For more information:

Department of Sociology and Anthropology

Bentley Annex 162
Athens, OH 45701

Ann Bennett
Department Administrator  
View Site  

College of Arts and Sciences

Undergraduate Student Affairs
Athens, OH

View Site  

Undergraduate Admissions

120 Chubb Hall
1 Ohio University
Athens, OH 45710

View Site  


The Sociology Pre-Law Major is a flexible course of study to help students prepare for a successful law school application. Working with a Pre-Law faculty advisor, students develop a curriculum plan emphasizing the development of analytic skills, writing skills, and oral expression. Pre- law coursework, in the sociology department, offers a rigorous examination of the legal processes and institutions that function to bring justice to individuals, families, and communities.

The criminology program is designed for students who desire careers in some aspect of criminal justice, yet who wish to receive a broad liberal arts education at the same time. Graduates are presently employed in a wide variety of diverse occupations ranging from juvenile probation to federal law enforcement. Other students use the criminology program as a foundation for future graduate study in sociology, criminology, or law. Students completing the program receive a degree in sociology with the specialty in criminology noted. 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.

The Department of Sociology and Anthropology is a diverse department that combines two distinct academic disciplines, as well as different programs within each major. We have a long distinguished record as one of the oldest departments of sociology in the U.S., dating back to the early years of the twentieth century. Anthropology joined us in 1970, giving the department three undergraduate majors–Anthropology, Sociology, and Sociology-Criminology–as well as an M.A. program in Sociology.

Both sociology and anthropology study human behavior, social interaction, and social organization. Both are concerned with how societies are organized and why people act as they do, but they approach these issues from different perspectives and traditions. Anthropology takes a holistic and comparative approach that focuses on humanity as both biological and cultural beings. Courses explore the similarities and differences in the ways through which humans organize their lives. Anthropologists in the Department examine human origins and evolution, the prehistoric past, recent and contemporary forms of human culture and society, patterns of communication, and forensics in a variety of places spanning the globe.

Career Opportunities

There are a wide range of career opportunities because criminology students also have a sociology degree so they may compete for any job that is open to sociology graduates. Some opportunities include probation officer, fraud investigator, human rights advocate, juvenile probation officer, sexual abuse investigator, and university professor.


Special Features

A sociology-criminology internship is offered for students in their senior year. Though not required, the internship offers students an opportunity to gain some practical experience, as well as a chance to explore potential careers. Interns work in a variety of organizations, currently including, for example, the county prosecutor's office, the public defender's office, a victim assistance program, and a juvenile detention facility.

Our Faculty

To view our entire faculty, please view these links: here & here


College of Arts and Sciences

The College of Arts and Sciences is home to 19 departments, 27 majors and dozens of other special curricula. The college is committed to advancing the interrelated areas of teaching, research, and outreach in a learning-centered community. The college instructs students based on core disciplines for the entire university.

Arts and Sciences is home to nearly one-third of all OHIO's undergraduate and graduate students. The college encourages research and applied scholarship among all of its faculty members. They also create many opportunities for undergraduates to be involved in research as well. The college takes an active role in making knowledge accessible and in applying it to issues that affect the wider community.

All departmental majors provide sound preparation for future careers by requiring you to think and write critically and to communicate well - the preferred skills in all areas of the public and private sector. Certificate programs are open to students who are enrolled in any baccalaureate program, regardless of college or major. Minors in the College of Arts and Sciences may be combined with any regular majors or special curricula programs. With careful planning, minors can be completed within four years.

Ohio University

Established in 1804, Ohio University is the oldest public institution of higher learning in the state of Ohio and the first in the Northwest Territory. Admission to Ohio University is granted to the best-qualified applicants as determined by a selective admission policy.