At a glance: Religion
"ONU challenged me to grow academically by exposing me to a new world of religious, philosophical, social and political ideas, which prepared me very well for my seminary studies. At ONU, I was able to grow through close relationships with outstanding and diverse faculty who took me seriously as a student and as a person. These relationships helped nurture in me a passion for learning, which I will always carry with me. In that sense, ONU not only prepared me for a career in ministry, but for any challenge I may face."
Seth Auman, BA ’02
Religion addresses universal human concerns and diverse world views in an intellectually exciting and personally nurturing environment. Students benefit from special topics courses, and all majors write a senior essay under the one-on-one guidance of a faculty member. Visit the department's web site.
Religion majors earn a bachelor of arts degree. A concentration in either eastern or western religion is required. A minor in religion is available.
Although graduates in philosophy and religion are well prepared for a variety of professional career choices and graduate programs, many philosophy and religion majors pursue careers in law, ministry, medicine or religious education/seminary.
The Wesley Center Complex consists of the Walter and Marian English Chapel and the Burgett Pavilion. The philosophy and religion department is located in the Burgett Wing of the Wesley Center. The English Chapel, which seats 375 people, contains a prayer room, two multi-purpose rooms, the office of the University chaplain and the headquarters for the student religious council. The Burgett Pavilion contains three classrooms, a conference room, a student lounge and faculty offices.
The classrooms are equipped with the latest educational technologies: computers with direct Internet access, projectors and DVD players. There is wireless access to the ONU computer system and the Internet throughout the building.
There are a variety of religious organizations that provide opportunities for worship, fellowship, outreach and service both on and off campus. Religion students are active in student organizations related to the chapel program, such as chapel band, Northern Christian Fellowship and the Newman Club. They often serve on the chaplain’s student staff.
Religion Program Outcomes
- Develop a greater understanding of the complex interactions of religion, history and culture
- Situate their own convictions and commitments in relation to competing context and traditions
- Develop critical thinking and communication skills
- Acquire a breadth and depth of knowledge in the (academic) study of religion
- Full-time employment
- Graduate programs (MSW, JD)
- Five students have attended Wesley Theological Seminary
- Students have received the highest academic scholarships awarded at Princeton and Wesley
- Students have received full-tuition scholarships to pursue graduate studies
Recent religion graduates have attended Princeton Theological Seminary, Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, Wesley Theological Seminary, Candler School of Theology and the Methodist Theological School in Ohio. Several graduates of the program have gone on to receive full-tuition scholarships to seminary, including additional funds for room, board and text books.