PRE-SEMINARY

60 credit hours

WHY STUDY IN THE PRE-SEMINARY MAJOR AT TRINITY?

The Pre-Seminary major is designed to enable you to do further graduate studies at a seminary of your choice. Additionally, if you choose to pursue graduate studies at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, one of the top-ranked divinity schools in the nation, you can qualify for advanced standing in the MDiv program!

HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE ME TO EARN MY DEGREE?

The Pre-Seminary major usually takes 4 years to complete. You will be required to complete 60 credit hours in the areas of biblical studies, Old Testament, New Testament, elementary Greek, ministry, nonprofit financial management and more!

DID YOU KNOW?

You can earn a BA and an MDiv at Trinity in only 5 years by enrolling in the Advance BA in Pre-Seminary Studies/MDiv at TEDS.

WHAT WILL I STUDY?

This major lays a foundation for an effective ministry of biblical understanding in the context of a local church ministry. It is designed to enable you to do further graduate studies at a seminary of your choice. To prepare you for this and to give you a well-rounded education,  you’ll take courses in biblical studies, elementary Greek, preaching, ministry, leadership, financial management, business communication and more.

COURSEWORK:

Requirements total 60 hours. This includes 35 hours from the Biblical Studies required courses/cognate areas, 19-22 hours from Christian Ministries and 3-6 hours of additional general education courses.

CAREER OUTCOMES

Missionary Theology Professor
Pastor

Pre-Seminary Required Courses (54 hours)

PRE-SEMINARY REQUIRED COURSES
(54 HOURS)
Course Title Credits
BI 275 Teaching the Bible 3 hours
BI 452 Biblical Studies Seminar 3 hours
-or-
BI 453 Seminar in Discipleship and Justice 3 hours
BRS 231 Christian Doctrine 3 hours
BRS 330 Christian Evidences 3 hours
BRS 338 Theological and Sociological Foundations of Evangelism 3 hours
BRS 340X History of Christianity 3 hours
BRS 363X Survey of Religious Diversity 3 hours
GR 121-122 Elementary Greek 8 hours
CM 180 Christian Character Development 1 hour
CM 201 Survey of Christian Education 3 hours
CM 222-223 Integrated Field Experience 4 hours
CM 335 Strategies for Discipling Ministries 3 hours
CM 342 Relational Skills for Ministry 3 hours
CM 381 Introduction to Preaching 3 hours
CM 420 Ministry Leadership 2 hours
IDS 303 Cross Cultural Contexts 3 hours
PH 182 Ethics 3 hours

ELECTIVES (6 HOURS)
Old Testament – Choose one of the following (3 hours)
Course Title Credits
BI 302 Pentateuch 3 hours
BI 304 Old Testament Prophetic Books 3 hours
BI 306 Old Testament Poetic Books 3 hours
BI 308 Old Testament Historical Books 3 hours
BI 334 Old Testament Theology 3 hours
BI 350 Topics in the Bible (Old Testament) 3 hours
BI 362 Messiah in the Old Testament 3 hours

New Testament – Choose one of the following (3 hours)

BI 321 The End Times 3 hours
BI 335 Theology of the General Epistles 3 hours
BI 362 Theology of the Pauline Epistles 3 hours

Recommended Courses (Not Required)

RECOMMENDED COURSES
(NOT REQUIRED)
Course Title Credits
CM 315 Principles of Family Ministry 3 hours
CM 320 Principles of Ministry Programming 3 hours
CM 373X Nonprofit Financial Management 3 hours
COM 210X Business Communication 3 hours
PSY 220 Interpersonal Skills Training 3 hours
PSY 350X Social Psychology 3 hours
PSY 355 Group Dynamics 3 hours
PSY 337 Psychology of Adolescence* 3 hours

* PSY 140 is a prerequisite of PSY 337


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