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Pre-ministry students work closely with a mentor to determine their own individualized experience as they progress through the program.

The pre-ministry program is a collaboration between the Office of the Chaplain and the Department of Religious Studies.

Its purpose is to prepare students who wish to explore the possibility of religious vocations; who intend to pursue studies in seminaries, divinity or rabbinical schools, or other graduate programs; or who wish to engage in some form of ministry, mission, or service work directly after college.

Students interested in ordained ministries, youth and campus ministry, mission work, social work, or counseling are encouraged to be involved in the program. There is no particular major required, but such students often major in Religious Studies, Psychology, History, Philosophy, Political Science, fine and performing arts, and/or Communication and New Media Studies.

Depending on a student’s career goals and religious affiliation, we recommend taking a variety of courses in REL, PSY, POL, PHL, COM/NMS, HST, ENG, ANT, SOC and the arts. Regardless of career goals, we recommend at least two full years of college-level modern language study for all students in the Pre-Ministry program. We also recommend that students study abroad or off campus for a semester, if possible, and undertake at least one internship (either during the academic year or during the summer).

Participants in this program will discern their sense of call through both on and off campus ministry leadership opportunities, including preaching in local congregations, community organizing, graduate school visits, and service locally, nationally, and/or internationally. Students work closely with their mentor in the program, usually the chaplain or appropriate religious leader, to determine an individualized experience based on the strengths, talents, and inclinations of the student.

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