Department of Sociology

Department of Sociology

Winter 2020-2021

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

ASR appoints Manning to three-year term
Distinguished Professor Wendy D. Manning
Distinguished Professor Wendy D. Manning has been appointed to a three-year term as Deputy Editor of the American Sociological Review (ASR), the flagship journal of the American Sociological Association and the premiere journal in our field. This appointment is a testament to Wendy's national reputation as a leading sociologist. Her term began January 1, 2021. Way to go, Wendy!

ASR Editorial Board Members

Kagan Mellencamp receives distinguished thesis award
Kagan Mellencamp
Congratulations to Kagan Mellencamp, recipient of the 2020 Graduate College Distinguished Thesis Award for his thesis, “Depressive Symptoms Trajectories Following Child Death in Later Life: Variation by Race-Ethnicity.” Professsor I-Fen Lin is his thesis advisor. Way to go, Kagan!


Graduate News

BGSU population scientist 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.

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