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Explore Sociology and Criminology

The Department of Sociology at The Ohio State University is home to over 350 Sociology majors and over 650 Criminology and Criminal Justice Studies majors. We place tremendous value on our integration of core training in sociology and criminology theory, methods, and statistics. Students majoring in Sociology or Criminology and Criminal Justice Studies share a common goal of helping people and improving society. Our programs in these fields provide you only the opportunity to meet that goal as an undergraduate, but also a solid foundation to pursue future studies and/or a fulfilling career by offering:

  • Individual guidance from your personal academic advisor
  • Opportunities to interact with our highly renowned faculty both inside and outside of the classroom. 
  • Hands-on experience through a required internship or faculty-directed undergraduate research.

Students in Sociology and Criminology and Criminal Justice Studies at Ohio State are prepared for careers in a wide variety of fields, including: health and social services, federal, state, or local government, law enforcement, criminal justice administration, and many others.  Take a look at a sample of careers that our alumni have entered after graduation and find out what they say about their experiences here.

Explore Sociology—We’ll change your world!

Read [pdf] a letter from ASA to parents of Sociology majors

Declare a Sociology or Criminology & Criminal Justice Studies Major

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