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(Pre-) Ministerial

Almost all theological seminaries require some undergraduate education; most require a college degree. The best preparation for ministerial study is a thorough and broad exposure to culture—ancient and modern—literature and language, the arts and the history of ideas. Students also need to develop solid analytic abilities, facility in developing logically rigorous and sound arguments, and skills in written and oral expression. To do so, they may choose majors in the humanities or social sciences, focusing electives in religion and philosophy or select an Interdisciplinary Studies (B.S.) with cores in religion and philosophy. Consult the pre-ministerial and major advisor to create an individualized plan of study based on the entry requirements of the ministerial program of choice.

Is it for you?

This program will be a good fit if you:

  • Are a good listener and communicator
  • Have a desire to help people
  • Have an interest in history and culture
  • Enjoy teaching others how to do something

Suggested Majors

  • English (B.A.)
  • History (B.A./B.S.)
  • Human Development and Family Studies (B.S.)
  • Interdisciplinary Studies (B.S.)
  • Psychology (B.S.)
  • Sociology (B.A./B.S.)

Still deciding? Reflecting on your values, interests, personality traits, and skills will provide valuable insight as you explore major and career choices. FOCUS 2 CAREER, a self-guided assessment, education and career planning program, will help you do just that. SDSU students may access FOCUS 2 CAREER by using the code: jacks. After completing FOCUS 2 CAREER, you may find it helpful to discuss your results with a career coach in the Office of Career Development.