Pre-Professional Programs

Eureka College offers an array of pre-professional programs designed to prepare you for postgraduate education. Take a deep dive into the subject of your choosing Get a head start on your education with curriculum tailored toward your future goals.

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Art therapy is a growing profession employing individuals interested in using art to help others. Professionals in the field work in schools, clinics, and hospital settings, or as independent therapists. Eureka College offers a pre-professional program combining studies in the visual arts and psychology with internship experiences in art therapy. It is expected that most students will continue their studies in this field at the Master’s degree level; however, beginning opportunities for employment may be available upon completion of the Bachelor’s degree level.
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The music therapy profession employs individuals who are interested in using music to help others. The Pre-Music Therapy program is a pre-professional program which will facilitate entrance into Master’s degree programs in Music Therapy.
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Eureka College is affiliated with OSF St. Francis College of Nursing (a 2+2 affiliation) and Rush University Medical Center (a 4+2 affiliation). These agreements mean that full-time students, after completion of selected courses at Eureka College, may be admitted at one of the affiliated Colleges of Nursing. Additional program years of study are required to obtain a degree.
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The student entering one of these pre-professional areas will usually major in biology or chemistry. However, a student from any major may be accepted as long as he/she has the specific prerequisite courses for the professional school and successful performance on the professional admissions test in his/her area. Most medical, dental, and veterinary schools require two years of chemistry, one year of biology, one year of physics, and psychology including at least PSY101; some require mathematics through Calculus II.
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Students interested in an actuarial career will normally major in Mathematics or Computer Science, with additional courses in Business Administration.
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Although certain courses are recommended for students preparing to go on to law school after graduation from Eureka, there is no one prescribed major. To assure that Pre-Law students are guided in their programs, advisors work closely with them in discussing potential majors and selection of other courses, and assist them in knowing how to prepare for the LSAT. Students who wish to major in History and Political Science may choose the Political Science track with Pre-Law emphasis, which will appear on the student’s transcript.
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Professional ministry can take the form of hospital chaplaincy, social work, education, music and the arts – as well as traditional parish ministry. There is no single required course of studies for the pursuit of professional ministry. However, the College offers a Pre-seminary Studies Track through the Philosophy and Religion major that is designed to help students discern their vocational direction in the ministry, as well as to provide students with an academic foundation for success in graduate seminary education.
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