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.
Fall 2019 Capstone Poster Presenters
Fall 2019 Capstone 4800 Poster Presenters pictured with Associate Professor Raymond Swisher (far right)


What can you do with a Sociology Degree?

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

News and Stories

Kyle Thompson receives CURS Diversity award
Kyle Thompson (middle) pictured with Jennifer McCary, Chief Diversity and Belonging Officer (left) and Associate Professor Stephen Demuth

Congratulations to Kyle Thomspson who recently received the CURS (Center for Undergraduate Research & Scholarship) Symposium on Diversity award for his research "Nonprofit Methodology of Advocacy for Black People in Columbus, Ohio." CURS offers undergraduate students the opportunity to disseminate findings on critical issues within their respective fields.


Researchers study factors affecting formation of interracial relationships

Sociologists Grace Kao (Yale), Kara Joyner (BGSU), and Kelly Stamper Balistreri (BGSU) examine how race, gender, socioeconomic status, and other factors affect the formation of interracial friendships and romantic relationships among youth in their new publication The Company We Keep.

Dr. Jess Calarco leads SGSA Teaching Workshop
Dr. Jessica Calarco

The Sociology Graduate Student Association hosted an afternoon workshop for those wanting to develop strong & new pedagogical techniques, strategies, and experiences relevant to teaching in the discipline of Sociology. Dr. Jess Calarco, associate professor of Sociology at the University of Indiana, led this year's one-day workshop.


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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.

Department of Sociology

Dr. Susan L. Brown, Chair
Bowling Green State University
Bowling Green, OH 43403

Williams Hall
Bowling Green, Ohio 43403
Phone: 419-372-2294
Fax: 419-372-8306