University of Evansville Announces New Pre-Ministry Program

Posted: Wednesday, June 1, 2016

The University of Evansville has announced the implementation of a new pre-ministry program. Classes in the program will begin this fall.

Pre-ministry advisor James Ware, UE professor of philosophy and religion, explained that this new pre-ministry track builds on UE’s already well-established academic strengths.

“Students in the program will receive an excellent liberal arts education with a wide range of fields of study,” Ware said. “They will work closely with their pre-ministry advisor to plan a course of study that meets their goals and interests. Because of this flexibility, it is a great choice not only for those planning a career in ministry but also for students considering other career paths as well.”

Courses in the program will include religion, philosophy, and English or world literature. Students can major in such diverse areas as archaeology, anthropology, art history, classical studies, economics, English, foreign language, history, international studies, music, philosophy, political science, psychology, religion, sociology, or writing.

Students will be encouraged to take ancient Greek as that knowledge is especially valuable in seminary or theological study. They will also be encouraged to pursue either a classical studies or classical languages minor with concentration in Greek.

The program will also provide practical experience in ministry that conforms to the recommendations of the Association of Theological Schools. Students will intern with local churches and para-church ministries. They will have the opportunity to gain valuable experience through participation in the annual UE Midwest Campus Festival of Young Preachers, service through the University’s Neu Chapel, and leadership in UE’s numerous campus ministries.

“Because of the excellence of their preparation in biblical study and biblical language study,” added Ware, “our graduates regularly receive advanced standing in the seminary or theological school of their choice.”

For more information, please contact Ware at jw44@evansville.edu or 812-477-2057.

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