Kenrick School of Theology: Pre-Theology Program

The Pre-Theology Program of Kenrick-Glennon Seminary is a two-year program for students who have received their college degree from another college or university but do not have the required number of credit hours in philosophy. The students in this program are considered part of the School of Theology. They take upper level philosophy courses in preparation for the study of theology. Those who meet all academic requirements receive the Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy.

The Pre-Theology Program is designed to help students who are entering the seminary for the first time. This program recognizes that some of these students may have been away from the academic environment for several years. The students are introduced to the four dimensions of formation: Human, Spiritual, Intellectual, and Pastoral. They meet with their formation adviser once per month to discuss their adjustment to the seminary environment and their progress in the four dimensions of formation.

This program strives “to provide seminarians with an understanding of the historical and cultural context of their faith” (Program of Priestly Formation #162, U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops). Upon completion of this program the seminarians enter the four-year School of Theology, continuing their preparation for the priesthood.