2024-2025 Catalog 
    Jun 13, 2024  
2024-2025 Catalog

Degrees and Special Programs

Requirements for All Degrees 

Ohio Wesleyan students may study for any of the degrees offered by the University: The Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Fine Arts, and Bachelor of Science.

Ohio Wesleyan’s General Education requirements fulfill many of the objectives as outlined in the University’s Statement of Aims . In particular, the requirements for all degrees are designed to enhance students’ abilities in critical thinking, communicating, and creative problem-solving. The following are required for any degree:

Thirty-Four Units

Thirty-four units of passing work. Only courses in which a passing grade (D- or better) has been received may be counted toward the 34 graduation units.

Grade Average

A 2.0 cumulative grade point average and at least a 2.0 cumulative grade point average in your major. Some departments require a higher GPA - please consult the specific department for more information.

Full-Time Enrollment

Full-time enrollment in the junior and senior years at Ohio Wesleyan or on an approved off-campus study program (see Residence Requirement ).

First Year Seminar

CNX 100: How to Change Your World is Ohio Wesleyan’s introduction to the goals and ethos of a twenty-first century liberal arts education. An interdisciplinary first-year seminar devoted to a complex global challenge, How to Change Your World focuses on problem-solving while building fundamental skills that will help students to succeed in college no matter where their interests take them. 

The First Year Seminar requirement is normally completed by taking CNX 100 by the end of a student’s second semester at Ohio Wesleyan, although students may be exempted from CNX 100 by achieving a grade of C- or better in an academic first year seminar at another accredited institution of higher learning (see Transfer of Credits). CNX 100 may not be taken credit/no entry.

Competency in English

To be certified as competent in English composition, students must demonstrate the ability to write logically structured, clear, and mechanically accurate expository essays and resource papers. This may be done in one of two ways:

  1. Standardized Testing. Distinguished performance on one of the following standardized tests of verbal aptitude and skills will result in exemption from the English composition requirement:
    1. Any student receiving a composite grade of 4 or 5 on the Advanced Placement Examination in English Literature and Composition will be exempted from ENG 105  and will receive one unit of credit for an English literature course. Students receiving a score of 4 or 5 on the English Language and Composition exam will be exempted from and receive credit for ENG 105 . Students receiving scores of 4 or 5 on both AP exams in English will be exempted from ENG 105  and will receive one unit of credit for ENG 105  and one unit of credit for an English literature course. The literature credit received will not substitute for ENG 250 .
    2. A score of 710 or higher on the “old” SAT Critical Reading test or A score of 37 on the “new” SAT “Reading” test
    3. A score of 710 or higher on the SAT-II subject test in writing or English composition, of the College Entrance Examination Board.
    4. A score of 30 or higher on the ACT sub-test in English.
  2. Course Completion. Students not exempted by reason of their test scores (see A. above) will demonstrate competence by achieving a grade of C- or better in ENG 105 , which may not be taken credit/no entry. The English composition requirement normally must be completed by the end of the student’s second semester at Ohio Wesleyan.

Core Competencies

The Statement of Aims affirms that an Ohio Wesleyan education fulfills its ultimate purpose when it equips students “with knowledge, competence, and character for leadership, service, and continued learning in a complex and increasingly global society.” The Core Competencies represent those forms of knowledge, skill, and self-reflection most essential to achieving this purpose.

Students must take one course in each of the following categories, and no more than two courses taken to fulfill the core competencies may have the same disciplinary prefix (e.g., ART, BIOL, COMM). Courses taken to fulfill the Core Competencies may not be taken credit/no entry.

Think Aesthetically 

Courses in this category focus on creating new works of art (e.g., visual arts, music, dance, theatrical performances, creative writing) and/or analyzing existing works of art and artistic movements.

Reason Formally and Quantitatively 

Courses that fulfill this competency have a substantial focus on quantitative methods and formal reasoning based on the use of arithmetical, algebraic, geometric, statistical, logical, and/or algorithmic approaches to solving problems. 

Question Scientifically

Courses in this category introduce students to the scientific method and how it can be deployed to investigate questions about the natural world.

