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.


What can you do with a Sociology Degree?

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

I-Fen Lin Awarded Fellow Status During GSA Annual Conference
I-Fen Lin, professor, with President of Gerontological Society of America
Drs. I-Fen Lin and David Ekerdt

Dr. I-Fen Lin was awarded Fellow status for her outstanding and continuing work in the field of gerontology at the Gerontological Society of America (GSA) annual meeting in November 2018. She was recognized during the Behavioral and Social Sciences (BSS) Section Business Meeting and Awards Presentation by GSA President David Ekerdt. The GSA is the world’s oldest and largest interdisciplinary
organization devoted to research, education, and practice in the field of aging.

Cohort Class of 2018-19 Welcomed by Students and Faculty

Under the leadership of Graduate Director Ray Swisher, we welcomed the cohort class of 2018-2019. The incoming class of 11 students began their fall semester with graduate student orientation and were welcomed to the department by current graduate students. In addition, two of our faculty, Tom Mowen and John Boman, offered an outstanding STATA Boot Camp workshop. Welcome to the Department! Check out our graduate program.

Wendy Manning
Recognized with Endowed Distinguished Professorship
Drs. Howard Aldrich, Wendy Manning, and BGSU mascot Frieda Falcon
Drs. Howard Aldrich and Wendy Manning with Frieda Falcon

Wendy Manning has been appointed to the Dr. Howard E. and Penny Daum Aldrich Distinguished Professorship in Sociology. This Professorship is designed to recognize and retain exceptional faculty, and we are tremendously fortunate to have her as our colleague at BGSU. The Distinguished Professorship was gifted to the institution by Howard and Penny Aldrich, both of whom are graduates of BGSU. Howard Aldrich is Kenan Distinguished Professor of Sociology at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. Read more about Wendy Manning.

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.