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Pre-theology at JMU is not a major, minor or concentration but a recommended set of courses and experiences designed to prepare you for entrance into professional schools of religion (divinity schools, seminaries, theological schools). These professional schools prepare you for a variety of careers, such as ministry, religious education and religious work with youth and others.

You can major in any discipline you choose, although the American Association for Theological Schools recommends substantial pre-professional training in the following areas:

  • Philosophy and religion
  • English language and literature
  • American and European history
  • Physical and life sciences
  • Social sciences (particularly psychology, anthropology and sociology)
  • Biblical and modern languages
  • Religion, including the Bible and history of religious traditions and theology

Pre-theology Advising

For more information about professional schools of religion and academic preparation, contact:

            Dr. Iain Maclean, Coordinator
            Phone: (540) 568-7059
            E-mail: macleaix@jmu.edu