Bowling Green State University

Department of Sociology
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The Department of Sociology offers bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees in sociology. We have four substantive specialties including demography, criminology/deviant behavior, and social psychology in addition to family studies. We also feature a strong graduate training program in quantitative methods. There are eleven faculty members specializing in family. The department is home to two major research centers, including the NIH-funded Center for Family and Demographic Research (CFDR, one of 18 population centers in the country), and the National Center for Family & Marriage Research (NCFMR, the only one in the country). Faculty members have brought in over $9 million in research funding in the past five years. Current research foci include cohabitation, family structure and child well-being, aging families, family violence, widowhood, adolescent romantic relationships and sexuality, same-sex marriage, causes and consequences of the decision to marry, intergenerational relationships, work-family dynamics, fertility, and many others.

Program Overview
Program Administrator
Dr. Susan Brown (Chair)
Department Emphasis
  • 25% Family Science
  • 25% Demography
  • 25% Criminology
  • 25% Social Psychology
Campus Enrollment
Program Options
  • Undergraduate
  • Master’s
  • Doctoral
Areas of Study
  • Child or Adolescent Science/Studies - Undergraduate
  • Family Science/Studies - Undergraduate
  • Family Science/Studies - Master's
  • Family Science/Studies - Doctoral
Department Address

Bowling Green, OH 43403-0222
United States

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Undergraduate Program
Undergrad Program Options
  • Family & Social Services
Undergrad Courses Offered
  • The Family
  • Population and Society
  • Sociology of Aging
  • Sociology of Gender
  • Family Violence
  • Minority Groups
  • Fertility and Family Planning
Undergrad Comments

The undergraduate program focuses on the development of knowledge and skills to understand contemporary research on family behaviors and relationships. Majors are required to take courses in sociological theory, research methods, and statistics in addition to introductory sociology. Students may approach the study of the family from either a social psychological or demographic perspective, or both. Internships are also available, and a solid background in theory and research methods is provided.

Graduate Program
Graduate Director
Dr. Stephen Demuth
Graduate Courses Offered
  • Family Theory & Research
  • Social Psychology of the Intimate Dyad
  • Family Demography
  • Sociology of Aging
  • Fertility & Family Planning
  • Adolescence
  • Family Violence
  • Sociology of Gender
  • Population & Society
Master's Level
Masters Program Options
  • Family Studies
Masters Comments

Master's students take required courses in theory, methods, and statistics. Those specializing in family also take at least three seminars in the area and write their master's theses on a family-related topic. Students on assistantship are assigned to work with a faculty member in the family area on his or her teaching and research. An advisor is chosen during the students second semester in residence. Requirements for the program are normally completed within two years.

Doctoral Level
Doctoral Program Options
  • Family Studies
Doctoral Comments

All doctoral students select a major and a minor area of study from among family; criminology/deviant behavior; demography; social psychology; and research methods (minor only). Students must pass a comprehensive written examination in their major area; the dissertation is expected to be in that area as well. Assistantships involve working with faculty members on both teaching and research. Doctoral students are given training in teaching and will normally teach at least one undergraduate class during the course of their programs. Publication of original research, both with faculty and independently, is strongly encouraged and emphasized.

CFLE Information

NCFR recognizes schools offering undergraduate and graduate degree programs with course work that follows the Standards and Criteria required for approval as a Provisional Certified Family Life Educator (CFLE). NCFR approval allows the school to offer their graduates the opportunity to apply for Provisional Certification using the Abbreviated Application process. The CFLE Checklist represents the courses that meet the CFLE criteria at that school. Students must complete all the courses on a checklist in order to qualify to apply for the CFLE designation through the Abbreviated Application process.