Introduction to the Department

The study of religion has been important at Ohio Wesleyan since the university was founded in 1842, when the the training of a skilled and literate ministry was a key mission. Today, the study of religion is no longer confined to those who want to enter the professional ministry. Students planning careers in business, social services, law, medicine, education, and other fields benefit from careful study of religious phenomena and history. Additionally, religion students may find that their personal faith and devotional lives are strengthened by the study of religion and by looking objectively at the faith and devotion of other religious persons.

Department Features

  • You can study scriptural languages with religion faculty members. If you qualify, you may study Hebrew, New Testament Greek, and Sanskrit on a tutorial basis.
  • Religion majors often study abroad in Europe, Asia, and Latin America to pursue individual projects in religion.
  • Recent graduates have earned admission and full scholarship offers from some of the top graduate programs in the country.
  • Because of the small class sizes, students are able to build strong relationships with their classmates and professors.
  • Classroom discussions deal with real world issues, allowing students to interact with society in a more informed way.

Available Majors

Available Minors

Department Contact Info


Phillips Hall 117
Ohio Wesleyan University
Delaware, OH 43015
P 740-368-3825

Department Contact

Chair: Dr. Susan Gunasti
Professor of Religion
Phillips Hall 219

Academic Assistant: Kandi Akers
Phillips Hall 52