Townshend Hall

Townshend Hall is home to four popular majors at Ohio State: criminology; international studies; neuroscience; and sociology. It also houses the Institute for Population Research (IPR), a multidisciplinary population and health research center. The building sits just behind, to the northwest of, Ohio State’s flagship library, the Thompson Library .

The Department of Sociology is located on the first and second floors of the building.

The Homework Lab in the Sociology Research Lab, a dedicated space on the first floor, provides a quiet space for undergraduates to focus on homework, computing, and research. Technical support is readily accessible.

The administrative offices of the department are located on the second floor along with four dedicated academic advisors ready to provide you individual guidance on your major, undergraduate research, scholarship opportunities, internships and jobs. The Simon Dinitz Conference Room and Library, The William Form Sociological Research Laboratory, and student instructional labs round out the space on the second floor.

The Institute for Population Studies (IPR) is located in the basement of Townshend Hall. The IPR space includes a seminar room, a student suite, and space for hosting research projects.

The Undergraduate International Studies Program, located in the basement of Townshend hall offers eleven majors and ten minors.

The neuroscience major program, also located in the basement of Townshend Hall, is a joint program between the College of Arts and Sciences and the College of Medicine. If you are interested in learning more about or declaring a major or minor in neuroscience, academic advisors and a student service coordinator are on hand to help you.

Originally dedicated in 1896; as the College of Agriculture, Townshend Hall is the third oldest building on the Ohio State campus.


  • Department of Sociology (1st and 2nd floors)
  • Institute for Population Studies (basement)
  • International Studies (basement)
  • Neuroscience Major (basement)