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Majors and Minors

Sociology Major

As a Sociology major at Otterbein University students have the opportunity to investigate diverse areas within sociology such as poverty, inequality, criminology, global and community development, family studies, social movements, and race and ethnicity. As they design and develop their curriculum in the program, our courses enable the development of the knowledge, skills and hands-on experience necessary for diverse careers or continued studies.

A major in Sociology is uniquely flexible in that students can easily complement this major with another major and/or minor offered at Otterbein University. The study of sociology guarantees the kind of broad knowledge and skill set that enables students to prepare for a number of careers in a rapidly changing job market.

Criminology Major

The field of criminology is an exciting field with a long history within the field of sociology.  Students majoring in criminology widely explore the historical and societal origins and roles of deviance and crime, its effects on society as well as  the systems established to control to investigate, deter, punish, treat, rehabilitate and generally respond to crime and deviance. The field examines the societal implications of crime & deviance and their varying effects on diverse populations. Our courses explore the field of criminology from an interdisciplinary perspective while our curriculum affords students a variety of applied and service learning “hands on” experiences to support the development of skills necessary to meet the demand of a variety of professions in criminal justice, law, government and public and nonprofit human services.  We encourage students to work with their advisors to select electives that complement their career goals, whether they are in the field of criminal justice, counseling, human services, or community and global activism.

Check the course catalog for more details about the requirements, as well as course descriptions.


A minor in Sociology at Otterbein University allows students to enhance their undergraduate experience through a variety of courses that complement many other majors. A Sociology minor can help students who seek to investigate topics in further depth such as family, criminology, human and community service or global justice. Acquiring a background in this field can help students to better prepare for graduate studies or a career in a related field.

A minor in Sociology consists of 4 Sociology (or SOCL) courses (4-3 credit hour courses) in Sociology that includes SOCL 1000, at least 8 credit hours at the 3000 or 4000 level and at least one course at the 4000 level.

A minor in criminology can be combined with majors in sociology or other disciplines to complement and enhance their degrees.  It is an ideal minor for students who are interested in pursuing occupations that may bring them into contact with the topics and issues discussed in the field of criminology.

A minor in Criminology consists of SOCL 1000, SOCL 3050, and two other courses from the remaining Criminology and Justice Studies core courses (SOCL 2050, 3070, 4010).

/ Department of Sociology, Criminology and Justice Studies

Carla Corroto
Towers Hall 214
p/ 614.823.1434
e/ ccorroto@otterbein.edu


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