Mar 03, 2024  
OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2023-2024 
OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2023-2024

Sociology—Criminology Major (B.A.)

Return to {$returnto_text} Return to: Curricula – Certificates, Major Programs, Minors

Major code BA4253 (Campus locations)
Major code BA4255 (OHIO Online)

College of Arts and Sciences   
Sociology and Anthropology 
Bentley Annex 162
Athens, OH 45701

Amanda Cox, contact person - in-person degree
Bruce Hoffman, contact person - online degree

Program Overview

The sociology-criminology major is designed to give students a solid foundation for successful careers in fields relating to crime, social control, and justice. Coursework trains students in the causes and dynamics of deviant and illegal behavior, how behaviors come to be defined as criminal, the organization and effectiveness of criminal justice institutions, and innovative approaches to crime prevention, rehabilitation, and social transformation. Coursework also provides training in social inequality, working with diverse populations, and understanding crime, social control, and policy debates in their broader cultural, political, and social contexts. Students develop professional skills in research methods, analytical reasoning and writing, ethical decision-making, problem solving, and public service. Justice related internship opportunities are available. Students may also wish to apply to the certificate programs in Forensic Studies or in Law, Justice & Culture. Students completing the major receive a degree in sociology with the specialty in criminology listed on the transcript, making it a broad degree suitable for a wide range of careers.

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

The professional skills developed through this major prepare students either for careers or for advanced study in the fields of criminal and social justice, law enforcement, community justice and intervention, civic activism, and social science research. Many career opportunities exist in the public, private, and non-profit sectors, including work in community justice organizations, corrections, courts, data analysis, domestic terrorism, education, federal law enforcement, fraud prevention, homeland security, juvenile justice, law enforcement, legal research, neighborhood organizing, offender rehabilitation, parole, prisoner re-entry programs, private security, probation offices, restorative justice, substance abuse counseling, and victim advocate agencies. Graduates may also pursue advanced degrees in criminology and criminal justice, law, sociology, and other social science disciplines.

Browse through dozens of Internship opportunities and full-time job postings for Ohio University students and alumni on Handshake, OHIO’s key resource for researching jobs, employers, workshops, and professional development events.


Universitywide Graduation Requirements

Ohio University requires the completion of a minimum of 120 semester hours for the conferral of a bachelor’s degree. This program can be completed within that 120-hour requirement. For more information on the minimum hours requirement and other universitywide requirements, please review the Graduation Requirements – Universitywide  page.

Liberal Arts and Sciences Distribution Requirement

View the College and Liberal Arts and Sciences Distribution Requirements .

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:

Sociology Elective

Complete one additional 3000 or 4000-level sociology course, not from sociology-criminology courses.

Criminology Core Courses

Complete the following courses:

Sociology Capstone

Complete the following course:

Return to {$returnto_text} Return to: Curricula – Certificates, Major Programs, Minors