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Pre-Professional Advising


Ripon College provides pre-professional advising in ministry.

The best preparation for special study at a divinity school or seminary is a well-balanced liberal arts and sciences education with emphasis on English, philosophy, religion and social sciences. Public speaking is also important. Consult Professor Brian Smith.

Look here for more information on a major or minor in religion.

Program Spotlight


Brian Smith

Brian Smith

Professor of Religion, Charles and Joan Van Zoeren Chair in Religion, Ethics and Values, Chair of Religion Department

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Ripon College faculty and professional staff are dedicated to helping you reach your goals, whatever they may be and however often they may change along the way. It’s part of our value statement to you.

As a student at Ripon, you will be assigned a faculty adviser based on your area(s) of interest. You will meet with your faculty adviser throughout your time as a student to discuss your current aspirations, plan your course schedule and plot a future trajectory. Staff in the Office of Constituent Engagement and Career Services help to match your interests to concrete goals and construct a plan for success, offering support through three stages of career development – planning, exploration and search. Student Support Services provides tutoring and additional academic and skill development, as well as tools to help with note-taking, exam preparation, goal-setting and time management. Mentors in the Collaborative Learning Center provide in-depth, one-on-one or group mentoring for students about class projects and college-level writing, and can share problem-solving strategies to overcome academic obstacles.

Advising at Ripon.

Off-Campus Study


Students wishing a first-hand experience in religion or in ethics can take a supervised field work course. This could involve either part-time employment or participant observation in local church services or organizations (for those interested in some form of religious ministry as a career), or in local professional organizations and meetings, e.g., law, business, medicine, journalism, politics or government (for those interested in contemporary ethical challenges in these professions).

Whether you choose a program that is international or domestic, it is an experience bound to change your view of the world. Click to learn more about Off-Campus Study and Liberal Arts In Focus at Ripon College.

Financial aid continues for students who choose to participate in an approved study-abroad program, minimizing additional expenses.

Unique Opportunities

International Study

Religion majors may take advantage of the many off-campus programs available at Ripon College. Students have studied in Europe, Costa Rica and China.

Domestic Study

Students have the opportunity to take part in the cultural experience available in major U.S. cities such as Washington, D.C., and Chicago.

Double majors and minors

Because religion is closely related to other courses in the humanities and the social sciences, students often combine religion with another academic discipline to form a double major or double minor. These other areas have included philosophy, English, anthropology, politics and government, psychology, music and chemistry.