From Ohio History Central
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Ohio Wesleyan continued to grow in the twentieth century. Debates over sororities and fraternities continued, and wars also continued to have an impact on the school. Half of the male student population served during World War I, and the student population once again decreased during World War II. The curriculum changed from a classical liberal arts focus to practical preparation for specific occupations. Students were allowed to declare a major for the first time in 1919. The Great Depression caused financial difficulties for Ohio Wesleyan, but administrators trimmed the budget and the school survived. During the 1960s and 1970s, campus unrest led to the students having more of a say in campus decision-making. As a result of student protests, the university modified requirements that students attend religious services and placed less of a focus on religion in education. The university also offered new courses. Economic concerns and plans for the future have led university administrators to institute a number of fund-raising campaigns in recent years.