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

Kara Joyner Named Co-Editor of Population Research and Policy Review
Dr. Kara Joyner (right) with Elizabeth Woods
Dr. Kara Joyner (r) with Elizabeth Woods

Professor Kara Joyner is serving a three-year term as Co-Editor of Population Research and Policy Review (PRPR). PRPR is the flagship journal of the Southern Demographic Association. The journal attracts submissions from scholars who represent multiple disciplines and substantive areas within the field of demography. Doctoral student Elizabeth Woods serves as Managing Editor of PRPR. BGSU is proud to host this flagship demography journal that is widely recognized as a top publication outlet in the field. Professor Joyner’s leadership at the helm of PRPR brings international visibility to our well-regarded demography program. Read More about Kara Joyner and the PRPR.

Brian Timm honored at "Three-Minute Thesis" competition
Link to article on three-minute thesis winners
Brian Timm

And the People’s Choice Award for best "Three-Minute Thesis" goes to... Brian Timm, doctoral student! Timm received the $25 prize for his presentation, “The Long Reach of Delinquent Networks in Late Adolescence on Criminal Activity in Early Adulthood." The competition was structured to help graduate students make their own research understandable to the general public. Read more about the competition.

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.