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

Congratulations Award Winners and Graduates!

Sociology faculty celebrated the accomplishments of our majors in two online ceremonies. On Thursday, May 7, a WebEx awards ceremony honored scholarship winners, new inductees into Alpha Kappa Delta, and graduate students earning their masters degrees. Vice Provost Glenn Davis shared remarks highlighting the importance of sociology in addressing current events.

Awards Ceremony Program

The following week, graduating seniors and their family and friends joined sociology faculty for a virtual commencement ceremony for sociology majors. Dean Ray Craig was the speaker and Associate Dean Marcus Sherrell presented the candidates for BA degrees in sociology.

Commencement Ceremony Program
Lindsey Aldrich named 2019 Outstanding Graduate Student Teaching Associate (TI)
Lindsey Aldrich

Congratulations to Lindsey Aldrich, recipient of the 2019 Outstanding Graduate Student Teaching Associate (TI) Award. The purpose of this award is to encourage and reward excellence in undergraduate teaching and to recognize fellow teaching assistants as valued colleagues.

We commend you on your fine scholarly contributions, as this award demonstrates that you are respected and thought of highly by your students and your peers and are among the very best graduate assistants who are teaching on the #BGSU campus...way to go!
Colleagues awarded National Science Foundation (NSF) funding
L-R: Drs. Wendy Manning, Peggy Giordano, & Monica Longmore

Drs. Giordano, Longmore and Manning received funding from the National Science Foundation titled, “The Coronavirus Pandemic: Predictors and Consequences of Compliance with Social Distancing Recommendations Designed to Mitigate COVID-19 Spread.”

The study goals are to identify factors associated with variability in compliance with the recent social distancing guidelines implemented in the wake of the novel coronavirus pandemic, and consequences of social distancing for emotional (e.g., depression) and behavioral (e.g., substance use)  health and the functioning of intimate relationships.  The study builds on an ongoing longitudinal investigation of the lives of a large, diverse sample of young adults interviewed first as adolescents, and includes in-depth interviews as well as survey data.

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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