Listen, Imagine, and Understand 

Courses in this category examine the meaning-making practices that help people interpret the world, developing critical reading and listening skills for cultivating empathy for lives and cultures unlike our own. 

Write and Speak Effectively 

Courses in this category focus on written and oral communication skills, devoting substantial class time to all stages of the compositional process, from invention through revision. 

Learn a Second Language 

Courses in this category focus on written and/or spoken languages other than English. Students must complete a language through the 111 level or show competency at that level through a placement exam, standardized test performance, or exemption for non-native speakers of English. (See A Note on the Learn a Second Language Core Competency below.)

Examine Power and Inequities 

Courses in this category explore the ways in which power is constructed, embedded, and employed in cultural, political, and social structures. Courses will consider the effect of such systems on cultures and individuals, as well as efforts to confront inequality.

Engage Diversity

Courses in this category focus on cultures, people, and places historically excluded by the Western academic tradition. Courses will engage issues of race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, ability, and class, and their complex, interrelated histories. 

Act Responsibly

Courses in this category equip students to engage as citizens of a diverse and interconnected world, drawing upon various ideas and ideals that guide human interaction, including historical, religious, ecological, philosophical, and ethical frameworks.

For more information on courses that count for each core competency, see the Core Competencies website.

Note on the Learn a Second Language Core Competency

Students may meet the Learn a Second Language core competency requirement in one of three ways:

  1. Course Completion. Students may fulfill the requirement by passing the second semester (111-level) of a foreign language at Ohio Wesleyan or by transferring from an institution of higher education a second semester course deemed equivalent to the 111-level in any current or ancient, oral or signed language other than English. Students planning to enroll in a foreign language course offered at Ohio Wesleyan who have had prior experience with that foreign language must take a placement test to verify their level. Placement tests are normally administered during Summer Orientation.

Students who elect language courses with numbers lower than their placement level will not receive graduation credit for those courses, although the grades will count in their semester and cumulative averages. Courses to meet the Learn a Second Language competency may not be taken credit/no entry.

  1. Standardized Testing. Distinguished performance on one of the following standardized tests of foreign language ability will result in exemption from the Learn a Second Language requirement:

 1. A score of 630 or higher on a foreign language SAT-II subject test of the College Entrance Examination Board. (A score of 460 places a student in the second semester of the language.)

  1. A score of 4 or above on the Advanced Placement Examination in a foreign language.
  1. Exemption for Non-native speakers of English. International students whose native language is not English are exempt from the Learn a Second Language competency requirement.

    Heritage speakers, global nomad students, and/or those students whose native language is not English and is not offered at OWU, but who finished high school in the U.S., still need to complete the foreign language competency. Even then, in such cases where a student is interested in being exempt from the Learn a Second Language competency requirement, the student will need to verify Foreign Language Proficiency. The Department of World Languages and Cultures recommends that such students take the ACTFL Oral and Writing Proficiency Assessment test. For more information, contact the Department of World Languages and Cultures and visit: http://www.actfl.org/professional-development/proficiency-assessments-the-actfl-testing-office.

Ohio Wesleyan’s Learn a Second Language competency requirement is consonant with longstanding expectations in the liberal arts and with the University’s avowed aim to equip “students with knowledge, competence, and character for leadership, service, and continued learning in a complex and increasingly global society.”

In rare instances, a student with a thoroughly documented and legally qualified disability MAY be able to substitute non-language courses for this requirement. Such substitutions require prior approval by the Academic Status Committee of the faculty and are granted only in cases where the functional limitations of a specific learning disability pertain directly to, and preclude, the learning of a foreign language. Exemption from a secondary school language requirement is NOT, by itself, grounds for approval at the college level. To explore whether you qualify for this substitution, contact the coordinator of Accessibility Services during your first semester on campus. This decision will NOT be made before the student matriculates at the college.

The OWU Connection

In his essay, “Only Connect: The Goals of a Liberal Education,” William Cronon says, “More than anything else, being an educated person means being able to see connections that allow one to make sense of the world and act within it in creative ways.”

