicated to a career in social justice; recognizes the crucial nature a Christian perspective can have on a broad range of social justice concerns
  • apply through the sociology department
Roland and Ellen Schroder Family Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,600
  • sophomore
  • GPA of 3.00+
  • financial need is considered; business or sociology major or pursuing an education or engineering program; must have at least one parent who graduated from Calvin College
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
Sociology and Social Work Faculty Scholarship
Arnold and Janice VanderBok Family Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,100
  • first-year
  • GPA of 2.50+
  • financial need is considered; majoring or planning to major in a helping profession such as a social worker, teacher, pastor, nurse, or doctor; fluent in Spanish; first preference is given to north American ethnic minorities, with special preference to Hispanic students; preference is also given to first or second generation Hispanic students
  • prospective students submit a letter to the Financial Aid Office (finaid@calvin.edu) describing your qualifications by February 1; returning students apply through the Calvin Portal
Vanderploeg-Edgerly Scholarship
  • award amount: $1,000
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.00+
  • financial need is not required; psychology, sociology or social work major; agree to write a major paper on the topic of child sexual abuse
  • apply through the psychology department, the sociology department or the social work department
Theodore C. Wagenaar Scholarship
  • award amount: $450
  • sophomore, junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.00+
  • financial need is required; planning to participate in an off-campus interim or semester in the southwest United States; pursuing a degree in social sciences or education, in that order
  • automatic consideration
View all scholarship opportunities

Faculty

Cheryl Brandsen

Cheryl Brandsen
Provost
Professor of Social Work
Department of Sociology
SC 383D
brac@calvin.edu
(616) 526-7322

Jonathan Hill

Jonathan Hill
Assistant Professor
Department of Sociology
SC 217
jph27@calvin.edu
(616) 526-7259

Michelle Loyd-Paige

Michelle Loyd-Paige
Executive Associate to the President for Diversity and Inclusion, Dean of Multicultural Affairs, Professor of Sociology
Department of Sociology
SC 384
lopa@calvin.edu
(616) 526-8703

Elisha Marr

Elisha Marr
Assistant Professor
Department of Sociology
SC 213
emm24@calvin.edu
(616) 526-7019

Mark Mulder

Mark Mulder
Associate Professor
Department of Sociology
SC 229
mtm3@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6755

Todd Vanden Berg

Todd Vanden Berg
Professor
department chair
Department of Sociology
SC 227
tvdberg@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6705

Rachel Venema

Rachel Venema
Assistant Professor of Social Work
Department of Social Work
SC 221
rvenem68@calvin.edu
(616) 526-8741

Roman Williams

Roman Williams
Assistant Professor
Department of Sociology
SC 237
roman.williams@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6026

Talk to us

Michelle Loyd-Paige Michelle Loyd-Paige
Department Co-Chair
Department of Sociology
SC 384
lopa@calvin.edu
(616) 526-8703

Todd Vanden Berg Todd Vanden Berg
Department Co-Chair
Department of Sociology
SC 227
tvdberg@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6705

Admissions

Connect with your counselor via email, phone, or in person. They'd love to hear from you and answer your questions!

Or, ask us your questions on Facebook.

In the fall and spring our counselors travel throughout the world to meet with students—see if they'll be in your area!

Teach This

Interested in teaching? You can gain certification in Sociology as a:

Calvin's teacher education program also contains education-specific course requirements that you must complete prior to certification. See course requirements for:

Professor Robert Keeley talks about the education program.

Learn More

Explore Calvin's teacher education program.

Contact Jonathan Hill for more information about teacher certification in Sociology

Read the teacher education guidebook for more detailed information about certification.

You may also be interested in: