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Dr. Chien-Juh Gu leads the WMU Sociology Club.

Dr. Chien-Juh Gu, associate professor of sociology, has started a Sociology Club.  The purpose of the club is to connect students across campus who are interested in learning about sociology. Through various activities, such as sociologists' talks, book discussions, and alumni nights, the Sociology Club aims to promote public understanding of sociology. Above is a photo of Dr. Ron Kramer meeting with the students at a meeting. Kramer came to talk to students about how he got into sociology, his research and teaching, and his passion for baseball. Contact Dr. Chien-Juh Gu at for more information.

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