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We have a special interest in preparing students for service in the church, including the ordained ministry, parish work, diaconal ministry, social ministry and ministry in music.
Preparation for graduate theological study, ministry and church occupations includes academic instruction, spiritual maturation and experiential learning.
While you may major in any field, you're encouraged to emphasize the broadening aspects of the liberal arts, to acquire reading skills in Classical or New Testament (Koiné) Greek and to study a language likely to be spoken by those whom they may be called to serve.
Our historic relationship with the Lutheran Church (ELCA) attracts many students to its service, but graduates have also entered service in many other denominations.
As a church-related university noted for academic excellence and service-learning, we're well positioned to prepare and equip students through academic preparation, spiritual formation and experimental learning.
- A broad-based liberal arts education aims to expand your mind, enlarge your horizons and help you develop critical thinking skills
- The Central Curriculum encourages you to cross boundaries between disciplines and integrate the various fields of learning
- Majors and minors in religion, philosophy and other disciplines are especially appropriate for those preparing for lay or ordained ministry
- Susquehanna's ethos that encourages intellectual growth, promotes personal development, and values creativity and imagination
- A highly qualified, committed and caring faculty provides strong advising and individual mentoring
- An extensive and energetic religious life program
- Multiple worship opportunities on campus, and in numerous congregations in the community
- Organized and informal opportunities to cultivate a life of faithful prayer, reflection, service and action
- Vocational counseling and mentoring with the chaplain
- Life in close community with others-some holding beliefs and values consistent with your own, others subscribing to divergent beliefs and values
- Abundant leadership opportunities in a variety of religious life organizations, programs and events
- Internships, externships and practica through the Department of Religion and Philosophy
- The Student Deacon Program in the Chaplain's Office
- Winter, spring and summer break service learning trips
- Outreach ministries
You'll benefit from close cooperation between the chaplain and members of the Department of Philosophy and Religion. These faculty members are available to assist you with course selection, internship/externship/practica possibilities, exploring the nature of the call to ministry and discovering opportunities for professional service in the church.
A vocational discernment library as well as the catalogs of a number of seminaries are available in the Office of the Chaplain. Each year, the Office of the Chaplain hosts a Church Vocations Day for seminary admissions officers and interested students.
Recent graduates have attended
- Seminaries of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
- The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg
- The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia
- The Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary
- The Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago
- Trinity Lutheran Seminary
- Wartburg Lutheran Seminary
- Luther Seminary
- Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary
- Seminaries of other denominations and traditions
- Princeton Theological Seminary
- >Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York
- >Wheaton Graduate School of Theology
- Eden Theological Seminary
- Methodist Theological School in Ohio
- North Park Theological Seminary
Find fellowship with other members of the religious life community by joining one of these campus organizations.
There are many opportunities for religious expression and community at Susquehanna.