There are two kinds of Rel-Phil Majors, depending on your previous experience in church work and your plans for seminary:

1) The Religion-Philosophy Major with Pre-Seminary Emphasis.
In addition to the basic major requirements, the following courses are especially useful for seminary preparation.

REL 250/450 Practicum in Church Work
REL 330/331 Hellenistic Greek
REL 380 Classics in Christian Thought
REL 390 Contemporary Christian Thought
REL 461 Travel Seminar

2) The Religion-Philosophy Major, 3-3 Program
This program allows select non-traditional students to accelerate their college and seminary training time from 7 to 6 years, by counting the first year of seminary as the fourth year of the bachelor's program.

While a great amount of variety is found in the requirements of various theological schools, the following is regarded by the American Association of Theological Schools as a list of fields in which the student should have proficiency before entering into seminary study. A suggested minimum degree is given in terms of semesters.


Literature, Writing, Speech and Related Studies



Ancient, Modern, European and American



Historical Development, Content and Methods


Natural Sciences

Physical Chemistry or Biology


Social Sciences

Psychology, Sociology, Economics,
Political Science and Education


Foreign Language

Some seminaries require Biblical language;
a modern language is also considered desirable

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Basic knowledge of the Bible with introduction
to the major religions of the world


Of the possible fields of study for a college major, English, philosophy, religion, history, political science, psychology or sociology are regarded as useful by most theological schools.

Your stay at DWU will also provide opportunities for growth in leadership through participation in the *Campus Ministry program, and through opportunities for church-related work through the "Practicum in Church Work" course. (REL 250, see Course Description)
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