The Pre-Ministry and Community Engagement major is designed to prepare the student for seminary, or for lay work in non-profit, social justice centered religious and secular organizations. It provides a framework for an ecumenical religious education, an ethically informed approach to local, regional, and global inequities, and pragmatic strategies for working with organizations that seek to address and alleviate suffering.
This major is designed for the student who has interest in pursuing a career in ministry, religion-affiliated counseling, or lay work with social justice organizations. Depending on student goals, it can prepare one for seminary or yeshiva, or it can be a preparation toward a vocation within a religious or nonprofit context. A student may not combine this major with other majors offered in the Religious Studies Program.
The Pre-Ministry and Community Engagement major requires 33 credit hours of coursework. All prerequisites must be completed prior to enrollment in the following courses.
Students majoring in Pre-Ministry and Community Engagement are encouraged to enhance their major experience by studying biblical languages, such as Greek and Hebrew, when available through the department of languages.