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

Professor Emeritus Al DeMaris Retires After 30 Year at BGSU     

The career and contribution of Dr. Alfred DeMaris, a professor of sociology since 1988, was honored by the Bowling Green State University Board of Trustees with the granting of emeritus status. His research has focused on issues and factors in families and romantic relationships. An expert in social statistics, he has also served as the statistician for the Center for Family and Demographic Research. Read More

Distinguished Professor Susan Brown Receives Clifford C. Clogg Award

Susan Brown, Distinguished Professor and Chair of Sociology, was honored with the Clifford C. Clogg Award for Mid-Career Achievement. As her colleagues, leaders in the field and current/former editors of major journals (Demography, JMF, Journal of Gerontology) stated in Brown's nomination letter, "we believe this is an outstanding record that deserves recognition. Her record of productivity and impact on the field can be seen as even more remarkable against the backdrop of her service activities and generosity in developing the capacities of other faculty and students at BGSU. Read More

Ray Swisher Appointed as Graduate Director        

Professor Raymond Swisher
Associate Professor Stephen Demuth

Professor Ray Swisher has been appointed as Graduate Director, replacing Associate Professor Steve Demuth after 8 years. Welcome aboard, Ray, and thanks to Steve who has done a great job shepherding students through our program and building our reputation on and off campus. Ray and Steve have been working together these past few months to ensure a smooth transition. We appreciate their willingness to serve in this vital leadership role. Meet the New Director!