Graduate Program

The 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.
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

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

Applied Demography

Graduate students learn how to teach sociology in SOC 6600

raymond swisher

Director of Graduate Studies

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