The pre-ministerial minor is intended for a broad array of students preparing for professional ministry, whether Catholic, Protestant, Eastern Orthodox, or Jewish. The Bay Area is an ideal place for such a minor, since all of these traditions have seminaries here that students might attend after getting their undergraduate degree.
Dominican’s pre-ministerial minor is unique. In addition to requiring a basic knowledge of the Judeo-Christian tradition, the minor also requires six units in the cross-cultural study of religion.
In an increasingly globalized world, interreligious dialogue will become even more important, and people in ministry should be equipped to participate.
Furthermore, our minor offers preparatory classes students might not have as options in seminary, such as business, counseling, art history or music, and women and gender studies. The minor also requires students to do an internship in a religious organization. For this internship students might choose to work in a church or synagogue, a church/synagogue sponsored social action group, or a monastery or institute for spirituality. Having a real hands-on experience can help students discern whether they truly have a call for ministry and if so, how they want to answer that call.
Many students will combine a pre-ministerial minor with a major in Religion, but they may also combine it with many of the diverse majors Dominican offers.
Dr. Scott Sinclair
Chair of the Department of Religion and Philosophy