Develop a deep understanding of matters that permeate our entire society.
While studying sociology at Calvin, you'll look at groups of people—how they formed into groups and how that will influence future behavior. You'll explore the darker corners of human experience with courses like "Sociology of Deviance," along with more contemporary topics like "Hollywood - A Sociological Perspective." You'll approach every challenging discussion and gripping case study with the guidance of experienced faculty and a worldview rooted in Reformed understanding. And you'll leave Calvin intimately familiar with the tendencies of those you'll meet in the world.
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- Mental health resources
- Mental health resources specifically for black students
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Calvin professor partners on $1 million grant project to help churches be anti-racist
Calvin professor Mark Mulder is part of a trio of researchers helping the Alliance of Baptists denomination understand what it means to be anti-racist, and how to move their congregations toward that desired future state.
News & Stories, November 6, 2020
When meetings become risky business
A data expert at Calvin University's Center for Social Research has created a COVID-19 visual meeting risk calculator that projects how risky one’s social behavior can be based on the estimated infection rate of the region one lives and works in.
News & Stories, March 23, 2020
Eric Washington awarded Professor of the Year
Professor of history Eric Washington is Calvin College's 2018 Professor of the Year, an award given annually by the senior class.
News & Stories, May 14, 2018
Becoming better neighbors
Prof. Mark Mulder writes on how social science can help churches serve better.
Spark, April 01, 2018
Calvin classroom pilots cutting-edge Google technology
In collaboration with Google, the Michigan Colleges Alliance is piloting the Google Course Share Collaboration, a new approach that aims to expand course options at smaller private colleges.
News & Stories, February 8, 2018
Gaining a deeper understanding of congregations in greater Grand Rapids
This year, the Center for Social Research launched a major field interviewing project, the "Greater Grand Rapids Survey of Congregations."
News & Stories, July 27, 2017
Exploring the social sciences and humanities through research
The McGregor Fellowship program provides an eight-week mentoring and research opportunity for social science and humanities students considering graduate school.
News & Stories, July 21, 2017
Engaging the church in global justice through media
Jason Fileta '05 recently produced a documentary about climate change and the church.
News & Stories, August 12, 2016
A journey from simple questions to generations of wisdom
The first ever H.E.A.L.T.H. Camp was held on Calvin's campus in June 2016 for young girls from the Grand Rapids community.
News & Stories, July 8, 2016
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