Graduate Program

incoming cohort 2018 featureThe Department of Sociology at Bowling Green State University offers advanced study at both the master's and doctoral levels for students who seek employment in either academic or non-academic settings. The doctoral program is ranked in the top 20 nationally in productivity by the National Research Council. With 20 full-time faculty and approximately 40 funded graduate students, the program features small classes and a high level of interaction between faculty and students in a friendly, informal environment that stresses excellence in both research and teaching. Faculty are accessible to students, and students are regarded as motivated junior scholars. The program offers an abundance of formal and informal opportunities to share ideas, and faculty and students regularly collaborate on research and coauthor papers presented at professional meetings and published in scholarly journals.
Our faculty include the current President of the Population Association of America (PAA), an incoming Editor of Population Research and Policy Review, winner of the Clifford Clogg mid-career award from the PAA, winner of a Top Contributor in Work-Family research, an expert witness to federal cases on sentencing reform, author of the ASA’s amicus brief to the Supreme Court in the landmark Obergefell vs. Hodges case, among many other faculty acclaimed for their research and teaching. In addition, two federally-funded research centers (Center for Family and Demographic Research (CFDR) and National Center for Family & Marriage Research (NCFMR)) are housed in the department as well as the influential Toledo Adolescent and Relationship Study (TARS). Our graduate students are highly active in research, present their work at national sociology, demography, and criminology conferences, and often publish with faculty or independently. Students also receive formal training in the teaching of sociology, and have the opportunity to teach their own courses. Our students receive excellent mentorship and upon graduation, have been well placed in academic and non-academic settings, including R1 research departments (Florida State, Penn State, Nebraska), other universities and liberal arts colleges, government agencies (Census Bureau), think tanks (Child Trends), national research centers (National Opinion Research Center), and the private sector (Nielsen). Visit our Student Placements page for a complete list of placements.
PhD Program

To provide a broad background in general sociology and to create the capacity for the development of rigorous research, teaching, and/or applied skills in at least one area of specialization. Although faculty interests cover a wide range of sub-areas within sociology, the areas of specialization offered in the doctoral program include: 



Family Studies

Social Psychology

Quantitative methods is offered as a minor area of specialization at the PhD level.

Quantitative Methods

Director of Graduate Studies
raymond swisher

Raymond R. Swisher
Professor, Department of Sociology
Bowling Green State University
Bowling Green, OH 43403

For students interested in a terminal MA degree, we offer an additional area of concentration in applied demography.

Applied Demography

Research Centers

The department houses two research centers:

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