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

Cohort Class of 2018-19 Welcomed by Students and Faculty

Under the leadership of Graduate Director Ray Swisher, we recently welcomed the cohort class of 2018-2019. The incoming class of 11 students began their fall semester with graduate student orientation and were welcomed to the department by current graduate students. In addition, two of our faculty, Tom Mowen and John Boman, offered an outstanding STATA Boot Camp workshop. Welcome to the Department! Check out our graduate program.

Wendy Manning
Recognized with Endowed Distinguished Professorship
Drs. Howard Aldrich and Wendy Manning with Freida Falcon

Wendy Manning has been appointed to the Dr. Howard E. and Penny Daum Aldrich Distinguished Professorship in Sociology. This Professorship is designed to recognize and retain exceptional faculty, and we are tremendously fortunate to have her as our colleague at BGSU. The Distinguished Professorship was gifted to the institution by Howard and Penny Aldrich, both of whom are graduates of BGSU. Howard Aldrich is Kenan Distinguished Professor of Sociology at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. Read more about Wendy Manning.

Christopher Dennison & Steve Demuth, a "Work in Progress"      

Former graduate student Christopher R. Dennison and Associate Professor Stephen Demuth recently posted a blog on Work in Progress about the relationship between involvement in the criminal justice system and achieved socioeconomic status (SES), as well as the moderating effect of ascribed SES. Work in Progress is a project of the American Sociological Association's (ASA) Sections on Organizations, Occupations, and Work, Economic Sociology, Labor and Labor Movements, and Inequality, Poverty, and Mobility. Read Work in Progress blog.