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Undergraduate Majors

Ohio University's nine undergraduate colleges offer more than 250 programs of study. Students may select from a wide variety of majors, minors and certificates. While most undergraduate programs at the Athens campus are designed to be completed in four years, a limited number of two-year degree programs are available as well.

Sociology—Criminology Major (B.A.)

Major code BA4253

College of Arts and Sciences
Sociology and Anthropology Department
Bentley Annex 162
Athens, OH 45701
Phone: 740.593.1350
Fax: 740.593.1365

Bruce Hoffman, contact person

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 are also included, giving the program an interdisciplinary focus.

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.

Opportunities Upon Graduation

A bachelor's degree in sociology-criminology can open doors to a variety of careers and life experiences. Our graduates work not only in policing, courts, and corrections but also broadly in social services. Many of our graduates have served as counselors and case workers in rape crisis centers, juvenile programs, women's shelters, health and recovery services, drug prevention programs, mental health agencies, and children's services. Others have gone on to do non-profit and human rights work as well as international mediation. We also train our students to pursue work in federal justice agencies, policy positions, and evaluation research. Finally, a substantial number of our graduates go on to law school and graduate work. We consistently place students in the top criminology doctoral programs in the United States. Employers now look most favorably on candidates with good writing, analytical, interpersonal, and communication skills, all of which are emphasized in our curriculum.

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