Ohio University

Sociology-Criminology Major B.A.

  • Specialty in criminology listed on transcript
  • Preparation for criminal justice careers ranging from juvenile probation to substance abuse counseling to federal law enforcement
  • Preparation for graduate study in sociology, criminology, or law

Admissions Information

Degree Requirements & Sample 4-Year Program

Program Overview

The Sociology-Criminology major is designed for students who desire careers in some aspect of criminal justice or who are planning to seek graduate degrees in an area related to the criminal justice system, yet who wish to receive a broad liberal arts education at the same time.

Students completing the program receive a degree in Sociology with the specialty in criminology listed on the transcript. Thus, requirements include many courses required of all Sociology majors, as well as more specialized courses in criminology and criminal justice. Some courses outside of Sociology also are included, giving the program an interdisciplinary focus.

Careers and Graduate School

Graduates of the program are employed in a wide variety of occupations ranging from juvenile probation to substance abuse counseling to federal law enforcement.

Other students have used the criminology program as a foundation for graduate study in sociology, criminology, or law.

Admissions Information

Freshman/First-Year Admission: No requirements beyond University admission requirements.

Change of Program Policy: No selective or limited admission requirements.

External Transfer Admission: No requirements beyond University admission requirements.

Degree Requirements

University-wide Graduation Requirements

To complete this program, students must meet all University-wide graduation requirements.

College-Level Requirements for the College of Arts & Sciences

View the College-Level Requirements for the College of Arts & Sciences.

Sociology Hours Requirement

Complete a total of 30 semester credit hours of SOC coursework, including all the requirements below.

Sociology Core Courses

Earn a "C" or better in the following three courses:

  • SOC 1000 - Introduction to Sociology Credit Hours: 3
  • SOC 3000 - Development of Sociological Theory Credit Hours: 3
  • SOC 3500 - Elementary Research Techniques Credit Hours: 3

Sociology Elective

Complete one additional Sociology course, not from Sociology-Criminology courses.

Sociology Statistics Courses

Complete one of the following courses:

  • COMS 3520 - Empirical Research Applications in Communication Credit Hours: 3
  • ECON 3810 - Economic Statistics Credit Hours: 3
  • MATH 2500 - Introduction to Statistics Credit Hours: 4
  • PSY 2110 - Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences Credit Hours: 4
  • QBA 2010 - Introduction to Business Statistics Credit Hours: 4

Criminology Core Courses

Complete the following courses:

  • SOC 2600 - Criminal Justice Credit Hours: 3
  • SOC 3600 - Criminology Credit Hours: 3

Criminology Electives

Complete three courses, at least two at the 3000- or 4000-level.

  • SOC 2610 - Deviant Behavior Credit Hours: 3
  • SOC 3630 - Juvenile Delinquency Credit Hours: 3
  • SOC 3640 - Police and Society Credit Hours: 3
  • SOC 3650 - Sociology of Mental Illness Credit Hours: 3
  • SOC 3660 - Punishment and Society Credit Hours: 3
  • SOC 3670 - Corporate and Governmental Crime Credit Hours: 3
  • SOC 4620 - Sociology of the Courts Credit Hours: 3
  • SOC 4640 - Law in Societies Credit Hours: 3
  • SOC 4670 - Violence Against Women Credit Hours: 3
  • SOC 4680 - Crimes Against Humanity: Confronting and Responding to Mass Atrocity and Genocide Credit Hours: 3
  • SOC 4690 - Crime, Risk, and Governance Credit Hours: 3
  • SOC 4710 - Gender and Justice Credit Hours: 3
  • SOC 4910 - Internship in Sociology & Criminology Credit Hours: 3.0-9.0

Sociology Capstone

Complete the following course:

  • SOC 4950 - Sociology Capstone Credit Hours: 3