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Academics

Interdisciplinary Programs and Majors

The best of both worlds.

Some of our programs and majors are interdisciplinary: they combine elements of different departments to create a unique and relevant learning experience.

Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

There's a whole new way to individualize your science education at Otterbein. Our new major in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology is supported by the Department of Biology and Earth Science and the Department of Chemistry. Using the basic tools of chemistry and biology to dissect how organisms, cells, and molecules function, students can adapt their studies to their individual interests. Learn more.

Environmental Studies

Otterbein's Environmental Studies program strives to challenge students to look beyond the surface of the issues and explore the complexity of what may seem to be simple solutions. Exploring questions like: when isn't recycling good, or why could ethanol cause social and water resource impacts if it replaces hydrocarbons, help students look not just at technical solutions, but also at the far-reaching impacts of environmentally motivated changes. Employers and communities value an individual's ability to critically assess, understand and communicate these difficult issues.

The Environmental Studies Program offers the following courses of study:

  • Environmental Studies minor
  • B.A. major in Sustainability Studies
  • B.S. major in Sustainability Studies

Film Studies Minor

The Film Studies minor will give you a chance to explore the power of cinema. You’ll study innovative forms, definitive genres, iconic directors, and groundbreaking films. In addition, you’ll analyze the cultural contexts that shape films, dive into film theory and criticism, and enter the worlds films create. This is an interdisciplinary minor housed in the English department.

Liberal Studies in Accounting

Complete your bachelor's degree at Otterbein. Make an easy transition from a 2-year to a 4-year degree by completing your bachelor’s degree at Otterbein. Liberal Studies in Accounting, our degree completion major, is uniquely designed for adult students who have already completed 64 semester hours (or 90 quarter hours) of transferrable credit. Choose a concentration area in either Organizational Communication or Psychology of Leadership.

Liberal Studies In Leadership (Leadership Major)

Make an easy transition from a 2-year to a 4-year degree by completing your bachelor’s degree at Otterbein. Liberal Studies in Leadership, our degree completion major, is uniquely designed for adult students who have already completed 64 semester hours (or 90 quarter hours) of transferrable credit. Choose a concentration area in either Organizational Communication or Psychology of Leadership.

Leadership Minor

Leadership is so important to Otterbein University that we made it one of our Five Cardinal Experiences. No matter what your major is, a Leadership Minor is the perfect complement. Learn more.

Liberal Studies in Business

Liberal Studies in Business, our degree completion major, is uniquely designed for adult students who have already completed 64 semester hours (or 90 quarter hours) of transferrable credit.

Systems Engineering

Otterbein’s major in systems engineering offers a broad-based, interdisciplinary approach to engineering education with the added benefits of personal attention in a small campus setting just minutes from a major metropolitan area. Home to Battelle, Worthington Industries, Lake Shore Cryotronics, Xigent Automation Systems and many other companies, Columbus offers a diverse range of internship, co-op, and career opportunities available for systems engineers.  Students will have the option of enrolling in Otterbein’s four-year program or to participate in a pathway program currently being developed with Systems Engineering Columbus State Community College (CSCC).

Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

The Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies program at Otterbein is committed to a critical and feminist understanding of gender and power across cultural contexts, social locations, and disciplinary boundaries.