Undergraduate Programs

The requirements for an Ottawa University Bachelor's degree specify what the faculty believes to be essential for a lifelong pursuit of a liberal education. These requirements allow each student the freedom to select or design a course of study. At the same time, the requirements provide a common structure to promote the balance and coherence necessary for truly liberal study; thus, every student is called upon to select courses in such a way that work in one subject illuminates and is illuminated by the study of another.

Ottawa University’s mission statement gives further clarity and focus to academics. The mission statement reads in part: “Building on its foundation as a Christ-inspired community of grace and open inquiry, Ottawa University prepares professional and liberal arts graduates for lifetimes of personal significance, vocational fulfillment, and service to God and humanity.” Faculty at Ottawa University foster an attitude of service that reflects the institution’s mission. The mission is also reflected in the academic program—including liberal arts studies, major area coursework, and electives—which is designed to help students acquire the knowledge, skills and values that prepare them to become fulfilled and productive members of society, and concerned and informed citizens of the world.