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?

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

News and Stories

Kei Nomaguchi begins new role as Director of Graduate Studies
Dr. Kei Nomaguchi
Professor Kei Nomaguchi was appointed Director of Graduate Studies in May. She has been enjoying getting to know our eight energetic students of the 2020 cohort in our brand new Professional Development course. In her research, Kei continues to investigate parenting, work and family, parent-child relationships, and the well-being of children and parents. She has published extensively on social determinants of parenting and parental well-being, including her recent decade-in-review article for Journal of Marriage and Family. Kei’s work has been funded by the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. She was named 2018 “Top 50” Overall Contributor to Work and Family Research by the Work and Family Researchers Network. Currently she is working on her new projects on racial/ethnic differences in parenting and children’s activities using national data sets.
Congratulations PhD and MA summer graduates!
The Sociology Graduate Commencement ceremony was held via WebEx on Thursday August 13. Faculty and staff celebrated the accomplishments of four PhD students, Mitch Gresham, Paul Hemez, Elizabeth Howe-Huist, and Marissa Landeis, and two MA students, Ian King and Alyssa Vielee. Congratulations to all of our summer graduates!
BGSU population scientist Kelly Stamper Balistreri digs into data to find answers
Dr. Kelly Stamper Balistreri
Associate Professor Kelly Stamper Balistreri works with statewide health agencies and academia to help improve the health of Ohio residents. As a member of the executive committee for the Ohio Medicaid Assessment Survey (started in 1997), Balistreri helps develop survey questions, plans the field work to ask the questions, and analyzes the collected data. After receiving several grants, she became involved with the survey and was asked to be on the 40-member executive committee that administers the surveys. She notes that social determinants have become an important focus when studying health, stating “Health doesn’t just happen by our behaviors - what we eat, whether we smoke and exercise. It’s formed from where we’re born, where we grow up, how we live, where we live.”


Statewide survey helps improve health care for Ohioans

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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.