Social Sciences, Human Services and Program Management


Your desire to help people solve problems and live more satisfying lives has a place here at BGSU where our programs in social sciences, human services and program management lead to successful public service careers. You can pursue such fields as criminal justice, fire administration, gerontology, health care administration, child or public welfare, substance abuse, political science, psychology, social work, sociology, sport management or tourism, leisure studies and event planning.

Most of the majors have affiliated student organizations that provide excellent speakers, trips and social functions for members, as well as networking and professional development opportunities.

Some highlights of these programs include the recent expansion of the criminal justice program to include a specialization in forensic investigation, where students can benefit from a partnership with the state, which is locating an Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation crime 
lab on the campus.

BGSU offers a wide variety of career options within the human services industries, including gerontology, health care administration, social work and human development and family studies.

Students choosing to pursue the study of social sciences at BGSU, including political science, psychology and sociology, will have the chance to work with nationally recognized faculty in the classroom and through research projects.

BGSU’s sport management program – one of the largest and most diversified undergraduate programs in the nation – trains students to be competitive in the $200 billion a year U.S. sports industry.

At BGSU, aspiring tourism and event planning specialists gain the knowledge and skills necessary for working in the two industries. Whether they are interested in travel, lodging, attractions, events or festivals, or conventions, the BGSU program helps students capitalize on the flourishing tourism and event industry.

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BGSU has one of the strongest industrial/organizational psychology programs in the world. Additionally, BGSU is home to the National Center for Family and Marriage Research, which conducts demographic research on human relationships. Working with these faculty members on research projects will provide you with cutting edge knowledge in the field of psychology and sociology. You will discover numerous opportunities for internships and research projects in social sciences, human services and program management majors, including the ability to work side by side with professionals in the field. Student organizations are available for many of the majors, providing you the chance to hear excellent speakers and participate in informational trips and social functions, as well as network and develop professional skills.

Career Options

The career prospects in these areas are strong—those majoring in the human services sector may go into criminal investigations, administration, public health services or community development. In the social sciences, students frequently enter politics or government agencies or go on to graduate and professional schools. The career prospects for sport management and tourism, leisure and event 
planning include working with professional sports teams or sports broadcasters, or the travel and hospitality industry.


  • Melanie Stretchbery ‘81 | superintendent of the Wood County Board of Developmental Disabilities
  • William P. Harper ‘76 | former assistant director for the Ohio Department of Mental Health, and currently executive director of the United Way of Greater Lorain County
  • Richard R. Nedelkoff ’80 | chief executive officer at Specialized Alternatives for Families and Youth