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Three new majors available beginning fall 2016

Three new majors available beginning fall 2016

With over 70 majors and 40 minors to choose from, Otterbein students have numerous avenues to develop and find their passions. Beginning in the fall 2016 semester, three new programs of study will be available for students to pursue in burgeoning, global fields: business analytics, criminology and justice studies, and educational studies.


Business Analytics

Business Analytics allows students to work directly in the emerging field of Big Data, which requires knowledge and skills in statistics, marketing and finance. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, opportunities in the analytics profession will increase by more than 20 percent in the next ten years and will include career and internship opportunities in politics, retail, distribution, finance, insurance and banking. This degree reflects the liberal arts approach to business education that Otterbein offers students. They learn a variety of skills and develop knowledge from many disciplines including statistics, computer science, marketing, MIS and economics.

“Employers are demanding students have the skills and knowledge that a business analytics degree provides,” chair of the Department of Business, Accounting and Economics Michael Levin said. “They want students who can sift through gigabytes and terabytes of data to find patterns that support a managerial recommendation. With Business Analytics, students in this degree will find many opportunities for paying internships and entry-level job opportunities.”


Criminology and Justice Studies

Students majoring in criminology and justice studies 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 respond. Students are encouraged 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. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts a ten percent average employment growth among law enforcement professionals between 2008 and 2018 and a 17 percent average growth rate for detective and criminal investigator professions.

“Our program is uniquely designed to give students in-depth exposure to the liberal arts while acquiring broad spectrum knowledge and practical experience in the field,” said chair of the Department of Sociology, Criminology and Justice Studies Heidi Ballard. “This ensures Otterbein graduates are ready to compete in a diverse job market for a variety of professions or continue into graduate school programs.”


Educational Studies

The educational studies program meets the needs of students who are interested in education as a major or minor but not necessarily as an avenue to classroom teaching. Otterbein’s Department of Education has worked with other departments to develop a program that provides students with a bachelor’s degree and an opportunity to explore educational settings from diverse disciplinary perspectives with unique opportunities for internships outside of the classroom.

“Becoming a teacher in the 21st century is much more complex than in years past, and requires a firm commitment to classroom teaching early on,” says education professor Susan Constable. “The educational studies degree is our effort to bring back the often overlooked opportunity for exploration. It gives students an understanding of how people learn and how educational institutions function.”


Learn more about all the programs of study at Otterbein.