Monday, October 8, 2012

Bowling Green Sociology

In the old days graduate programs sent out posters with reply cards for us to hang in departmental hallways.  Now, sometimes, they send along an email.  This blog seems like a reasonable place to "hang" the email for all to see.  Such re-posting is not a special endorsement, just a passing along...

Dear Prospective Sociology Graduate Student:

I encourage you to apply to our graduate program in Sociology at Bowling Green State University. We offer M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in four areas of concentration: Criminology/Deviance, Demography, Family Studies, and Social Psychology. Bowling Green Sociology is a top-20 ranked program according to the National Research Council based on objective indicators of program quality. Our high overall ranking is due in part to the high rankings we received for research productivity and student support and outcomes.

Below are several unique features of our program that I think you will find particularly attractive:

§   Financial support for domestic and international students through research and teaching assistantships that include tuition waivers and stipends. Current academic year stipends range from $11000-$15000 per year. Funding is guaranteed for 2 years for M.A. students and 4 years for PhD. students, provided satisfactory academic progress is maintained. Students in the program may also apply for summer funding and funds to attend and present papers at national conferences.

§   Opportunities to work closely with faculty as research and teaching apprentices, and to collaborate with faculty and other graduate students on research projects, many of them resulting in co-authored publications.

§   Small graduate seminars led by highly productive faculty offer advanced training in our four areas, in addition to cutting-edge and highly marketable analytic techniques.

§   Highly supportive graduate student and departmental culture. Our students report that they find the department both supportive and challenging. The active Sociology Graduate Student Association provides opportunities for meaningful participation in departmental governance and other issues affecting student life.

§   Opportunities to affiliate with two major research centers housed in the department: the NIH-funded Center for Family and Demographic Research and the ASPE-funded National Center for Family and Marriage Research. These centers provide many resources to students, including: research assistantships, colloquia series, training in statistical programming, and opportunities to network with prominent scholars from other universities.

§   Strong placements in academic and research positions at universities, government agencies, business firms, and research centers.

I invite you to explore our website (, which contains detailed information about our program, including the application process. In addition, check us out on Facebook ( Students wishing to be considered for fall semester funding should submit their applications by January 30.

Feel free to contact me (419-372-7260 or or any faculty in our department for more information about opportunities in our program.

Best Regards,
Stephen Demuth
Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies

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