Pre-Professional Programs

Pre-Seminary Studies

Pre-Seminary StudiesAnderson University seeks to serve students preparing for seminary education through a range of courses considered basic to graduate study in theology.

There is not a typical pattern for all pre-seminary education. Students are called to a variety of service, which requires flexibility in their preparation. Rather than a pattern of study, we focus on the themes that will underpin an education building toward seminary study.

  • Communication skills essential for interpreting and communicating the faith of the church. The ability to read, write, and speak standard written English is vital. Students are encouraged to have a reading knowledge of at least one language other than English. It is highly desirable that a reading knowledge of Greek and Hebrew be developed as a basic tool for meaningful graduate theological education. Additional language skills might be essential, depending on vocational intent and the setting of potential ministry.
  • General understandings of human selfhood and existence, modern social institutions and problems, culture and religion, science and technology, and the modes of understanding. A considerable degree of competence should be developed in one or more of these categories of learning. Such competence often is represented by a major in a field such as philosophy, sociology, psychology, or history of civilization. Students are expected to have had some academic experience in these fields.
  • Theological understandings of major religious traditions and the contemporary questions of values and faith in the context of the above general understandings and communication skills. Of particular significance, as a foundation for graduate training for Christian ministry, is a knowledge of the nature and content of the biblical materials.

In their preparation, students complete internships in ministry roles within congregations and para-church organizations to help them identify their strengths and discern their calling. 

To learn more, contact Professor Fred Burnett at or (765) 641-4504.