Graduate Program

The Department of Sociology at Bowling Green State University offers advanced study at both the master's and doctoral levels for students who seek employment in either academic or non-academic settings. The doctoral program is ranked in the top 20 nationally in productivity by the National Research Council. With 20 full-time faculty and approximately 40 funded graduate students, the program features small classes and a high level of interaction between faculty and students in a friendly, informal environment that stresses excellence in both research and teaching. Faculty are accessible to students, and students are regarded as motivated junior scholars. The program offers an abundance of formal and informal opportunities to share ideas, and faculty and students regularly collaborate on research and coauthor papers presented at professional meetings and published in scholarly journals.

To provide a broad background in general sociology and to create the capacity for the development of rigorous research, teaching, and/or applied skills in at least one area of specialization. Although faculty interests cover a wide range of sub-areas within sociology, the areas of specialization offered in the doctoral program include: 



Family Studies

Social Psychology


Quantitative Methods

Applied Demography

Research Centers

The department houses two research centers:

Center for Family and Demographic Research

National Center for Family & Marriage Research

Director of Graduate Studies

Stephen Demuth
Associate Professor, Department of Sociology
Bowling Green State University
Bowling Green, OH 43403