Seminaries and graduate schools of theology generally stress a broadly based liberal arts education and a core background in the academic discipline of religion. 

The American Association of Theological Schools recommends the following areas of study as the best preparation for theological studies:

  • English language and literature
  • History, including non-Western culture
  • Philosophy
  • Natural sciences
  • Social sciences—especially psychology and sociology
  • The fine arts
  • Biblical and modern languages
  • Religion—both Western and Eastern

In addition, pre-ministerial students are strongly encouraged to acquire reading skills in Classical or New Testament (Koiné) Greek; and study a language likely to be spoken by those whom they may be called to serve (e.g., Spanish for those with an interest in urban ministries).

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