Ministry

Walter E. Wyman, Jr. (Religion)

The American Association of Theological Schools recommends a broad liberal arts education as the most desirable undergraduate preparation for the ministry. English, history, philosophy, and the social sciences are all appropriate as undergraduate majors. Some experience in the sciences and in the fine arts is recommended. A religion major or a religion minor, while not an essential prerequisite for graduate study, would provide a solid basis for seminary, rabbinical school, or other ministerial training by setting ministry studies in a broad perspective. Foreign languages (such as French and German for academic purposes, but also the languages of sacred texts such as Hebrew, Greek, Arabic, Latin, Sanskrit, Pali, Chinese, or Japanese) are highly advisable for students contemplating doctoral work in religion.