Hendrix students pursuing ordination or professional ministry as their vocation receive support through co-curricular programs sponsored by the Office of the Chaplain and the Miller Center for Vocation, Ethics, and Calling. Students seeking ordination in the United Methodist Church may become certified candidates for ministry through official mentoring by the Chaplain and Assistant Chaplain of the college. Regardless of denomination, students discerning a vocation in ministry may also meet with the Chaplains in a weekly ministry exploration group. Students can elect to explore seminary and participate in the Miller Center Seminary Semester program by taking graduate level courses at an approved seminary and transferring credits toward the Hendrix undergraduate degree. Additionally, the Miller Center offers stipends for students to visit seminaries.
Although an academic major or minor in Religion is not necessary for admission to seminary or divinity school, the Religion Department offers a broad curriculum in the study of Religion. Over the years the Department of Religion has prepared many students for successful completion of their professional ministerial degrees; Hendrix College Religion majors have been awarded their Master of Divinity degrees from institutions such as Vanderbilt University, Duke University, Southern Methodist University, the University of Chicago, and Harvard University. For further information, contact Dr. John Sanders, advisor for Pre-Ministry students.