The OWU Connection is Ohio Wesleyan’s signature program of experiential and co-curricular learning. The goal and spirit of the Connection is to encourage students to apply and extend what they have learned in the classroom in creative and scholarly projects, the workplace, and in the local and global community. In order to achieve this goal, all students are required to complete one Connection Experience (CX). 

Connection Experience Requirement. A Connection Experience (CX) is a significant and sustained experiential learning activity that allows students to connect their academic knowledge with opportunities outside the traditional classroom. Students are expected to use this experience to hone the transferable, core academic competencies emphasized in their General Education and major courses and apply them in new contexts, culminating in deep reflection on their learning and future. Connection Experiences fall into one or more of the following categories:

  • Undergraduate Research, Scholarship, and Creative Projects

  • Study Away Opportunities 

  • Service and Community-Based Learning

  • Career Preparation

While the types of experiences and activities that fall under the umbrella of the OWU Connection are many and varied, CXs that satisfy the General Education requirement, called GenEd CXs, must serve to integrate foundational knowledge developed within and among academic disciplines with meaningful experiences outside the classroom. All GenEd CXs must: 

1. involve content knowledge and skills gained in a disciplinary field of study;

2. transfer and apply this knowledge and skill in a significant and sustained activity outside of the traditional classroom;

3. involve substantive reflection on learning and future directions; 

4. culminate in a report back to the community.

All students must follow the same review and approval process for their GenEd CX. This process is outlined and explained in detail on the OWU Connection website (https://www.owu.edu/academics/the-owu-connection/).

Proficiency in Writing (The “U” Notation)

Any instructor in the University may submit, in addition to the regular grade in any course for any student, an unsatisfactory in writing (“U”) notation, regardless of the final grade, including courses taken credit/no entry, even though credit may not have been earned and the course not entered on the record. Students who receive a “U” notation in any course are required to work with a Writing Center instructor on their writing skills in the following semester. All “U” notations will be erased from the student’s academic record once the Writing Center staff certifies to the Registrar that the work to remove the “U” has been completed. If a student does not successfully complete the program to remove the “U” by the end of the semester after the “U” is received, the Committee on Academic Status will review the student’s records, which may result in academic dismissal. Seniors with “U”s on their record may not graduate until all “U”s are removed.

The Writing Center

The Writing Center, located in the R.W. Corns Building as part of the Sagan Academic Resource Center, provides professional tutorial instruction, writing practice, and evaluation/criticism for students needing to improve their writing skills to remove an unsatisfactory notation (“U”) from their academic records, or for their own satisfaction. The Writing Center is available without charge through referral by an instructor or through self-referral. Writing Center instructors work with problems of unity, organization, and development of short expository papers and with mechanical, syntactical, and stylistic problems at the sentence level. Furthermore, professors frequently refer students to the Writing Center for instruction on correct documentation and blending of sources. In addition, Writing Center instructors assist students with learning differences and international students in achieving writing competency. All students are tutored in the Center at times adjusted to their schedules, usually for one hour per week for as long as the students’ individual needs dictate. Students receiving a mid-semester “U” notation in any course are required to report to the Writing Center at the beginning of the second module, and must complete the program to remove the “U” by the end of the semester; students receiving a “U” notation at the end of a semester are required to report to the Writing Center at the beginning of the next semester and must complete the program to remove the “U” by the end of that semester. Failure to complete the tutoring program for clearing “U” notations may result in academic dismissal.

Policy on Participation in Commencement

Students who have at least 32 total completed and in-progress units toward graduation at the Spring semester withdrawal deadline will be eligible to participate in commencement in May. One’s intention to participate in commencement must be stated on the Application for Graduation and submitted to the Office of the Registrar during the Spring semester of your junior year.

The Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science Degrees

The Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees have the same graduation requirements, except that the Bachelor of Arts degree requires that students complete a Bachelor of Arts major whereas the Bachelor of Science degree requires that students complete a Bachelor of Science major. In addition to the requirements above for all Ohio Wesleyan degrees, each candidate for the Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science must complete or fulfill the following:

Unit Courses

Of the 34 graduation units, 31 must be full-unit courses or 1.25-unit courses. Modular (.50-unit) courses taken in the same discipline may be combined in pairs to count also as unit courses to fulfill graduation requirements. Modular courses taken in different disciplines may not be combined to count as unit courses, but instead will be counted in the three units of fractional courses that may count toward graduation. Credit for a maximum of two units (eight courses) in physical education activity courses, including varsity sports, may be earned and applied to the 34 units required for graduation. (Such courses are designated on the course schedule with prefix ACTV or VAR and 0 as the first digit of the course number.) If more than eight activity courses (two units) are completed, credit for subsequent courses will not be awarded and grades for such courses will not be included in term or cumulative GPA calculations. Credit for a maximum of two units in music ensemble courses may be earned and applied to the 34 units required for graduation. (Music ensembles are listed in this Catalog under Performing Arts .) If more than two units of music ensemble courses are completed, credit for subsequent courses will not be awarded and grades for such courses will not be included in term or cumulative GPA calculations.

At least 15 full-unit or 1.25-unit courses must be upper level (numbered 250 and above). To count toward the upper level course requirement, combinations of modular courses in the same discipline must be numbered 250 or above.


Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science majors both provide students with exposure to the depth and breadth of their chosen field. Many departments and programs choose to exclusively offer Bachelor of Arts majors. These majors will prepare students for future academic and professional activities in the major’s discipline. Some departments and programs, typically in the natural or social sciences, choose to offer both a Bachelor of Arts major and a Bachelor of Science major. In departments or programs that offer both, the Bachelor of Science major will typically have greater depth and a stronger emphasis on preparing students for more advanced study in the field. This increased depth may take the form of an increased number of required courses in the area, an increased number of required cognate courses, or a different selection of courses or experience in the area than is required for the Bachelor of Arts major.

Students must complete a major as defined by a department or approved program, including approved interdisciplinary majors and programs, with at least a C average (2.00). For majors in a particular discipline, this average will be computed using grades for all courses for the major and grades for all additional courses in the major discipline. For interdisciplinary majors, grades for all courses required for the major and for additional courses taken that could have been used to fulfill major requirements will be used.

Students must declare a major when they achieve junior status, although they are free to do so prior to that time. (Students who have earned 15 units are considered juniors for the purposes of registration.) Until they declare a major, juniors will have a hold placed on their registration. Students who do not meet the requirements for their desired major by the deadline should declare their intention to major by selecting the conditional major option. Once declared, students can easily change their major.

Requirements for a major may range from a minimum of eight to a maximum of 15 full-unit or 1.25-unit courses including required cognates and prerequisites. No more than 13 courses in a single discipline (English, mathematics, computer science, French, as examples) and no more than 17 courses within a single department (Mathematics and Computer Science, as examples) may be counted in the 34 units required for graduation. For these computations, two half-unit modules in the same discipline and each 1.25-unit course will count as the equivalent of a single course. Service or activity courses are not included in the calculations.


  • Because of state licensure requirements, students majoring in education may exceed the 15-unit maximum in the major, the 13-course limit in a single discipline, and the 17-course limit in a single department.

Completion of a major may include a capstone experience such as independent study or research, seminar participation, or creative work or performance. The appropriateness and nature of such an experience is determined by each department or program.

Graduating students who complete both a Bachelor of Science major and a Bachelor of Arts major may choose whether they receive a Bachelor of Arts degree or a Bachelor of Science degree. Students should notify the Registrar of their choice by end of the fall semester of their senior year.

Minors (Optional)

Students also may select one or more minors in departments or programs that have defined such tracks. A minor will consist of no less than five and no more than seven courses. A student may not major and minor in the same discipline. Courses taken on a credit/no entry basis may be counted in the minor at the discretion of the department or program under which the minor is offered. Students must maintain at least a C average (2.00) in their minor program(s). For minors in a particular discipline, this average will be computed using grades for all courses required for the minor and grades for all additional courses in the minor discipline. For interdisciplinary minors, grades for all courses required for the minor and for additional courses taken that could have been used to fulfill minor requirements will be used.

The Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree

For requirements supplemental to the Requirements for All Degrees section, see Fine Arts .

