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.