B.A. On Campus

Criminology and Justice Studies

Otterbein University

48 months
32624 USD/year
32624 USD/year
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Criminology is an exciting field with a long history within the discipline of sociology. Students majoring in Criminology and Justice Studies at Otterbein University explore the historical and societal origins and roles of deviance and crime, its effects on society, as well as the systems established to control, investigate, deter, punish, treat, rehabilitate and respond to crime and deviance.


This experiential learning of the Criminology and Justice Studies at Otterbein University is in support of the development of skills necessary to meet the demand for careers in criminal justice, law, government, public and nonprofit human services. We encourage students to work with their advisors to select electives that complement their career goals.

Criminology is the study of crimes, criminals, crime victims, theories explaining illegal and deviant behavior, the social reaction to crime and criminals, the effectiveness of anti-crime policies and the broader political terrain of social control. In studying crime and deviance, we use sociology to examine individual and group behaviors that violate social norms. These norms range from formally established rules or laws to widely held expectations or standards of conduct. These rules and expectations vary across groups, cultures, and societies.

Criminology also studies how laws and social expectations develop and change, how inappropriate and illegal behavior is controlled by formal and informal organizations, and how their violation is handled by government agencies such as welfare, child protection, police, courts, and corrections as well as by social institutions including family, religion, schools, workplaces, and neighborhoods.

The addition of “Justice Studies” broadens the major to include broader questions of justice and how our society does or does not allow for equal access to justice, not just in the criminal justice system, but in all aspects of society.  Thus students should be prepared for occupations outside of the criminal justice system (although all systems intertwine) in settings that work on these issues overall.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Introductory Sociology
  • The Criminal Justice System
  • Introduction to Social Justice Studies
  • Social Research Methods - Writing Intensive
  • Criminology
  • Sociological Theory - Writing Intensive

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 48 months

Start dates & application deadlines


120 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Common Application, including essay.
  • $50 Application fee.
  • Official transcripts/documents for four years of high school/secondary school (grades 9-12).
  • Official Bank Statement(s) and Sponsor Guarantee form.
  • Copy of passport and current visa (if applicable).
  • All test scores must be reported directly from the testing center.
  • Foreign language documents must be translated into English by the issuing institution, a certified translator or English teacher.
  • SAT and ACT test scores and letters of recommendation are optional and may be submitted if they strengthen your application.

Tuition Fee

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    32624 USD/year
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    Based on the tuition of 32624 USD per year during 48 months.
  • National

    32624 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 32624 USD per year during 48 months.

Living costs for Westerville

1189 - 1962 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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