Two Bachelor’s Degrees

Students may work toward two baccalaureate degrees, usually the Bachelor of Arts and a second degree. These students must complete at least 42 units of credit and all requirements for both degrees. The major areas of study in the two-degree programs must be in different academic departments.

Combined Bachelor’s/Professional Degrees

The four-year baccalaureate program is the normal preparation for graduate and professional school. However, students with superior backgrounds and academic records may be permitted to plan “arts-professional” majors, combined-degree programs in which successful completion of the first year in professional school can apply toward the degree requirements.

To petition for admission to a combined-degree major, the student must have at least a 3.00 cumulative grade point average. He or she must complete at least 24 units of credit at Ohio Wesleyan before entering the professional school or certificate program. The University’s basic, core competency, and arts-professional major requirements must have been met. The petition must be filed with the Registrar and will be acted upon by the Academic Status Committee.

Students who meet all of the above requirements except the 3.00 average, and who matriculate with departmental approval in a professional school or certificate program, may petition the University faculty for special consideration. If the petition is approved, the student will be awarded the baccalaureate degree when awarded the professional diploma.

Arts-professional majors are interdepartmental and are described in the following chapter, Minors, under Combined-Degree Programs. They are offered in the following fields: 

These majors are essentially 4-1, 3-2, 3-1, or 3-1 1/2 programs. The 4-1 programs usually result in a baccalaureate degree from Ohio Wesleyan after four years, then a master’s degree from the professional school after one or more years. The 3-2 programs usually result in a bachelor’s degree from Ohio Wesleyan and a second degree from the professional school. The 3-1 or 3-11/2 programs usually result in a bachelor’s degree from Ohio Wesleyan and a second degree or certificate from the professional school.

Students who attempt arts-professional majors should read the statement before the major outline carefully, work closely with their advisors (major advisors are listed with the description), and be familiar with the admission requirements of one or more of the schools or certificate programs in which they are interested.

No courses in an arts-professional major may be taken credit/no entry.

Other Pre-Professional Programs

As stated above, the four-year baccalaureate program is the normal preparation for graduate or professional school. A thorough background in the liberal arts provides students with important knowledge of diverse disciplines and develops such abilities as clear, creative, and critical thought and effective oral and written expression.

To assist students whose plans include post-baccalaureate professional study in the fields below, Ohio Wesleyan also provides special programs with two principal components: (1) knowledgeable advisors who guide each student in constructing an appropriate course of study, in preparing for admission tests, and in applying to professional schools; and (2) curricula composed of the courses required by professional schools or the courses that have been most helpful in the past to students going on to advanced study in the particular field.

Pre-professional programs are interdisciplinary and are described in Majors and Minors . They are offered in the following fields:

Other Interdepartmental Majors

In addition to the programs listed above, Ohio Wesleyan offers students the following interdisciplinary majors. They are described in the following chapter, Majors and Minors , in alphabetical order:

Self-Designed Majors

Students with interests not readily accommodated within a standard departmental or interdepartmental major may create their own programs if they have a cumulative grade point average of 2.50 or better. Proposals have varied widely in nature. They may be topical (Ecology), regional (Russian or American Studies), or by period (Ancient World). Sample titles of self-designed interdisciplinary majors are “Social Ecology” and “Romance Languages and Literatures: A Comparative Study.”

It is expected that proposed self-designed programs will:

  1. Be substantially different from but no less rigorous than existing majors; and
  2. Reflect an emphasis consistent in breadth and focus with a liberal arts curriculum.

Instructions for preparing a self-designed major are available in the Academic Affairs Office (University Hall 107). Proposals normally should be filed there by April 1 of the sophomore year. Proposals from juniors will be considered only under exceptional circumstances; proposals from seniors will not be accepted.

For information about the specific courses being offered in the current academic year, visit the Travel-Learning Courses website (https://owu.edu/tlc).

Signature Projects

Students at Ohio Wesleyan have a wide array of opportunities that allow them to delve more deeply into the subjects and experiences that interest them most, often related to their major. The nature of these opportunities varies from one discipline to another, but all provide a unique path for students to apply the knowledge they have gained in regular coursework. Examples of Signature Projects include internships, research, recitals, art shows, pre-service teaching, editorial work, independent studies, directed readings, and honors projects. Some Signature Projects receive academic credit; others do not. Some happen on campus; some take place on another continent. Some occur during the academic year, some during breaks, and others in the summer. For more information visit https://owu.edu/sips.

