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.


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What can you do with a Sociology degree?

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

News and Stories

Lin earns Olscamp Research award

Professor I-Fen Lin
Congratulations to Professor I-Fen Lin who has been honored with the Olscamp Research Award. This award is presented to faculty members who have achieved outstanding scholarly or creative accomplishments during the previous three-year period.

Read more about Professor Lin's achievements...

2021 Faculty Excellence Awards

Maddoff remains dedicated to community engagement
Maddi Georgoff (BA 2015) and Dr. Shannon Orr

Maddie Georgoff, BG of sociology 2015, was recognized for her community engagement.

"I was really interested in this for practical experience and evaluation experience, but the more I got into it, I found more of a passion and an interest in public health,” she said.”

Read more about Maddi Georgoff...

Class of 2021: Maddi Georgoff advances dedication to community engagement

Anyawie wins Shanklin Award
Congratulations to Maurice Anyawie (PhD '21) who won first place at the 2021 Shanklin Research Excellence Paper Award for his paper “Racial Assortative Mating, Immigration, and Marriage Timing in the U.S.” Wendy Manning is his advisor.

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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