2019-2020 Elmhurst Catalog 
    Dec 10, 2019  
2019-2020 Elmhurst Catalog

Pre-Professional Programs

In addition to the programs and courses described in the preceding section, Elmhurst College offers students the following academic opportunities.


The Department of Physics offers several options for students who wish to study engineering. All of these options are designed to provide both a broader educational experience and a stronger basic science background than are provided by the traditional engineering curriculum. Detailed descriptions of engineering options are provided in the listings of the physics department.


Students interested in attending law school should make sure they have declared pre-law as a pre-professional area with the Office of Advising. Freshman and sophomore students then meet with a pre-law advisor to begin planning to apply to law schools in the fall of their senior year.

Most law schools prefer a broad undergraduate liberal arts program and do not exhibit preferences toward applicants with a particular major. Therefore, there is no prescribed major or pre-law curriculum. Students planning postgraduate study of law should take courses that develop rigorous and disciplined thinking, writing and speaking ability. Pre-law students should take special notice of the Mock Trial courses, which allow participants to present a legal case in trial simulations with teams from other institutions.

Students hoping to attend law school in the year after graduation should plan to take the law school entrance exam, the LSAT, in the spring or summer before, or early fall of, their senior year. Applications to law school should be complete in the late fall of senior year.

Library Science

The educational requirements for professional library work include a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college and a master’s degree in library science from a graduate school accredited by the American Library Association.

Undergraduates should pursue a liberal arts program that stresses a broad cultural background. In addition, some library schools may require a modern foreign language for admission to their programs.

Information regarding types of library work, library schools and their requirements, and job opportunities is available from the director of the library.


Today, seminaries and divinity schools accept students from virtually every walk of life with a rich variety of undergraduate areas of study: physics, business, economics, nursing, education, psychology, pre-law, pre-medicine and, of course, religious studies. Whatever their academic background, students interested in seminary or divinity school must be able to think critically, speak effectively, write clearly and, as Socrates advised, to know themselves.

Students who are considering seminary, therefore, are advised to take courses in biblical studies, theology, ethics, ministry, world religious studies and another field of their interest. Also, the Niebuhr Center for Engagement and Reflection and the Office of the Chaplain are well equipped to facilitate co-curricular opportunities to help students discern their callings to ministry. Students are encouraged to explore their options for academic majors and seminary with the College chaplain, the staff of the Niebuhr Center for Engagement and Reflection, or the faculty of the Department of Religious Studies.