Jun 09, 2023  
OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2020-21 
OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2020-21 [Archived Catalog]

Academic Organization and Accreditation

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Ohio University offers curricula in more than 250 undergraduate majors leading to bachelor’s or associate’s degrees through nine colleges: Arts and Sciences, Business, Communication, Education, Engineering and Technology, Fine Arts, Health Sciences and Professions, Honors Tutorial, and University. Programs are also offered through the Center for International Studies, eCampus, the Graduate College, the Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine, the Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs, and Regional Higher Education. The Graduate College coordinates graduate study at Ohio University.

Ohio University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) (formerly the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Institutions of Higher Education). While some of the University’s academic programs are accredited by over 30 of their own specialized accreditors, Ohio University as a whole is accredited by HLC; all of the University’s programs and units are covered by this institutional-wide accreditation. HLC offers three different pathways to institutional accreditation. They are the Standard Pathway, the Open Pathway, and the Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) pathway. Ohio University has been in AQIP since 2002. The next Reaffirmation of Ohio University’s accreditation is scheduled for 2023-24.

The following list of colleges and areas includes degrees, accrediting agencies, and schools and departments.

Center for International Studies

Curricula leading to the Bachelor of Arts degree and certificates in Global Studies.


Global Studies - Africa

Global Studies - Asia

Global Studies - Europe

Global Studies - Latin America

Global Studies - War and Peace


African Culture through Music and Dance

African Studies

Asian Studies

East Asian Studies

European Studies

Global Leadership

Latin American Studies

Southeast Asian Studies

War and Peace Studies


College of Arts and Sciences

Curricula leading to the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees; preprofessional curricula; and preparation for teaching at the secondary level.

American Chemical Society
American Psychological Association Commission on Accreditation
American Academy of Forensic Sciences Forensic Science Education Programs Accreditation Commission
Commission on English Language Program Accreditation

African American Studies
Biological Sciences
Chemistry and Biochemistry
Classics and World Religions
Environmental and Plant Biology
Geological Sciences
Modern Languages
Ohio Program of Intensive English
Physics and Astronomy
Political Science
Sociology and Anthropology
Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

College of Business

Curricula leading to the Bachelor of Business Administration and Bachelor of Sport Management degrees.

AACSB International —The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business
Commission on Sport Management Accreditation  

Management Information Systems
Sports Administration

College of Fine Arts

Curricula leading to the Bachelor of Fine Arts, Bachelor of Music, and Bachelor of Arts degrees.

Council for Interior Design Accreditation
National Association of Schools of Dance Commission on Accreditation
National Association of Schools of Music Commission on Accreditation
National Association of Schools of Theater Commission on Accreditation

Art + Design, School of
Dance, Film, and Theater, School of
Interdisciplinary Arts, School of
Music, School of

College of Health Sciences and Professions

Curricula leading to the Bachelor of Arts in Social Work; Bachelor of Social Work; Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training; Bachelor of Science in Child and Family Studies; Bachelor of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders; Bachelor of Science in Environmental Health; Bachelor of Science in Exercise Physiology; Bachelor of Science in Food and Nutrition Sciences; Bachelor of Science in Health; Bachelor of Science in Integrated Healthcare Studies; Bachelor of Science in Nursing; Bachelor of Science in Occupational Hygiene and Safety; Associate of Science in Nursing.

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics - Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (AND/ACEND)
Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA)
American Physical Therapy Association Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (APTA/CAPTE)
Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE)
Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)
Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA-ASHA)
Council on Social Work Education Commission on Accreditation (CSWE)
National Association of Long Term Care Administrator Boards (NAB)
National Environmental Health Science and Protection Accreditation Council (EHAC)
Ohio Board of Nursing (OBN)

Applied Health Sciences and Wellness, School of
Interdisciplinary Health Studies, Department of
Nursing, School of
Rehabilitation and Communication Sciences, School of
Social and Public Health, Department of
Social Work, Department of


eCampus offers innovative alternative educational opportunities and experiences for traditional and nontraditional students, including those who may not be able to come to an Ohio University campus.

