Seminary students are church leaders in training. As a student in Calvin's pre-seminary program, you'll take courses to prepare you for any number of seminary programs nationwide.
The pre-seminary program at Calvin is a series of classes in English, speech, philosophy, psychology, history, Greek and sociology designed for students who are interested in pursuing ordained ministry. This program can be paired with any major at Calvin, as most seminaries receive graduates from a variety of fields and academic interests. Recent graduates of Calvin's pre-seminary program have gone to some of the most prestigious schools in the country, including Princeton, Yale, Harvard, Duke and Fuller.
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Attend the annual Seminary Fair to investigate schools from a wide variety of denominations and traditions; complete a 10-week internship as a Jubilee Fellow; join in department-wide events like lectures and seminars.
The department of congregational and ministry studies (CMS) serves as the home of the pre-ministry advising program. A team of advisors connected to this department is committed to guiding students through the process of discerning a call to ministry by means of one-on-one conversations and occasional events and programs held throughout the year. Students interested in ministry should direct any questions to one of the following advisors:
M. Lundberg is on sabbatical during the 2012 Interim and the Spring semester. During that time, T. Cioffi will be the acting coordinator of pre-ministry advising and the primary pre-seminary advisor.
The Association of Theological Schools (ATS) recommends that pre-seminary students develop the ability to think carefully, communicate clearly, and do independent research. Pre-seminary students should also learn about human culture and society, and may find it useful to develop proficiency in biblical languages, Latin, and modern languages. Due to differing expectations from different seminaries, the college has no formal program of pre-seminary study, but rather presents a series of suggested courses that students can consider in consultation with the college?s pre-seminary advisors. Pre-seminary students should consult the catalogs of the particular seminaries that they are considering attending for the specific admission requirements of those schools.
Because many Calvin students choose to attend Calvin Theological Seminary, and because of the close relationship between the two institutions, the admission requirements of the seminary are included here as an example of typical seminary admissions expectations: Students must meet all of the college?s requirements for a bachelor?s degree, as well as the admissions requirements of the seminary, including a minimum GPA of 2.67. Calvin Theological Seminary recommends that pre-seminary students emphasize the following areas of study: classical civilization, English, Greek, history, philosophy, psychology, sociology, and theology.
Calvin Seminary's master of divinity (MDiv) program prepares persons for ordained ministry. To enter the MDiv program, pre-seminary students should complete the following courses:
Calvin Seminary's Master of Arts degrees (with concentrations in evangelism and mission, educational ministries, worship, pastoral care, youth and family ministries, and Bible & theology) prepare persons for leadership in various areas of church ministry. The seminary recommends that students take one college course each in English, literature, philosophy, and speech, as well as two each in history, natural science, and social science. In addition, for the MA in evangelism and missions, one college course is required in cultural anthropology; and for the MA in worship, two college courses are required in music or the arts.
Calvin Seminary's master of theological studies program provides a theological education that emphasizes vocational objectives for students who are not seeking ordination, as well as preparation for further academic study in Bible and theology. It is recommended that college students take at least two semester length courses each in English (including literature), history, philosophy, natural science, and social science. Four semesters of Greek are encouraged.
Dollar amounts reflect awards given for the 2012-13 academic year.
Interested in teaching? You can gain certification in Pre-Seminary as a:
Calvin's teacher education program also contains education-specific course requirements that you must complete prior to certification. See course requirements for: