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Pastoral Studies involves the ministering of religious faith. As a Pastoral Studies major, you will be trained not only in the intricate details and workings of your church and denomination, you will also be prepared to be provide spiritual advice and counseling to those seeking it.

If you have a serious and committed interest in the ministry, or even if you are already a practicing minister, a major in Pastoral Studies can be an invaluable experience. It will help you expand and develop knowledge of your faith and make you a better servant of it.


  • Fundamentals in Moral Theology

  • Introduction to Pastoral Care

  • Lay Preaching

  • New Directions in Ministry

  • Pauline Literature

  • Sacramental Theology

  • Seminar in Social Justice

  • The Pastoral Use of Scripture

  • Women Theologians


The best preparation for a Pastoral Studies major is a strong faith. Being able to effectively communicate with others, both orally and written, is also essential, so make sure you have a strong background in the humanities, particularly English and speech.