Emily Short at summer camp

Combining religion and social science courses

Emily Short, a Bible and theology major with three minors (psychology, sociology, and peace and conflict studies), used her knowledge in all of these areas, along with a desire for social change, to create an innovative summer camp curriculum.

Social Sciences Department

Bettering the World Together.

If you are interested in sociology, psychology or criminal justice, you’re probably curious about how the world works and want to make it a better place. We want to help you do just that.

Bluffton professors lead conversation-based classes which lead to deeper understanding of our world and you’ll receive the tools needed to be successful.







Do you want to make the world a better place? To repair the harm caused by crime? Consider a major or minor in criminal justice.

At Bluffton, criminal justice is an academically rigorous program developed to produce leaders in the academic field, corrections, law enforcement, mediation and community organizing who embrace the philosophy of restorative justice.

Melanie Moon

Melanie Moon, a double major in criminal justice and social work, received the Outstanding Undergraduate Criminal Justice Student Award from the Ohio Council of Criminal Justice Education for 2019. ”

>>> Melanie's story



Are you fascinated by figuring out what makes people tick? Then psychology might be the right major or minor for you.

As a psychology student at Bluffton, your classes are designed to provide solid preparation for either employment upon graduation or for you to move on to graduate studies. 

Kala Jilani-Pritchett

As a senior psychology major, Kala Jilani-Pritchett spent a month at Harvard Medical School exploring the areas of neuroscience and neuropsychology, sciences involving the study of the brain.
>>>Kala's story.



Social workers are compassionate, creative problem-solvers who are employed in human service settings: family and child welfare, juvenile services, mental health, corrections, hospitals, nursing homes and in programs for the elderly, developmentally disabled and substance addictions.

Internship confirms vocation for social work major.

“This internship really has made me want to be a social worker even more, and it makes me want to look into CASA even more to be completely honest.” 

>>> Andrew's story





Sociology is a social science combining scientific and humanistic perspectives in the study of society and its organizations. The discipline of sociology includes the exploration and analysis of family patterns and relationships, group and organizational relationships, race and ethnicity, social class, social movement, and contemporary social problems and issues.

Alicia Loch '19

Alicia Loch completed a year-long research project studying sustainability to project fulfill her sociology field-experience requirement. The project combines elements from both of her majors—biology and sociology.  

“I know if I went anywhere else, I wouldn’t have gotten all of these opportunities or as much help as I have. It just felt like home, and it still feels like home.”
Alicia's story >