ACADEMICS & SUPPORT

The Dual Admission Program provides five academic areas to choose from, with multiple majors in each:
Communication
Toggle Accordion Communication Studies

Student pursuing the Communication Studies major will build skills and understanding of various forms of communication, including public speaking, face-to-face communication, communication in groups and teams, and organizational and intercultural communication. Students will learn to write and speak effectively and persuasively, as well as help others improve their communication.

Toggle Accordion Health Communication

The Health Communication majors provides students with the knowledge of health care in order to strategically create and execute health information campaigns, as well as promote health programs and businesses. Student will learn how to identify and solve health communication issues as well as manage communication in a health care setting.

Toggle Accordion Journalism and Media Communications

The Journalism and Media Communication major allows students to develop valuable research and reporting skills, learn strong writing and editing techniques, and practice advanced production methods using industry-standard equipment and software for text, audio, video, social media and interactive storytelling.

Toggle Accordion Public Relations

The Public Relations major gives students the tools to strategically uphold the image and reputation of an organization. Students will learn to plan and execute events, write press releases, hold news conferences, launch campaigns using social media, handle crises, write speeches, design annual reports and create employee materials

Education
Toggle Accordion Early Childhood

Otterbein’s PreK-5 Primary Education (B.S.E.) leads to an Ohio four-year Resident Educator License for teaching pre-kindergarten through grade five. Candidates can add a PreK-5 Special Education concentration and license to their program.

Toggle Accordion Middle Childhood

The Middle Childhood major leads to an Ohio license to teach 4th grade through 9th grade. Students must choose two concentrations from Language Arts and Reading, Mathematics, Science or Social Studies.

Engineering
Toggle Accordion Mechanical Engineering

The Mechanical Engineering major is based on fundamental engineering science principles and focuses on the design of mechanical systems, machines and consumer products. This design process often involves understanding how heat transfer, fluid flow and thermodynamics are involved and understanding how to meet or exceed the performance specifications for a particular design.

Toggle Accordion Systems Engineering

The Systems Engineering major considers all aspects of a problem as a “system” and applies engineering theory and practice in conjunction with business and cultural experiences, as well as economics, to find solutions. Students are taught general engineering science along with materials, manufacturing processes, electrical systems and electronics, factory automation and factory operations principles. The breadth of topics allows systems engineers to define and solve the core issues of a manufacturing problem.

Business
Toggle Accordion Accounting

The Accounting major allows students to develop accounting knowledge, practice, management and leadership. Students can concentrate in taxation, fraud/forensic accounting or traditional financial/audit accounting.

Toggle Accordion Business Administration and Management

The Business Administration and Management major provides students with a broad and flexible knowledge base in all areas of business. Students can choose from a variety of electives to complement your degree, based on your specific interests. Students will also develop the knowledge and skills necessary to professionally manage and lead organizations of all types.

Toggle Accordion Economics

The Economics major balances theory and practice, and provides you with real-life applications from local, national and internationals scenes. Students will learn how to study markets and analyze the behavior of business organizations.

Toggle Accordion Finance

The Finance major provides with the knowledge of how businesses use finance to manage assets and create wealth for the firm. Students will have the opportunity to apply their knowledge to real-world business situations.

Toggle Accordion Marketing

The Marketing major enables students to channel their creativity in innovative ways. Students will learn to create and maintain business relationships through branding, market research, advertising, selling and developing products.

Health & Sport Science
Toggle Accordion Allied Health

The Allied Health major prepares students for graduate study in areas such as Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy and Physician Assistant. Students will develop expertise in human movement and human movement dysfunction. Allied Health professionals may have direct or indirect contact with patients and may be responsible for preparing and operating equipment, recording and reporting patient response to treatment, assessing patient needs or analyzing data.

Students interested in the MSAT program at Otterbein will enroll as an Allied Health (BS) undergraduate major with a Pre-Athletic Training Concentration. This allows for all CAATE required pre-requisite and foundational knowledge courses to be completed before formally applying for admission to the MSAT program.

Toggle Accordion Public Health Education

Using an interdisciplinary approach, the Public Health Education major offers many opportunities for real world experiences through community outreach. Students will be involved in project development and implementation and complete an internship with a health organization as a part of your coursework.

Toggle Accordion Sport Management

The Sport Management major is perfect for students who want a career working in sports. Students will gain real-world experience through numerous practicums and internship opportunities throughout all four years. Graduates of the program have gone on to work for professional sports teams as well as many other sports/recreation/fitness-related organizations.

