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Liberal Arts
The pre-seminary student should take as much work in as many different departments as possible. The American Association of Theological Schools has urged this since 1933 as an essential factor in preparing ministers who are able to work with the variety of people and address the challenges in the church of today's world. The student should select courses in philosophy; English literature; ancient, medieval, renaissance and reformation, and modern European history, plus as much work in the history of Africa and Asia as possible; general economics; mathematics and natural sciences; general psychology; general sociology; modern foreign languages; ancient languages (Greek strongly recommended); government; and the appreciation and history of music, art, and drama.

Religion Major
Many Wofford students preparing for ministry major in religion. In the last few decades the curriculum of American theological seminaries has undergone rapid expansion. Entirely new areas--beyond the traditional Bible, church history, and theology courses--have come in to claim the attention of all who would prepare for the complexities of ministry in the contemporary church. At the same time, today's minister feels the need to be authoritative and well-grounded in his/her command of the Bible. Modern congregations expect their clergy to have biblical expertise and the ability to make the message of Scripture relevant to their individual and social needs. This calls for thorough training in the basic theological disciplines. The Lilly Endowment Study of Pre-Seminary Education has led seminaries to encourage college undergraduates planning for the ministry to do their major work in religion if they are fortunate enough to attend colleges with strong departments of religion. In so doing the student lays a solid foundation for the specialized work of the seminary.

Mentoring and Spiritual Direction
In addition to the academic study of religion, Wofford College offers a pre-ministerial mentoring program for students exploring a call to ministry. The program offers opportunities for the theological exploration of vocation, assessment of personality and temperament, spiritual formation and discernment practices, and experiences of leadership and service.