The Pre-Ministry Track

The recommended course of study includes at least three courses in religion (9 hours); one course in philosophy (3 hours); one course in English or world literature (3 hours); one religion internship (3 hours); and a major in one of the following fields of study: archaeology, anthropology, art history, classical studies, economics, English, foreign language, history, international studies, music, philosophy, political science, psychology, religion, sociology, or writing. A major outside this list may be chosen in consultation with the pre-ministry advisor.

Pre-Ministry students also have the option of designing their own Interdisciplinary Studies major in order to meet their personal and professional goals in preparation for seminary and ministry. The student designs a course plan in consultation with the Pre-Ministry advisor, and then submits it to the Interdisciplinary Studies Subcommittee for approval. Following are five sample course plans which focus on the needs and interests of Pre-Ministry students and meet the requirements for the Interdisciplinary Studies major.

Biblical and Early Church Studies (45 hours)

Students take an integrated series of courses focused on the study of the Bible in its original language and exploration of the ancient world which was its historical context. Courses are drawn from three academic disciplines: Religion, Ancient Greek, and History.

Religion: at least five courses (at least three of which must be at the 300 level or above) from Religion 140, 150, 210, 305, 320, 330, 375, 430

Ancient Greek: at least five courses from Greek 211, 212, 351, 371, 411, 421, 430;

History: at least five courses from History 311, 312, 380, 480; Philosophy 211; ID 250, 325

Recommended related courses: Anthropology 440, 453; Archaeology 106, 307, 308, 311, 415; Art History H387; English 343; Religion 435

Biblical and Ancient Studies (45 hours)

Through this connected course plan students gain skills in interpretation of the biblical text, and a broad knowledge of the ancient world which was its historical and cultural context. Courses are drawn from three academic disciplines: Religion, History, and Archaeology.

Religion: at least five courses (at least three of which must be at the 300 level or above) from Religion 140, 150, 210, 305, 320, 330, 375, 430

History: at least five courses from History 311, 312, 380, 480; Philosophy 211; ID 250, 325

Archaeology: at least five courses (at least three of which must be at the 300 level or above) from Archaeology 105, 106, 206, 207, 306, 307, 308, 311, 320, 415, 492

Recommended additional courses: Anthropology 453; Art History H387; English 343

Biblical and Literary Studies (45 hours)

Students take a wide-ranging but integrated series of courses focused on the study of the biblical text in its original language, ancient classical literature, and global literature reflecting the cultural impact of Christianity. Courses are drawn from three academic disciplines: Religion, Ancient Greek, and English.

Religion: at least five courses (at least three of which must be at the 300 level or above) from Religion 140, 150, 201, 210, 305, 320, 330, 345, 375, 380, 430, 440

Ancient Greek: at least five courses from Greek 211, 212, 351, 371, 411, 421, 430

English: at least five courses from English 223, 231, 300, 310, 330, 344, 350, 370

Related courses: Art History H383, 384, H387; History 313, 314, 321; Interdisciplinary 235; Religion 254; 345, 435; Russian 333

Theology, Literature, and Art (45 hours)

Students take a broad mix of courses focused on theological interpretation of the biblical text, and on global literature and art reflecting the cultural impact of the Bible and of Christianity. Courses are drawn from three academic disciplines: Religion, English, and Art History.

Religion: at least five courses (at least three of which must be at the 300 level or above) from Religion 140, 150, 201, 210, 305, 315, 320, 330, 340, 345, 375, 380, 430, 440

English: at least five courses from English 223, 231, 300, 310, 330, 344, 350, 370

Art History: at least five courses from Art History 208; H383, 384, H387, 492; Archaeology 308; Interdisciplinary 235; Russian 333

Recommended additional courses: English 343; History 313, 314, 321; Religion 254, 340

Theology, Philosophy, and Literature (45 hours)

Students gain a substantive exposure to theology, to philosophy, and to global literature relating to theological themes, and explore the intersections of these various areas of study, in a flexible course plan which can be adapted to individual interests. Courses are drawn from three academic disciplines: Religion, Philosophy, and English.

