As a religion major, you choose a concentration in either Eastern or Western religions. You will explore various religious and philosophical traditions in depth. You’ll take challenging classes that require self-reflection, debate and extensive writing.
We also offer a pre-seminary option if you’re interested in attending a seminary. You’ll be assigned a faculty advisor who will work with you from day one until you graduate. Your advisor will help you design a program of study that will prepare you for the rigors of seminary school. Your academic progress will be closely monitored to make sure your GPA remains solid. Our professors go above and beyond to provide extra help and tutoring if needed.
Although ONU is associated with the United Methodist Church, our religion program is non-sectarian. In other words, we don’t favor a certain religion. But you’ll discover that faith and service are integral parts of life on campus for most ONU students.
At ONU, you’re guaranteed to learn just as much outside the classroom as you do inside. You may attend national religious conferences and engage in internships. Or undertake independent studies and assist professors with research. Or build homes for Habitat for Humanity or mentor troubled youth in juvenile detention centers.
From the moment you arrive on campus, you’ll feel at home. You’ll become part of a close-knit family. You’ll enjoy small class sizes and amazing friendships. Our dedicated professors will get to know you. They will help you grow intellectually, spiritually and professionally. They will become personally invested in your success – in college and beyond.
When you graduate from ONU, you’ll have the knowledge, skills and confidence to follow your calling – wherever it leads!
OH, THE PLACES YOU’LL GO
Imagine traveling to a major city with your professors and peers to attend a national conference sponsored by the United Methodist Church. Or spending your spring break building houses with Habitat for Humanity. Or going on a mission trip to a developing country. We believe a well-rounded education includes opportunities to travel, experience new places and meet new people, and stretch your comfort zone. These opportunities are here for you to grab.
BE A FRIEND
Ready to make a new friend – a pint-sized one? Ada Friends is a special mentorship program that pairs ONU students with children at Ada Elementary. The “big” and “little” matches meet once a week for fun activities. It’s a great way to have an impact on a child’s life. Ada Friends is just one of many service learning and outreach activities that you could get involved with.
DEBORAH LIGHT BA WITH A MAJOR IN RELIGION ‘00
A religion major is a stepping stone to a variety of career paths. You have the flexibility to take the more traditional path of seminary or a non-traditional path that can lead to an array of opportunities.
Service to others has always been a big part of Deb Light’s life. As a religion major at ONU, she sang with the Gospel Ensemble, was active in Residence Life, and volunteered with Habitat for Humanity. Through these experiences, she made lifelong friends and memories. Her involvement with ONU’s chapter of Habitat led to her becoming the volunteer director for Habitat of Humanity-MidOhio in Columbus. In this role, she coordinates more than 5,000 volunteers each year as well as the AmeriCorp program. She was a crew leader at the Jimmy Carter Work Project, participated in Habitat builds in nine states and recently built in Cambodia on a Habitat Global Village trip. “I get to meet lots of interesting volunteers and watch families journey toward home ownership. Seeing the joy in a family’s eyes during their wall-raising ceremony or home dedication celebration is priceless.”
OUTCOMES AND COURSES
- We boast an excellent 100% placement rate for our graduates in employment, seminary and graduate school. Our top students often receive full-tuition scholarships for seminary.
- Recent philosophy and religion graduates have attended Princeton Theological Seminary, Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, Wesley Theological Seminary, and Methodist Theological School in Ohio.
Here are some courses you’ll take as a religion major:
- Religion and Culture
- American Christianity
- Women in the Bible
- Religions East and West
- Christian Thought to 1500
- Introduction to Old Testament
- Introduction to New Testament
WHERE COULD YOU END UP?
Philosophy and religion are versatile majors, and you could find employment in almost any field, including:
- Information technology
- Health care
Check out where some of our recent religion graduates have ended up: Sara Zeiger is a senior research analyst at Hedayh, the International Center of Excellence for Countering Violent Extremism in Abu Dhabi, UAE. Monicah (Clink) Fratena is a youth services librarian at La Porte County Public Library in Indiana. Nick Fedrinko is a church musician in the Cincinnati area.