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Bachelor of Arts
The BGSU sociology major or minor provides an essential foundation for understanding the society we live in, and how our relationships with people and institutions affect wide-ranging outcomes from family formation to immigration, cohabitation, crime, as well as various inequalities, such as racial, gender, and socioeconomic.
A BGSU major in sociology supplies many of the skills a 21st-century employee needs to tackle new problems throughout one’s career.
Employers value research, critical thinking, and analytical skills across all realms of the economy. Sociology builds and hones these skills, which are essential for many areas of employment.
Sociology is excellent preparation for a graduate degree or a pre-professional degree. Many of our recent sociology graduates have gone on to law, medical, and business schools.
Students may apply for three scholarships endowed by alumni, former faculty and other supporters of the Department of Sociology.
Internships and Research Opportunities
Sociology internships may be completed in a range of fields, providing experiential learning and credentials. For example, internships were recently conducted in a social justice organization running a digital campaign on gentrification and as a human resources management intern in a grocery chain.
Research experience provides students with the specialized skills needed to compete successfully in today’s job market. Sociology students obtain extracurricular experience conducting research as part of the BGSU CURS program, as well as working on grant-funded research with sociology faculty.
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
- Criminal Justice
- Health Care
- Human Services
- Public Administration
- Population Analysis
- Social Work
- Policy Research
Alpha Kappa Delta - sociology honor society
Alpha Kappa Delta (AKD) is the International Sociology Honor Society founded in 1920 at the University of Southern California by Dr. Emory S. Bogardus. The name, Alpha Kappa Delta, represents the first letters of three Greek words: anthropon (mankind), katamanthanein (to investigate thoroughly or to conduct research) and diakonesein (for the purpose of service). The name, freely interpreted, signifies the importance of social research for the purpose of service. There are more than 600 chapters of the AKD International Honor Society and more than 97,000 lifetime members.
BGSU Sociology Graduate Student Association
In order to foster our continuous growth as professionals, scholars, and community members, we, the graduate students of Bowling Green State University’s Department of Sociology, shall organize together and strive to provide training and opportunities above and beyond that which may be gained through standard seminar and assistantship experiences.
The organization works to strengthen the graduate student community through membership in a cohesive and inclusive organization; coordinates workshops, conferences, and various other activities that promote personal, academic and professional development; and encourages scholarly collaboration to promote the advancement of social science research.
Finding Your Voice in Social Justice Learning Community
In the Finding Your Voice in Social Justice Learning Community, you will learn about activating social change from university and community leaders and organizers. We will introduce you to campus resources and help you foster connections with other students, faculty, BGSU leaders, and community organizers.
We hope to create bridges between home and campus communities through these efforts, build connections among students, and connect students to resources available at BGSU.
American Sociological Association
The American Sociological Association, founded in 1905, is the national professional membership association for sociologists and others who are interested in sociology. ASA’s mission is to serve sociologists in their work, advance sociology as a science and profession, and promote the contributions and use of sociology to society. ASA members include students, scholars, and teachers working in a full range of educational institutions and people employed in government agencies and nonprofit and private sector organizations.
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 most recently underwent Program/Cluster Review in the 2021/22 academic year.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Updated: 08/30/2022 11:59AM