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


BG Alumni ('12) Examine Incarceration & Probation/Parole   

Drs. Nicole Shoenberger (3rd from left) and Julia Mack (far right), presented their findings to the Erie County Executive Board in PA about prison overcrowding and incarceration and probation/parole in relation to Day Reporting Centers. Way to go!


Brown Published by UC Press

“Families in America,” written by Professor & Chair of Sociology Susan Brown, was recently published by University of California Press. As part of the Sociology in the Twenty-First Century course-book series, Brown employs ethnographic vignettes and demographic data to introduce students to 21st century perspectives on contemporary families. AVAILABLE NOW!


Students Make Learning FUN!

Four of our undergraduate students assisted festival participants and helped with the display at STEM in the Park. More than 5,000 children and adults attended the 8th annual science, technology, engineering, & mathematics event on Saturday, September 23, 2017.  READ MORE