Katherine Low, chaplain, director

The Ministry minor is offered to students of all faiths and backgrounds. The minor helps students explore their lives in relation to others and can prepare students for more formal training in their respective institutions or seminaries. The minor also develops the student’s critical ability to identify the ways that faith helps to structure one’s sense of a meaningful and purposeful life.

Requirements for the Minor in Ministry

21–23 semester hours
REL 101 or REL 102
REL 130
AS/REL 212 or AS/REL 275
REL 231 or  REL 232
REL 222
Two of the following: ANTH 120, ANTH 244, PHIL 102, REL 202, REL 213, REL 221, or REL 237

Note: Other courses appropriate for the major and/or to the career plans of the student may be chosen and substituted for the above with the approval of the director. Directed inquiries and teaching assistantships are available on an individual basis.

Carpenter Preparation for Ministry Program

This unique program provides a bridge between the intellectual rigor of the classroom and the living of faith in the world. The program is not only for those students preparing for a religious vocation, but for those with any major or career plans who are interested in integrating faith and life. Both internships and volunteer opportunities are also available.

Carpenter Quest Program

Conducted by the chaplain as part of the Carpenter Preparation for Ministry Program, this unique program helps students integrate religious commitment, intellectual development, and service. The program includes two years of spiritual direction, academic courses, and enrichment activities that support individual efforts to make sense of life, learning, and faith. Students may apply to Quest after the first semester of their freshman year. When students fulfill all the requirements of Quest, they are inducted into The Carpenter Society in their junior or senior year.