Read the Interview with Dr. Chien-Juh Gu about her new book on gender, social psychology and migration.

As an immigrant from Taiwan, Dr. Chien-Juh Gu, associate professor of sociology, knows first-hand the prejudice immigrants often face. Her latest book, “The Resilient Self: Gender, Immigration and Taiwanese Americans,” examines how international migration reshapes women’s senses of themselves.


Read the Fall/Winter 2018 issue of "The Socializer"

Western Michigan University is flexible and responsive to the ever-changing demands of the world. To meet the needs of society, WMU investigates, develops, and produces new knowledge; contributes to technological and economic advancement; and elevates the human condition through community outreach and engaged scholarship.


Interested in sociology or criminal justice? The Department of Sociology at Western Michigan University offers programs in criminal justice and sociology.

  • Criminal justice students study the components of the justice system and its assumptions and implications for society.
  • Internships are often available and many interns pursue careers in the justice system.
  • Sociology students study a somewhat broader range of institutions—educational, political, medical, religious and others—and problems including poverty, inequality, racism, sexism and economic dislocation.
  • Both majors share a set of core methods and theories and both seek to understand the interdependencies of individuals, families, social groups and normative and regulatory systems in a society. Increasingly, this is done cross-nationally and cross-culturally as well as in direct examination of global systems of interdependence.

Graduate programs stressing both theory and method include master's and doctoral programs. Check out our new accelerated MA program!

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