Ohio Wesleyan offers an all-you-can-experience buffet of learning and experiencing and doing that will leave you wanting more.

Since 1842.

Still Insatiable.

Ohio Wesleyan University is a community of people who have an insatiable appetite for life and learning. We are passionate and eager to make connections with the world around us and the world within. Why? Because connecting disparate ideas, perspectives, and experiences fuels innovation and discovery. Our 200-acre campus offers endless opportunities to explore. Pursue them all. Dream up new ideas. Seize mind-blowing and future-shaping opportunities. Fully experience the richness and connectedness of a liberal arts education.

Create Tomorrow for Our Students & Your University

With the $200 million Connect Today, Create Tomorrow comprehensive campaign — the largest in school history — we are renewing our commitment to our founding principles as we chart a bold path forward. At OWU, the enduring values of a liberal arts education continue to prepare graduates for lives of leadership and service in every segment of our society. Thank you for your role in sustaining our legacy.

Investing in Our Professors | Goal: $37 million

Ask anyone what they love about OWU, and they’ll name a favorite professor — or two or three. Your support enables OWU to recruit, foster, and develop our greatest asset — the people who educate, shape, and inspire our leaders of tomorrow.

Scholarships and Financial Aid | Goal: $50 million

We must not let resources be an impediment to the transformational effect of an OWU education. Whether it is need-based, merit-based, or aid for a returning student, scholarships can be the deciding factor in bringing a student to OWU, and ensuring they are able to complete their degree.

Investing in Our Campus: Capital Improvements | Goal: $43 million

Our historic campus has been graced with several impressive new buildings and seen some of our most iconic spaces given new life and purpose thanks to significant philanthropic support.

The OWU Connection | Goal: $35 million

This innovative curricular program allows students to connect academic theory with real-world practice in a global context. In addition, student access to internships will be expanded through the planned Career Connections Center.

Investing in Each Day: Annual Giving | Goal: $35 million

We remain committed to preserving our beautiful campus and enhancing our high-tech learning spaces. From technology to program funding, to faculty and staff training and salaries, annual gifts touch each part of OWU, every day.

Mission & Aims

Statement of Aims

Since its founding, Ohio Wesleyan has maintained its connection with the Methodist (now United Methodist) Church, offering a quality of scholarship, leadership, and service that has enriched both Church and society.

Ohio Wesleyan's charter provided that “the University is forever to be conducted on the most liberal principles, accessible to all religious denominations, and designed for the benefit of our citizens in general.”

In the spirit of this heritage, the University defines itself as a community of teachers and students devoted to the free pursuit of truth. It attempts to develop in its students' qualities of intellect and character that will be useful no matter what they choose to do in later life. The transmission, extension, and discovery of knowledge are central to the liberal arts tradition.

While encouraging professional scholarship and feeling justifiably proud of its faculty and graduates who enjoy national or international reputations in their fields, the University has as its preeminent purpose to be a quality institution for teaching and learning. Because effective teaching is of the highest importance, members of the faculty regularly are reviewed and evaluated for excellence in teaching.

Ohio Wesleyan judges itself successful when it has accomplished three objectives in its work with students:

The first is to impart knowledge. Included here is knowledge about our cultural past; a liberal education communicates what great minds have thought, great artists have created, great leaders have done. Also included is new knowledge; a liberal education communicates what is being acquired on the frontiers of contemporary inquiry and current advances of the human spirit. The objective of imparting knowledge begins with the conviction that it is intrinsically worthwhile to possess the knowledge and insight transmitted through the humanities, arts, and sciences.

The second major objective is to develop and enhance certain important capabilities of students. As they progress through the curriculum of the University, students secure the foundation skills of reading, writing, and quantitative analysis. They build on these skills the capacity to think critically and logically, to employ the methods of the different fields of inquiry, and to understand the symbolic languages used to codify and communicate knowledge in today’s society. They may develop aesthetic sensibilities or creative talents in several fields. Many students learn to integrate theory with practice by preparing for careers within various disciplines and through pre-professional and professional programs.

The third objective is to place education in the context of values. Liberal education seeks to develop in students understanding of themselves, appreciation of others, and willingness to meet the responsibilities of citizenship in a free society. It recognizes that trained sensitivity to private and public value issues, grounded in a sound grasp of various cultural heritages, is important for maturation and for living a good life. It accords high honor to intellectual honesty. Consistent with our Methodist tradition, Ohio Wesleyan encourages concern for all religious and ethical issues and stimulates its students to examine their own views in light of these issues.

