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Greg Sanders

Greg Sanders

Sociology, Social Work, & Criminal Justice Department Chair and Professor of Sociology

Year Started at GC: 1991
Phone: 618.664.6817
Office Hours:

Wed-Fri, 11 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., Mon-Wed-Fri, 2:30 - 3:30 p.m., and by appointment

Areas of Responsibility:

Teaching in the traditional program for sociology, social work, and criminal justice. Overseeing those three programs, advising, teaching in the OL adult degree completion program.


PhD. in Sociology, Western Michigan University, 1995
M.A. in Sociology, Western Michigan University, 1987
B.A. in Music & Psychology, Greenville College, 1980


Soc 101 - Principles of Sociology
Soc 103 - Social Problems
Soc 170, 270, 370 - Professional Seminars 1, 2 and 3
Soc 202 - Statistics
Soc 210 - Research Methods
Soc 301 - Marriage & Family
Soc 360 - Sociology of Cities
Soc 376 - Criminal Law
Soc 380 - Social Theory

NSO Surveys & Analysis, 2005-2013

Publications and Presentations

Freshman Year Experience / NSO 
Surveys: Effects on Retention

Professional Affiliations

Adoption of Technology in Digital Technology, co-author & co-presenter

ISA - Illinois Sociological Association

Full-time Instructor

Department Chairperson

Pastor of the Pocahontas Baptist Church

Musician in the Nice & Easy Band

Related Experiences

Instructor at, Hillsdale College
Part-time Instructor, Western Michigan University
Part-time Instructor, Spring Harbor M.H.R. program
Part-time Instructor, Greenville College GOAL Program 

About Greg Sanders

My favorite things about working at Greenville College are: 1) the Christ-centered environment, and praying before each class, 2) designing fun and creative classes for students, 3) working with outstanding and supportive colleagues, 4) taking cross-cultural trips to Mexico, Ecuador, China, etc., 5) participating in meaningful service projects to help at-risk populations, 6) attending G.C. sports events, theater plays, amazing concerts, and 7) playing indoor soccer and riding my bicycle to work!


What attracted you to the Sociology Department, and how do you use it outside of the classroom?

I have always loved watching people and trying to figure them out. It's not easy! In college I majored in music, psychology, minored in Spanish, but always felt like there was something missing. Sociology, with its emphasis on people and groups, filled the gap for me! I also love social work and criminal justice, with their ability to help the poor and needy (and to get jobs for students!). These subject areas are as wide as the world-wide web, yet as challenging as any physical science. I love being able to study (and teach) things about families, war, poverty, law and justice, music, popular culture, religion and faith, the social evolution of the English language, or just about everything under the sun!


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