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 17 full-time faculty and approximately 40 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 includes a past President of the Population Association of America (PAA), a Sutherland Award winner (the highest honor from American Society of Criminology), a PAA Clifford Clogg award recipient (for outstanding mid-career scholars), a scholar named a "Top Contributor" by the Work and Family Researchers Network, an expert witness to federal cases on bail reform, an author of the American Sociological Association's (ASA) amicus brief to the Supreme Court in the landmark Obergefell v. 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.
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:
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.