To the extent that Ohio Wesleyan educates liberally, it fulfills its ultimate purpose of equipping students with knowledge, competence, and character for leadership, service, and continued learning in a complex and increasingly global society.

Programs taught in:
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Preparing for the future of business — that’s the focus of OWU’s Business Administration major. You learn to plan, organize, direct, and control the functions and process ... [+]

Bachelor of Business Administration

Preparing for the future of business — that’s the focus of OWU’s Business Administration major. You learn to plan, organize, direct, and control the functions and processes of business in a dynamic and global economy. The program is rare in a national liberal arts setting, giving you a high-quality business education along with a liberal arts foundation, preparing you for meaningful work and life.

Business education at OWU is significantly different than at a big university. You learn to think differently, so you can stand out from the crowd. You'll benefit from rigorous business classes, real-world experience, and close ties with your professors. You’ll graduate with the solid business knowledge and a liberal arts education that helps you develop the skills that employers crave: critical thinking, decision making, communication, creativity, teamwork, and global perspective. These are also vital skills for budding entrepreneurs.... [-]

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Bachelor

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This Biology major provides a foundation in biological principles with the largest range of flexibility in electives to explore a variety of biological topics. As a Biolo ... [+]

Bachelor in Biology

Biology is the study of life, from the molecular level to the whole organism to the global biosphere. Biologists explore all aspects of living systems, and biological discoveries continue to improve human health, food production, and environmental sustainability.

About the Major

This Biology major provides a foundation in biological principles with the largest range of flexibility in electives to explore a variety of biological topics. As a Biology major, you learn to identify, alter or manage biological processes from single cells to whole organisms.

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Chemistry allows us to understand the way atoms and molecules behave and how those behaviors lead to everything we know and love. It is the study of matter and all of the ... [+]

Bachelor in Chemistry

“The synthesis of molecules puts chemistry very close to the arts. We create the objects that we or others then study or appreciate.”

– Roald Hoffmann

Chemistry allows us to understand the way atoms and molecules behave and how those behaviors lead to everything we know and love. It is the study of matter and all of the changes that matter can undergo. Chemistry majors strive to understand diverse phenomena from a molecular point of view.

About the Majors

OWU offers two distinct majors in chemistry to meet the educational and career goals of students.

Basic Chemistry prepares you to enter various positions in the chemical industry, enter some graduate programs, and to teach high school chemistry. ACS-Certified Chemistry meets the recommendations of the American Chemical Society Committee on Professional Training. By completing this major, you will be certified by the American Chemical Society. ACS-certified majors are particularly attractive to industry. With the more extensive curricular development of this major, students are also better prepared for graduate study in chemistry and for industrial research. This major is strongly recommended for students pursuing a career in chemistry. Chemistry Major (B.A.) ... [-]
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The course offerings in computer science prepare you for professional employment or continued study in graduate school. ... [+]

Bachelor in Computer Science

The course offerings in computer science prepare you for professional employment or continued study in graduate school.

About the Major

Students normally begin with the introductory course in computer science and programming. This is followed by intermediate courses that cover the basic issues of hardware and software. Students learn a variety of high-level programming languages (including C/C++ and Scheme), assembly language, the UNIX operating system, object-oriented programming and gain familiarity with the university and departmental computer hardware.

Many areas of theoretical and applied computer science are covered in the advanced courses. Majors take courses in the theory of computation and analysis of algorithms. The department offers applied courses in database theory, operating systems and artificial intelligence. For students interested in computer languages, course offerings include compiler design and the theory of programming languages.... [-]

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Data analytics is a rapidly growing profession across a wide range of fields, including finance, healthcare, insurance, biomedical research, computer science, marketing, ... [+]

Bachelor in Data Analytics

Data analytics is a rapidly growing profession across a wide range of fields, including finance, healthcare, insurance, biomedical research, computer science, marketing, and many other areas. Experts in data analytics have quickly become valued for their ability to process large amounts of data, detect significant trends, and make insights that drive important decisions.

About the Major

This major combines study in math and computer science with a firm foundation in the liberal arts. In her TED Talk on challenges in interpreting big data, data analyst Susan Etlinger said: "What we need to do instead is spend a little bit more time on things like the humanities and sociology, and the social sciences, rhetoric, philosophy, ethics, because they give us context that is so important for big data, and because they help us become better critical thinkers."... [-]

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If you choose to major in Economics, you'll take courses in microeconomics, macroeconomics, research methods, international and comparative economics, and an integrative ... [+]

Bachelor in Economics

Economics is a social science that deals with making choices when resources are scarce. In addition to being used in business, economics is used to help the development of lower-income nations, aid nations dealing with problems of unemployment, figure out the best way to improve the environment, understand why consumers buy what they buy, and explain what determines people's income.

