The university seeks to serve students preparing for seminary admission through a range of courses considered basic to such graduate professional study. There is no single normative pattern for pre-seminary education because of widely varying emphases and settings for ministry. The Anderson University School of Theology follows current admission recommendations of the Association of Theological Schools when it suggests the following categories of learning as foundational for graduate seminary study:
- The ability to read, write, and speak clear and correct English is vital for interpreting and communicating the faith of the church. It is highly desirable that a reading knowledge of Hebrew and/or Greek be developed as a basic tool. Additional language skills might be essential, depending on vocational intent.
- General understanding of human selfhood, modern social institutions, culture and religion, science and technology. Students are expected to have some academic understanding of the fields of philosophy, sociology, psychology, and history, and in some instances, may major in one of these areas.
- Theological understanding of major religious traditions and the contemporary understanding of values and faith. A knowledge of the nature and content of biblical materials is of particular significance.
Details of admission requirements for Anderson University School of Theology should be considered in the planning of undergraduate junior and senior years.
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Pre-Health Professional Programs
Anderson University offers pre-health professional programs for students desiring careers in medicine, physical and occupational therapy, dentistry, physician assistant, pharmacy, chiropractic, optometry, podiatry, and veterinary medicine. Individualized programs are developed for students wishing to enter other health professions not listed above. Although most pre-health profession students major in biology, biochemistry, or chemistry, in most cases any major may be chosen as long as particular health profession program and course requirements are met. The length and specific coursework for each program is variable depending on the field and the individual professional school selected. Each pre-health professional program is designed to give the student a broad, Christian, liberal arts preparation for service in the health field of choice.
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Students planning to attend law school are not restricted to any one major. The top majors for students who apply to law school are political science, English, history, psychology, economics, and business. Students are encouraged to work with their major advisor and AU’s pre-law advisor to select courses from across the curriculum that prepare them for admission to law school and the practice of law.
Taking courses across the curriculum helps students develop the analytical, writing, research, and oral communication skills necessary to succeed in law school and beyond. Such courses also help students acquire the knowledge of history, politics, societies, cultures, economies, and philosophies that make success in law school more likely.
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The student interested in becoming a medical technologist completes three years at Anderson University and the final (clinical) year of training at one of two hospitals in Indiana: Parkview Hospital in Fort Wayne or Clarian Health (Methodist Hospital) in Indianapolis. Tuition for the clinical year is paid to Anderson University. After successful completion of this program, students earn a Bachelor of Arts in biology and are eligible to pursue clinical laboratory scientist certification through the Board of Registry or the National Certification Agency for Medical Laboratory Personnel.
Admission to a school of medical technology requires the satisfactory completion of three years (92 hours) of academic study that includes completion of all liberal arts requirements; 22 hours of biology, including microbiology and immunology; at least 12 hours of chemistry (8 hours general and 4 hours organic); one course (4 hours) in mathematics; and one course (4 hours) in physics. Students must meet the graduation requirements and biology major requirements stated elsewhere in this catalog. Upon successful completion of these requirements, students are eligible to apply to one of the clinical programs. Interested students should contact the Department of Biology for more details and advising.
Anderson University offers a program that prepares students for entry into physical therapy programs. Most students seeking to enter the profession obtain a bachelor’s degree, usually with a biology major. Because of the small number of schools offering graduate degrees in physical therapy and the large number of students who apply, admission to those programs is very competitive. Anderson University has developed an articulation agreement with Southwest Baptist University in Bolivar, Mo., to facilitate admission for AU graduates to a doctorate degree program in physical therapy. Interested students should contact the Department of Biology for more details and advising.