Department of Sociology

Department of Sociology

Welcome to Fall 2019!


Welcome to the Sociology department...

...a vibrant community of students and faculty who are at the forefront of the discipline. Sociologists study the world around us to uncover how society works. Our dedicated, highly qualified faculty engage with students in and outside of the classroom. Students learn how to do sociology not only through their formal coursework but also by working alongside faculty on cutting-edge sociological research. These opportunities provide our students with the specialized skills needed to successfully compete in today’s labor market.
Distinguished Professor and Chair of Sociology Susan Brown addresses students in campus classroom


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What can you do with a Sociology Degree?

A sociology degree serves as an excellent springboard for a variety careers in many diverse fields. Read More

News and Stories

BGSU alumnus Andrea Kreig honored during 2019 Homecoming
Dr. Andrea Krieg

Dr. Andrea Krieg ('15) received the "10 Under 10" award during 2019 Homecoming festivities. The award was created to honor the accomplishments of recent alumni. Dr. Krieg, now an assistant professor of criminal justice at Elmhurst College in Illinois, teaches a variety of courses, maintains an active research agenda, serves as the faculty adviser for the local chapter of the National Criminal Justice Honor Society. Additionally, she is a member of the BGSU Recent Alumni Council. Read more...

Kyle Thompson honored during McNair Scholars Program
Senior Kyle Thompson honored at McNair Scholars program
Kyle Thompson (r) & Dr. Steve Demuth

Congratulations to rising senior Kyle Thompson who was recognized for his excellence in research at the McNair Scholars Program luncheon in July. The program encourages students to pursue graduate studies by providing opportunities to define goals, engage in research, and develop the skills and student/faculty mentor relationships critical to success at the doctoral level.

Paul Hemez receives
Adamchak Award
Paul Hemez wins Adamchak Award for academic excellence
Paul Hemez

Congratulations to Paul Hemez, PhD candidate, this year’s winner of the Adamchak Award. Established by Donald and Susan Adamchak (both who earned graduate degrees in sociology from BGSU), the award recognizes a graduate student's research excellence in demography. Paul will continue working with the Center for Family and Demographic Research on the Bowling Green State University campus during the summer months.

Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of the baccalaureate degree, students in Sociology Studies are expected to 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.

Accreditation and/or Program/Cluster Review
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.

Professional Licensure (If applicable)
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.

Gainful Employment (If applicable)
Under the Higher Education Act Title IV disclosure requirements, an institution must provide current and prospective students with information about each of its programs that prepares students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation.

The Sociology program is not a recognized occupation that requires a Gainful Employment disclosure.