About the Major

If you choose to major in Economics, you'll take courses in microeconomics, macroeconomics, research methods, international and comparative economics, and an integrative senior seminar. You will be well-prepared to begin your career or work toward an advanced degree. And if you are considering graduate work, you'll want to include substantial work in mathematics.... [-]

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Ohio Wesleyan’s distinctive International Studies major focuses on experience and connections. As a student, you have many opportunities to gain real-world experience thr ... [+]

Bachelor in International Studies

Ohio Wesleyan’s distinctive International Studies major focuses on experience and connections. As a student, you have many opportunities to gain real-world experience through internships and research projects in Washington, D.C., and locations around the world. Just as important, you have daily international opportunities on campus – meeting international policy experts and scholars, Skyping with leaders at NATO and other international organizations, interacting with OWU alumni at the height of federal agencies, and living on a campus with fellow students from around the world.

Introduction to the Program

In the International Studies program, you will explore how countries interact in our ever-shrinking world. Whether you are interested in examining issues in the world in general, or in a particular region of the world, the cross-disciplinary nature of International Studies gives you a chance to work closely with a variety of professors and develop a major that satiates your intellectual interests.... [-]

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The major begins with calculus and moves to intermediate courses that lay the foundation for further exploration of mathematics. One is required to take a theoretical cou ... [+]

Bachelor in Mathematics

The department provides courses for students anticipating employment or graduate work in mathematics, statistics, or mathematics education. In addition, we offer courses for students wishing to use mathematics or statistics in support of another major or simply to learn something new and quantitative.

About the Major

The major begins with calculus and moves to intermediate courses that lay the foundation for further exploration of mathematics. One is required to take a theoretical course in analysis or algebra and also a course (or one can demonstrate proficiency) in computer programming. From there, the department offers a rich collection of advanced mathematics courses that prepare students for a variety of career options.... [-]

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To develop breadth and depth of knowledge, you’ll take a special core curriculum designed especially for OWU politics and government majors. Working closely with your fac ... [+]

Bachelor of Politics

Your study of government will provide a rich mixture of the real and the ideal, of values frequently in conflict with both each other and the practical obstacles that stand in their way. These interactions confront us every day as individuals, citizens of our nation, and members of the global community.

About the Major

To develop breadth and depth of knowledge, you’ll take a special core curriculum designed especially for OWU politics and government majors. Working closely with your faculty advisor, you’ll select courses in each core area to meet your unique interests and career goals. The department offers a five-course minor as well.

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Majoring in psychology opens the door to a world of possibilities, and OWU psychology alumni are doing vital work in many fields across the country. Psychology majors col ... [+]

Bachelor in Psychology

Majoring in psychology opens the door to a world of possibilities, and OWU psychology alumni are doing vital work in many fields across the country. Psychology majors collect and analyze data and learn to communicate the observed trends. Many also engage in unique projects with professors.

About the Major

As a Psychology major at OWU, you'll study a broad range of topics:

from the social and intellectual development of the person to the prevention and treatment of psychological disorders, from operant and Pavlovian analyses of behavior to models of human thought processes, from the analysis of brain circuits to the mechanisms of long-term memory, from the behaviors of persons in isolation to group behavior in organizations, from the biological bases of visual perception to the therapeutic means of treating people with schizophrenia. ... [-]
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Ohio Wesleyan is one of a few small colleges with two closely integrated life science departments: Botany & Microbiology and Zoology. This structure allows our progra ... [+]

Bachelor in Zoology

Ohio Wesleyan is one of a few small colleges with two closely integrated life science departments: Botany & Microbiology and Zoology. This structure allows our program to provide students with the personal attention of a small college - and a large array of specialty courses in sub-disciplines across the biological sciences. That combination is rare.

About the Majors

Ohio Wesleyan's zoology program gives you two major options, so you can create a program that fits your interests and career goals.

The General Zoology major is designed for students who are interested in the study of human beings and other animals, but perhaps do not want to pursue a professional career in medicine or zoology. Often, general zoology majors choose to double major in another discipline, further expanding their career options. The Pre-Professional Zoology major is more suited for those preparing for medical school or graduate study in zoology. Completing this major will satisfy the minimum entrance requirements of almost all graduate programs in biology or zoology as well as meeting most of the prerequisites for medical, dental, and veterinary medicine schools. Zoology, General Major ... [-]
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