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Church‑Related Vocations
J. Lawrence Brasher, Advisor
A broadly diversified liberal arts education is basic to a career in the
pastoral ministry, missions, Christian education, and other specialized
ministries. Students planning careers in any of these areas will complete
their preparation in a theological seminary or graduate school. In
anticipation of advanced theological training, a major in religion and
philosophy is recommended. Such a major leaves sufficient freedom for
students to choose from a wide range of elective courses according to their
own particular interests.
A faculty advisor assists each student in working out a four-year
program of studies to fit his or her individual needs. Coursework in
religion is usually begun in the first year with RE 201 Introduction to
Christianity and RE 205 Hebrew Bible or RE 215 Christian Scriptures. In
other years advanced courses in Biblical studies and theology, and courses
in religion and society should be taken. The sequence of courses in history
of philosophy is also helpful in preparation for seminary. Electives should
be chosen from the following areas: history, English, psychology, sociology,
political science, language, science, and the fine arts.
Health‑Related Vocations
H. Wayne Shew, Health Professions Program Advisor
Students considering careers in the health professions should inform
their academic advisors and the pre-health advisor of their plans as soon as
possible. The pre-health advisor will provide students information about
the pre-health advising system. Although their courses of study are under
the general direction of the pre-health advisor, their particular schedules
should be determined through consultation with their specific academic
advisor. Admission tests, such as the Medical College Admission Test
MCAT), Dental Admission Test (DAT), etc., should be taken during the
spring of the junior year, or in the early summer after their junior year.
A review and evaluation of each student’s undergraduate record is made
by the Health Professions Advisory Committee following completion of
the student’s junior year. This written evaluation is sent to the professional
schools to which the student applies for admission.
Undergraduate requirements for admission to various health-related
programs differ according to the program and the professional school.
Students should be familiar with the requirements before applying for