Experience the liberal arts — the OWU way. Academics at Ohio Wesleyan starts with our 175-year commitment to the depth, breadth, and rigor of traditional liberal arts — made more powerful today with The OWU Connection. You will learn to think critically and creatively, solve complex problems, communicate your ideas, apply your knowledge in real-world settings, and thrive in an environment rich with diverse cultures and backgrounds.
You will work in small classes with faculty members who are outstanding scholars and researchers — and passionate teachers. They will push you, challenge you, inspire you, and work with you on your own research and creative projects.
You will enjoy the wide range of academic fields and majors that you might see at a large university. Just look at the list below of nearly 90 majors. And we encourage and work with students to combine majors to broaden their skills and opportunities with a second major. More than one-fourth of our students graduate with multiple majors, one of the highest percentages in the nation.
The OWU Connection
And academics at OWU means something more. It’s The OWU Connection. It’s our commitment to help you find your passion and build your pathway to a fulfilling career. You will learn to think big by connecting ideas in different disciplines. You will go global, with opportunities to immerse yourself in different cultures. And you will get real experience, connecting theory and practice, connecting the classroom and real world.
Close attention from faculty, research opportunities, theory-to-practice support, an environment of high expectations . . . it all helps lead to students who excel and receive regional and national recognition and awards.
“I wanted to attend a small college that would challenge me academically. I am glad I did choose OWU because I have had so many great opportunities, like Summer Science Research Program, that I do not think would have been the same at another school.”
"Even though it's more about learning, we still get to listen to each other's differences and give our opinions."
“It was incredible to have the chance to hear writers discuss their writings and the roles they thought literature had in shaping the politics of Ireland, the topic we had discussed all semester.”
“When I teach my students—especially non-majors—I’m teaching people who one day may lead other enterprises and make important policy decisions. They all need to know how to interpret scientific data, and how science works.”
"They need to name a building after (Theatre Professor) Ed Kahn. . . He's a hero."
"It really puts the [travel-learning] class in perspective. You're learning so much material throughout the year and the semester that when you come out here, you're able to put it to use."
“I want to communicate the joy of performing to my students, and how we tell stories with our music. It is an art—similar to the brushstroke of the painter—that uses articulation, crescendos and decrescendos, to communicate moods, feelings, and emotions.”
“My friends at other universities are amazed at the opportunities I have here. When I look back, this (summer research project) will be one of the most prominent memories I have of OWU.”