The Sociology program is part of the Department of Sociology in the BGSU College of Arts and Sciences.

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Bachelor of Arts


Sociology provides an important foundation for understanding the small and large groups, communities, and society we live in. Sociologists focus on social issues such as poverty, changing family structures, housing and employment, crime and punishment, population changes, and human interaction with the environment. Sociology empowers students with an appreciation of diversity and an examination of inequality within society. Sociology courses prepare students for a range of professions in law, human services, social justice and change, and policy and research.

Quality classroom experiences

Sociology at BGSU is a nationally recognized program. Our research faculty are nationally and internationally known and have received many awards and honors for their research. Sociology students have the opportunity to gain research experience by conducting an independent project or participating in faculty research projects.

The Sociology Department houses two national research centers, the Center for Family and Demographic Research and the National Center for Family and Marriage Research, which are widely recognized for their outstanding contributions to social science, provide critical resources that enhance faculty and student scholarship across multiple disciplines, and foster a collaborative research environment for training and mentoring students.

Stand Out in courses like

  • Religion and Society
  • Health and Society
  • Wealth, Power and Inequality
  • Environmental Sociology
  • Crime and Punishment
  • Sociology of Family Violence


To ensure a basic foundation, all sociology majors are required to take the introductory sociology course and at least one course in research methods, statistics, and social theory. The BGSU sociology program also includes courses in interviewing, data analysis, program evaluation, report writing, and social survey techniques. Sociology majors have a capstone requirement for graduation. Students may choose an area of concentration, including criminology/corrections, family and social services, or population studies.

The Sociology Department houses two national research centers widely recognized for their outstanding contributions to social science.

Internships and Careers

Students may apply for two scholarships endowed by alumni from the Department of Sociology. Sociology internships may be completed in a range of fields, providing experiential learning and credentials. Formal coursework and participation in sociological research provide students with the specialized skills needed to compete successfully in today’s job market.

Average Starting Salary & BGSU Placement Rate

$42,750 BGSU Sociology graduates average starting salary.

93.94% of Sociology graduates report they’re employed, in graduate school or starting a business within six months of graduation.

Go Far in your career

  • Criminology
  • Criminal Justice
  • Education
  • Government
  • Health Care
  • Public Administration
  • Population Analysis
  • Social Services
  • Social Work
  • Sociological Research

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The Sociology program is part of the Department of Sociology in the BGSU College of Arts and Sciences.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the baccalaureate degree, students in sociology will be able to:

  • Apply a sociological perspective, built upon an understanding of basic sociological constructs and theories, to various areas of social life;
  • Explicate the diverse ways in which sociologists gather, interpret, and evaluate data;
  • Articulate sociologically informed opinions and arguments concerning social and behavioral phenomena, and critically read and understand sociological argument;
  • Describe the similarities and dissimilarities of behaviors, attitudes, values, beliefs, and opinions across populations and subpopulations.

Bowling Green State University [BGSU] is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. BGSU has been accredited by the Higher Learning Commission since 01/01/1916. The most recent reaffirmation of accreditation was received in 2012-2013. Questions should be directed to the Office of Institutional Effectiveness.

The Sociology program is currently undergoing Program/Cluster Review.

Bowling Green State University programs leading to licensure, certification and/or endorsement, whether delivered online, face-to-face or in a blended format, satisfy the academic requirements for those credentials set forth by the State of Ohio.

Requirements for licensure, certification and/or endorsement eligibility vary greatly from one profession to another and from state to state. The sociology program does not lead to professional licensure.

* Job placement and salary information was compiled by the Office of Academic Assessment through the Graduation Survey from AY2015-2018. The data are gathered around the time of Commencement and a follow-up survey six months post Commencement. For the salary question, data for programs with fewer than fifteen responses are not included. Salaries for those programs are from the National Association of Colleges and Employers Summer 2019 Survey. For questions regarding the data, contact

Updated: 10/05/2020 01:28PM