Longstanding OWU programs, such as the Arneson Institute for Practical Politics and Public Affairs; The Woltemade Center for Economics, Business and Entrepreneurship; The New York Arts Program; and the Summer Science Research Program provide ongoing opportunities. Many departments also have a long tradition of out-of-class experiences that enrich students’ preparation for graduate study and for careers. Departments have funds designated to assist students in conducting and reporting on their Signature Projects. In addition, the Theory-to-Practice Grant program provides a unique source of funding for projects that students design and implement themselves.

Sagan National Colloquium

Involving students, alumni, and faculty as well as noted speakers and artists, the Sagan National Colloquium is the public affairs series of Ohio Wesleyan University. Adopted or adapted by several other colleges and universities, the Colloquium spotlights an issue of enduring concern in the liberal arts as well as in public life—issues such as censorship and power, the role of the family, or gender and identity. Individually or in specially designated classes, faculty and students explore this issue from many angles, in the light of both liberal learning and of practical experience in the community, business, and public life.

Seeking to contribute to a national revitalization of civic education, the Colloquium reaffirms Ohio Wesleyan’s traditional commitment to value-centered education and helps to prepare participants for an active role in the life of the community and the nation.

Cross-Cultural Experience

In the belief that intercultural awareness is an important aspect of liberal education, Ohio Wesleyan offers students a wide variety of cross-cultural opportunities both on and off campus. About 10 percent of the student body is international, adding a rich multicultural component to both classroom and living experiences. Regular course offerings include African, Asian, Black world, British, European (ancient, medieval, and modern), Latin American, and Middle East area studies.

Students who wish to develop a major in a cross-cultural area should explore the programs in anthropology, Black world studies, history, international studies, world languages and cultures, religion, and women’s and gender studies. Others who wish to sample these areas should examine special on-campus housing options and off-campus study or internship opportunities and may wish to seek out elective or distribution courses that examine cross-cultural subjects.

Off-Campus Study Programs

Ohio Wesleyan provides opportunities for a wide variety of study and internship placements in off-campus locations. International and domestic study opportunities ranging from one semester to a full academic year are available to upper-class students. The various programs are an integral part of the University curriculum and are carefully selected to provide the student with both immersion in the local culture and a sound academic experience. Many international and domestic programs have been approved by the University for credit transfer (see examples listed below). Other programs are available but require prior approval by the International & Off-Campus Programs Subcommittee of the Teaching and Assessment Committee of the Faculty. There are also summer international and domestic off-campus study and internship opportunities. Maximizing the benefits of off-campus study requires careful planning early in a student’s academic career. For additional information visit https://owu.edu/iocp. For eligibility requirements visit https://owu.edu/offcampuseligibility.

Approval for Off-Campus Study

A student must go through the following steps to receive approval for off-campus study by the published deadlines.

  1. Attend information sessions and complete the Round One and Round Two programs.
  2. Meet with IOCP staff and peer mentors.
  3. Complete the OWU Leave Application and pay the $150 fee. After receiving permission to study off-campus, complete the program application as directed by IOCP staff. Programs not on this pre-approved list, require approval and are subject to a $500 fee. 

Remember that all application materials flow through the IOCP Office at OWU.

Academic Credit for Off-Campus Study

Credit for approved programs will transfer if the work has been done satisfactorily (C- or better). All off-campus study grades are recorded, but do not affect a student’s grade point average. To assure normal progress toward the degree, it is necessary for each student to evaluate the amount of credit that will transfer to Ohio Wesleyan and to undertake a course of study that will meet both the student’s academic/intellectual interests and degree requirements. Students must complete academic planning exercises and course transfer pre-approval procedures prior to departure. Ohio Wesleyan students who attend an off-campus program without first being approved by the University to study off-campus will not receive transfer credit from such programs.

International Programs

Ohio Wesleyan operates programs abroad in addition to participating in the cooperative programs listed below, including GLCA-approved programs. For a complete list of approved programs, see https://owu.edu/studioabroad.

