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Welcome to Sociology at Calvin

Who's in your circle?

StudentsEver wonder why some people are in your circle and others are not? Where do you live? Do you ever think about why some people live in the suburbs, others in the country and still others in the city?

Consider these and many other questions when you study sociology at Calvin. What is sociology? Find out.

Learn more about majors and minors in sociology, search for sociology scholarships and learn about research and internship opportunities that can give you helpful practical experience in the work place.

You can also find out what kind of jobs are available to those with a career in sociology, and discover what some of our recent graduates are doing.

News and Events

Prof. Mulder in Detroit Free Press

Prof. Mark Mulder was quoted in an article about the Detroit Church.

January Series

This year's January Series featured Prof. Kurt Ver Beek as a speaker. Watch or listen to his talk from January 22, 2016, entitled, "Reframing Justice: Models from Honduras."

Bouma Lecture Audio

Lisa Sharon Harper's Bouma Lecture, "Peace, Race, & Poverty," is available here.

Black Out & Teach In

The Sociology & Social Work Department will be participating in Black-Out Friday (12/4). In addition to wearing black to show solidarity we will have a teach-in at the following times to discuss the themes in this blog post by Joseph Kuilema.
Teach-in opportunities open to all students include:
- 10:30-11:20am SC 202 led by Joseph Kuilema and Stacia Hoeksma
- 10:30-11:20am SC 203 led by Lissa Schwander
- 11:30am-12:20pm SC 203 led by Lissa Schwander
- 1:30-2:20pm SC 203 led by Elisha Marr

2015 Bouma Lecture

Event information may be found here.

Lisa Sharon Harper, Sojourners’ senior director of mobilizing, was the founding executive director of New York Faith & Justice—an organization at the hub of a new ecumenical movement to end poverty in New York City. In that capacity, she helped establish Faith Leaders for Environmental Justice, a citywide collaborative effort of faith leaders committed to leveraging the power of their constituencies and their moral authority in partnership with communities bearing the weight of environmental injustice. She also organized faith leaders to speak out for immigration reform and organized the South Bronx Conversations for Change, a dialogue-to-change project between police and the community.

She has written extensively on tax reform, comprehensive immigration reform, health-care reform, poverty, racial justice, and transformational civic engagement for publications and blogs including The National Civic Review, God’s Politics blog, The Huffington Post, Urban Faith, Prism, and Slant33.

Harper’s faith-rooted approach to advocacy and organizing has activated people across the U.S. and around the world to address structural and political injustice as an outward demonstration of their personal faith.

Her first book, Evangelical Does Not Equal Republican…or Democrat, offers a power-packed look at the roots of evangelical faith, how evangelicals strayed so far from those roots, and what is bringing them back.

Her second book, Left, Right & Christ: Evangelical Faith in Politics, was co-written with D.C. Innes (an evangelical Republican who is also a Tea-Partier). Harper and Innes explore their philosophies of government and business, as well as six major issues that the next generation of evangelicals must wrestle with to be faithful witnesses in the public square.

Harper co-founded and co-directed the Envision 2008: The Gospel, Politics, and the Future conference on the campus of Princeton University (June 2008) and co-chaired the Envision 2011: Caring for the Community of Creation: Environmental Justice, Climate Change, and Prophetic Witness symposium in New York City (June 2011). She was the recipient of Sojourners’ inaugural Organizers Award and the Harlem “Sisters of Wisdom” Award. She was celebrated on Rick Warren’s website as one of the inaugural “Take Action Heroes,” and was recently named fifth among the “13 Religious Women to Watch in 2012” by the Center for American Progress.

She earned her master’s in human rights from Columbia University in New York City. Harper serves on the board of directors of the New Evangelical Partnership for the Common Good and is a member of Metro Hope Church in New York City, an Evangelical Covenant Church.