Pre-theology prepares students for careers in the service of religious communities (i.e. ministry, religious education, counseling, and chaplaincy). Specialized training and graduate degrees are often required from theological seminaries, rabbinical schools, or university divinity schools. Students receive guidance from the pre-theology adviser about courses and experiential learning opportunities at JMU that will provide an academic foundation for graduate studies in theology. They also have an opportunity to develop practical skills or vocational gifts.

Students in this program may declare any major, although the American Association for Theological Schools recommends substantial pre-professional training in philosophy and religion. The Department of Philosophy and Religion provides pre-theology students with a robust offering of courses and the opportunity to receive academic credit for practical supervised fieldwork with social agencies and religious organizations.

Pre-Theology Advising

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

Robert Brown
Pre-Theology Coordinator 
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