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

Peggy Giordano receives Edwin L. Sutherland Award
BGSU Faculty Feature focuses on Jenjira Yahirun
Andrea Kreig recognized during 2019 Homecoming
Peggy Giordano
Distinguished Professor Emeritus Peggy Giordano
Jenjira Yahirun poses for the camera while sitting on a desk with her research slide in the background
Assistant Professor Jenjira Yahirun
Dr. Andrea Krieg

Congratulations to Distinguished Professor Emeritus Peggy Giordano who was named this year's Edwin L. Sutherland Award winner. The American Society of Criminology recently recognized Dr. Giordano for her outstanding contributions to the field of criminology at the ASC awards ceremony during the annual meeting.

BGSU Faculty Features recently interviewed Assistant Professor Jenjira Yahirun. When Dr. Yahirun was asked what excited her about joining the Department, she answered, "I have followed and admired the cutting-edge research coming out of the Sociology department at BGSU." She also looks forward to collaborating with new colleagues, graduate students, and undergraduate students on research at the forefront of family and health demography. Read more...

BGSU alumnus ('15) Dr. Andrea Krieg received the "10 Under 10" award during 2019 Homecoming festivities. The award was created to honor the accomplishments of recent alumni. Dr. Krieg is now an assistant professor of criminal justice at Elmhurst College in Illinois and is serving as a member of the BGSU Recent Alumni Council. Read more...

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.