Luther faculty will prepare you for seminary and work in other religious traditions.
Expand your knowledge beyond the classroom with an internship at such places as the Nobel Peace Prize Forum (Minneapolis, Minn.), Mayo Clinic Transplant Center (Rochester, Minn.), Lutheran Coalition for Public Policy (St. Paul, Minn.), and Lutheran Outdoors in South Dakota (Sioux Falls).
If you’re interested in pre-ministry, we offer scholarships specifically for students studying religion at Luther.
What You’ll Learn
All courses taught in the religion department at Luther are beneficial if you intend to enter seminary. Pre-ministry studies at Luther will help you gain a level of competency in biblical literature, Christian traditions, and many other religious traditions (which is not always possible in denominational seminaries). Luther faculty teach courses in Judaism, Islam, East and South Asian religions, and interfaith studies. These courses prepare you to serve as a leader and facilitator in interreligious dialogue. They’re also useful in building bridges between many different religious traditions in a globalized, pluralistic world.
Careers and Outcomes
Many Luther pre-ministry graduates attend seminaries within the college’s denominational body, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). Others choose to study in other denominational seminaries and divinity schools. Luther pre-ministry graduates also often participate in service and volunteer programs across the world, including the ELCA Young Adults in Global Mission Program and Lutheran Volunteer Corps.
Our religion department will work closely with you to pursue your vocational interests in ordained parish ministry, youth ministry, chaplaincy, Christian education, or pastoral counseling.
- Luther Seminary
- Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago
- Wartburg Theological Seminary
- Trinity Lutheran Seminary
- United Lutheran Seminary at Philadelphia
Other Seminaries and Divinity Schools
- Harvard Divinity School
- University of Chicago Divinity School
- Vanderbilt Divinity School
- Princeton Theological Seminary
- Union Theological Seminary
Is a religion major required for seminary?
A religion major or minor is not a requirement for admission to most seminaries or divinity schools. However, many students who graduate from our religion program later tell us that their coursework at Luther gave them a much-needed foundation upon which to build in seminary or divinity school.
Luther pre-ministry graduates appreciate the opportunity to take courses in multiple religious traditions, particularly since courses in traditions beyond Christianity are not always offered in denominational seminaries.