Other
Toggle Accordion Art History

The Art History major introduces students to art from around the world and across different time periods. Studies focus on close analysis of art objects, monuments, historic structures, and other aspects of visual culture from the ancient world to the contemporary, preparing students for careers in museums, galleries, arts administration, and other areas of cultural heritage management.

Toggle Accordion Art with Studio Concentration

The Studio Art major immerses students in the study of art through the development of craft and technique combined with concept and meaning. The B.A. degree prepares students for art and art-related careers while offering the flexibility of studying across a broad area of interests. The B.F.A. is a professional degree that prepares students for graduate study and careers in art and design. Both pathways allow students to concentrate in one studio area, which includes Ceramics, Drawing, Graphic Design, Video Art, Painting and Photography.

Toggle Accordion Chemistry

Students interested in Chemistry will follow an ACS-certified major via a B.S. degree, a broad-based and rigorous chemistry education that provides the intellectual, experimental, and communication skills to become an effective scientific professional. For students who prefer a more flexible degree path, the B.A. degree provides a basic background in chemistry, while providing flexibility in scheduling to pursue other interests, such as medical school requirements, teaching certification, a double major, or the 4+1 MBA program.

Toggle Accordion Criminology & Justice Studies

The Criminology and Justice Studies major provides students an opportunity to 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. The discipline examines the social implications of crime and deviance and their varying effects on diverse populations.

Toggle Accordion Equine Veterinary Technology

The Equine Veterinary Technology major is derived from an articulation agreement between CState’s Veterinary Technology Program and Otterbein’s Department of Equine Science. Students complete clinical experiences at two veterinary medical practices and acquire skills in many aspects of veterinary medicine, including hematology, parasitology, microbiology, surgical techniques, and anesthesia. This program offers a career as a Registered Veterinary Technician with an emphasis on horses.

Toggle Accordion Mathematics (B.A. only)

The Mathematics major allows students to study patterns and order. Applications of mathematics include the modeling of physical, biological, economic, and social phenomena. Students pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree study courses that provide a breadth of knowledge and most students who would like to attain a secondary teaching license pursue a BA degree.

Toggle Accordion Psychology

The Psychology major allows students to study human thought, emotion and behavior. The program provides students with a thorough grounding in the study of human nature, while emphasizing applications of psychology in society to examine the full range of the human experience.

Toggle Accordion Sociology

The Sociology major helps students to understand why people behave as they do in social situations and the skills and concepts that sociology majors learn are useful for a wide variety of jobs. Students are able to customize their major and faculty help students align courses with specific career paths or graduate and professional degree goals.

Toggle Accordion Sustainability Studies

Students in the Sustainability Studies major will focus on the evolving “green economy” by exploring benefits and limitations of various renewable/sustainable energies, changes in energy infrastructure related to new sources of energy, and societal issues related to these changes.

Columbus State and Otterbein are two distinct schools, but you'll find we have a lot in common.

This includes a shared commitment to providing students with the attention, support, and services you need to succeed. Columbus State students appreciate this personal approach to education. When they transfer to Otterbein, they find that the commitment and caring is just as strong. That makes the transition smooth and avoids what experts refer to as “transfer shock.”

Columbus State and Otterbein have these important student success factors in common:

  • Small class sizes.
  • Faculty who are dedicated to the classroom experience.
  • In-demand majors taught by industry experts.
  • Extensive support services for student success.
  • Close-knit college communities – you’re surrounded by people who care about you and want to see you succeed.
Achieving academic success is a group effort - you're not in it alone!

Beginning your first semester of study, Columbus State and Otterbein representatives work together to:

  • Ensure all requirements are met to earn both an associate and
    bachelor degree.
  • Map the academic path of what classes to take at
    Columbus State and which to take at Otterbein.
  • Assure that disability and other services are coordinated between
    campuses.
  • Provide professional development and internship opportunities at
    each campus.
  • Provide full access to resources (library, computer labs,
    etc.) at both campuses.
  • Help explore ways to get involved in Columbus State and Otterbein activities and events so you’ll feel at home both places.
You'll connect with faculty who know where you've been and where you're going.

Both Columbus State and Otterbein are proud of the accomplishments and dedication of our faculty members. They demonstrate their commitment to student success every day. Small class sizes on both campuses let you really get to know and interact with faculty in the classroom. You’ll talk about your goals together and find new ways to reach them as a team. All the while, you’ll be building your professional network and forging important career connections.