Ohio Wesleyan Programs

Pamplona, Spain

Ohio Wesleyan is affiliated with the University of Navarra in Pamplona, Spain. Qualified Ohio Wesleyan students may elect to study in this program during the summer, fall or spring terms. Students can live with Spanish families selected by the University of Navarra or in an international student residence on campus. Students will be able to choose from a variety of classes taught in Spanish and English. Depending on the student’s proficiency level, they may also be able to complete an internship during their stay in Pamplona. In addition to fulfilling the immersion requirement for Spanish majors, this program is also recommended for students majoring in International Studies, International Business, Public Health, and Global Scholars who wish to fulfill their study abroad requirements. Contact any Spanish faculty member for more information.

Tanzania, Africa

Ohio Wesleyan University in Tanzania. This program, based in Dar es Salaam, includes extensive study of African cultures, field experiences, and travel throughout Kenya, Uganda, and Tanzania. The program is loosely affiliated with the University of Dar es Salaam. Academic work for the program includes courses in East Africa Cultures; African Medical Systems; Women, Development, and the Environment; and Kiswahili. Students may participate in an internship with a professional social service or a research institution. Contact Dr. Randolph Quaye (Black World Studies), director of Ohio Wesleyan University in Tanzania. OWU In Tanzania program will be offered Spring 2025.

Other Opportunities

Language study. In addition to the University’s own program in Spain, Ohio Wesleyan offers language study programs in many locations. All of these programs assist students in developing facility with the pertinent languages. Many of these add an employable skill for later work in law, health, education, journalism, or public service, either internationally or in the ethnic areas of cosmopolitan America.

Note: Students normally are not permitted to study at another American college or university during the academic year. Certain American programs have been authorized, however, such as those that follow.

Ohio Wesleyan Programs

Wesleyan in Washington. Internship opportunities in governmental and quasi-governmental agencies in Washington, D.C. Students live in University-arranged apartments, complete one academic seminar, and receive credit for three units of supervised internship experience.

New York Arts Program (NYAP). This program provides students seriously interested in dance, fine arts, music, theatre, and communications and media an opportunity to experience the world of the established professional artist in New York City. Juniors and seniors apprentice for a semester with a recognized producing artist. In addition, participants attend meetings on the arts and experience a broad range of events in the arts. Credits awarded for this internship program will only be counted in the major for the B.A. or B.F.A. degrees, with approval from the department chair.  


A variety of internship opportunities, including several of the programs above, are available. Students will be charged regular tuition whether they are on- or off-campus during their internships. 

Many students elect internships requiring full-time work, for which up to three units of credit may be earned; others spread their internships over one or more semesters while taking one, two, or three regular courses. A maximum of three internship credits (courses numbered 495) may be counted toward graduation; credits received for participation in any approved program will be excluded from the three-unit limit. Students desiring to earn a fourth credit during the full-time internship must arrange for a concurrent independent study or directed reading (in an academic subject), either of which may be completed upon return to campus. Some departments will allow fewer than three units of internship credit as part of the curriculum required for a major.

Ohio Wesleyan students have been placed recently in business, government, museums, laboratories, social service agencies, art studios, media outlets, and administrative offices on campus. In order to prepare for the work experience, students normally take at least four pertinent background courses as a prerequisite.

The guidelines above apply to internships done by students while they are taking courses on campus at OWU. Off-campus programs, such as New York Arts and Wesleyan in Washington have developed their own standards.

For B.A. degree students, credit for departmental internship programs will not be counted in the 13-course maximum allowed in the major department (see Majors section).

General information on internships is available in the Career Connection office and in the International and Off-Campus Programs Office. However, students must work out details in advance with the appropriate academic department. Applications for full-time programs (three units in one semester) must be submitted to the International and Off-Campus Programs Office according to the following schedule:

Summer May 1
Fall semester February 1
Spring Semester September 15

Summer School

Ohio Wesleyan offers courses during one five-week session and one ten-week session each summer beginning one week after Commencement. For information on courses offered and registration, contact the Office of Academic Affairs or the Registrar’s Office.