The Bachelor of Arts degree in Pastoral Ministry (PMIN) is offered through a collaborative academic arrangement between the University of the Incarnate Word and the Mexican American Catholic College (MACC) in San Antonio, Texas. The degree program is housed in the UIW Pastoral Institute department, which serves the Catholic community through education and formation for contemporary ministry and religious education.
This biliterate degree will prepare both Hispanic and non-Hispanic students for ministry with Hispanic communities. Upon admission, applicants who are not bilingual will be assisted in gaining language proficiency through the MACC language program.
In keeping with its mission, the program is designed to provide students with a breadth of knowledge in the liberal arts and Catholic culture; offer a solid foundation in biblical and theological studies in preparation for ministry; ensure language proficiency for ministry in a bilingual (English and Spanish) pastoral setting, and for English-language graduate studies; equip students with the leadership skills and intercultural competencies needed for effective pastoral ministry in today's multicultural dioceses, parishes, and institutions; and offer an optional concentration in Philosophy which fulfills requirements of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) for seminarians at the college and pre-theology levels. Graduates of this program will be prepared to work in a variety of ministerial situations which will contribute to the development of the Catholic Church in Spanish-speaking communities.