Opportunities abound through eCampus to earn college credit, a degree, continuing education units (CEUs), or study something of interest. eCampus works to deliver educational opportunities that integrate life, work, and learning to students of all ages in various locations.

Graduate College

Oversees all graduate education at Ohio University, including masters and doctoral degrees, graduate certificates, and non-degree programs for study beyond the bachelor’s degree. The Graduate College also awards interdisciplinary graduate degrees in Individualizes Study (IIP) and Translational Biomedical Science.

Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine

Offers a four–year medical education program leading to the Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree (see separate catalog).

American Osteopathic Association’s Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation.

Honors Tutorial College

A renowned degree–granting college with 38 programs of study. Honors Tutorial College students undergo a rigorous and exhilarating academic experience that combines a set of tutorials, upper–division classes, and selected graduate courses. In order to allow students to pursue this challenging form of undergraduate education, Honors Tutorial College students are exempt from General Education requirements, except English composition. A high percentage of the students in this college enter graduate or professional school. You may request consideration for admission to the Honors Tutorial College and must indicate a program of study at the time of application.

Patton College of Education

Curricula leading to the Associate in Applied Science; Bachelor of Science in Human and Consumer Sciences; Bachelor of Science in Education degree; Bachelor of Science in Physical Education; and Bachelor of Science in Recreation Studies.

American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL)
American Association of Family and Consumer Science (AAFCS)
Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP)
Council for Exceptional Children (CEC)
Council on Accreditation of Parks, Recreation, Tourism, and Related Professions (COAPRT)
Educational Leadership Constituent Council (ELCC)
National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)
National Association for Middle Level Education (AMLE)
National Association of Schools for Music (NASM)
National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE)
National Council for Accreditation of Teaching Education (NCATE)
National Recreation and Parks Association (NRPA)

Counseling and Higher Education
Educational Studies
Human and Consumer Sciences
Recreation and Sport Pedagogy
Teacher Education 

Regional Higher Education

Regional campuses provide access to Ohio University degree programs for commuting students throughout southeastern Ohio. Students may attend classes at regional campuses in Chilicothe, Ironton, Lancaster, St. Clairsville, and Zanseville, and at centers in Pickerington and Proctorville, or access classes through distance technologies. Students enrolled in applied management, criminal justice, communication studies, early childhood education, middle childhood education, health services administration, history, human biology, nursing, social work, specialized studies, sport and lifestyle studies, and technical and applied studies can complete the entire baccalaureate degree program on a regional campus. The Associate in Arts and Associate in Science degrees are available on all campuses, and an array of technical programs leading to either the Associate in Applied Business or the Associate in Applied Science is available on most campuses. Students interested in pursuing other baccalaureate degrees not offered at the regional campuses can complete up to the first two years of nearly all of the baccalaureate majors available at Ohio University, before relocating to the Athens campus to complete their degrees.

Eastern (St. Clairsville)
Southern (Ironton)

Russ College of Engineering and Technology

Curricula leading to the Associate in Applied Science; Bachelor of Science in Aviation, Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Energy Engineering, Engineering Technology and Management, Industrial and Systems Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, and Technical Operations Management degrees.

Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology
Association of Technology Management and Applied Engineering

Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Civil Engineering
Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Engineering Technology and Management
Industrial and Systems Engineering
Mechanical Engineering

Scripps College of Communication

Curricula leading to the Bachelor of Science in Communication, Journalism, and Visual Communication degrees.

Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communication

Communication Studies, School of
Information and Telecommunication Systems, J. Warren McClure School of
Journalism, E.W. Scripps School of
Media Arts and Studies, School of
Visual Communication, School of

University College

College for students who have not decided on a major, or who have not been able to declare their desired major because they do not yet meet the selective admissions requirements for that major, or they are awaiting the next application opportunity for that major. Two–year programs leading to the Associate in Arts, Associate in Science, and Associate in Individualized Studies degrees. Four–year programs leading to the Bachelor of Specialized Studies and Bachelor of Criminal Justice degrees. Two–and four–year Reserve Officers’ Training Corps programs leading to commissions in the U.S. Army and the U.S. Air Force.


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