Religion: at least five courses (at least three of which must be at the 300 level or above) from Religion 140, 150, 201, 210, 305, 315, 320, 330, 340, 345, 375, 380, 430, 440

Philosophy: at least five courses (at least three of which must be at the 300 level or above) from Philosophy 111, 121, 211, 221, 231, 301, 317, 321, 340, 412, 447, 450, 459

English: at least five courses from English 223, 231, 300, 310, 330, 344, 350, 370

Related courses: English 343; History 313, 314, 321; Religion 254, 340

Course List

  • ANTH 440 Linguistic Anthropology
  • ANTH 453 Anthropology of Religion
  • ARCH 105 Introduction to Greek Archaeology
  • ARCH 106 Introduction to Roman Archaeology
  • ARCH 206 Introduction to Near Eastern Archaeology
  • ARCH 207 Introduction to Egyptian Archaeology
  • ARCH 306 Introduction to Greek Architecture
  • ARCH 307 Introduction to Roman Architecture
  • ARCH 308 Greek and Roman Sculpture
  • ARCH 311 Archaeology of Syro-Palestine
  • ARCH 320 Topics in Archaeology
  • ARCH 415 Women in Antiquity
  • ARCH 492 Topical Seminars in Archaeology
  • ARTH 208 Survey of Art I
  • ARTH H383 Medieval Art
  • ARTH 384 Renaissance Art
  • ARTH H387 English Art and Architecture (Roman Period to 1533)
  • ARTH 492 Topical Seminars in Art History
  • ENGL 223 World Classics
  • ENGL 231 Masterpieces of English Literature I
  • ENGL 300 Early English Writers
  • ENGL 310 Renaissance and Seventeenth Cent
  • ENGL 330 Special Topics in Literature
  • ENGL 343 Norse Myth, Saga, and Legend
  • ENGL 344 Masterpieces of Russian Literature
  • ENGL 350 Shakespeare
  • ENGL 370 The Age of Enlightenment
  • GRK 211 Intermediate Ancient Greek
  • GRK 212 Introduction to Greek Prose
  • GRK 351 Attic Greek Prose
  • GRK 371 New Testament Greek Exegesis
  • GRK 411 Ancient Greek Drama
  • GRK 421 Ancient Greek Poetry
  • GRK 430 Individual Readings in Greek Literature
  • HIST 311 The Greeks and the East
  • HIST 312 The Evolution of Rome
  • HIST 313 Medieval Europe 410-1350
  • HIST 314 Birth of the Modern West
  • HIST 321 Islam and the West in the Middle Ages
  • HIST 380 Topics in History
  • HIST 480 Special Topics in History
  • ID 235 Sacred Architecture
  • ID 250 Myths of the Greeks
  • ID 325 Alexander the Great
  • PHIL 111 Introduction to Western Philosophy
  • PHIL 121 Introductory Ethics
  • PHIL 211 Ancient Greek Philosophy
  • PHIL 221 Modern European Philosophy
  • PHIL 231 Symbolic Logic
  • PHIL 301 Selected Topics in Philosophy
  • PHIL 317 Bioethics
  • PHIL 321 Social and Political Philosophy
  • PHIL 340 Philosophy of Religion
  • PHIL 412 Contemporary Philosophy
  • PHIL 447 Philosophy of Mind
  • PHIL 450 Feminist Philosophy
  • PHIL 459 Philosophical Classics
  • REL 140 Reading the Old Testament
  • REL 150 Introduction to the New Testament
  • REL 201 Religious Ethics
  • REL 210 Ancient Christianity
  • REL 254 Christian Worship
  • REL 305 Bible and Justice
  • REL 315 Jews, Christians, Muslims
  • REL 320 Jesus and the Gospels
  • REL 330 Paul and his Letters
  • REL 340 Women and Religion
  • REL 345 Theology and Story
  • REL 375 Bible, Gender, and Culture
  • REL 380 Topics in Comparative and Cultural Studies
  • REL 430 Topics in Biblical Studies
  • REL 435 Biblical Language Practicum
  • REL 440 Topics in Theological and Ethical Studies
  • RUSS 333 Russian Culture