Educational Support

Campus Facilities

Western Seminary delivers coursework on the following approved campuses and teaching sites:

Library Services

Cline-Tunnell Library (Portland)

Each of Western’s three campuses, in Portland and Northern California, is served by a librarian, staff and resources. To find out more about the San Jose or Sacramento libraries, from the “Students” menu above, select “Library Services” and then your specific campus.

Portland’s Cline-Tunnell Library contains more than 44,000 physical items and maintains around 45 current journal subscriptions, while the library databases provide access to over 40,000 ebooks, over 10,000 dissertations, and thousands of journals. Databases of note include ATLA Religion Database with ATLASerials and APA PscychArticles.

The library is a member of the Online Private Academic Library Link (OPALL), a group of five private colleges in the Northwest, which grants students reciprocal borrowing privileges at each other’s libraries. Additional resources may be obtained via the library’s InterLibrary Loan services, which networks with international OCLC libraries to borrow materials from around the world.

The Seminary maintains active institutional membership in the American Theological Library Association.

Student Services and Organizations

Mentoring/Student Development

Students are assigned faculty mentors according to the programs they are pursuing. The mentor often assists the student in planning his or her academic program (including the practicum, where applicable) and provides a source for helpful counsel in other areas of life and ministry. These mentors are experienced practitioners in the field in which the student is training. Students and faculty are encouraged to maintain frequent contact with each other.

International Students

Western Seminary provides for the distinctive needs of our international students and their families through the International Student Office, located on the Portland campus. The International Student Coordinator assists with admission, immigration matters, housing, orientation, cultural adjustment, and reentry concerns. (Further information on international student services is available on our website.)

Student Ministry Team

All students are welcome to participate in student ministry. The Student Ministry Team develops creative ministries focused on the Seminary community in various areas of its life—academic, social, and spiritual; serves as a source of information for and input to the students; and represents the needs and interests of the student body to the Seminary’s faculty, staff, and administration.

Counseling Resources

Counseling services are available from a variety of sources. Students and their families often turn to their pastors for spiritual and/or emotional guidance and support. Additionally, on-campus counseling is available through A New Day Counseling Center.

Practicum/Mentored Ministry Supervision

Most programs at Western include a practical ministry experience component. This is taken when deemed prudent by the student, his/her faculty mentor, and a field mentor. The field mentor is an experienced practitioner in the field of the student’s intended ministry. Practicum sites are most often local churches, but can include parachurch organizations or college campuses. When needed, students are assisted in both site and field mentor selection.

Placement/Career Development

The Seminary offers the services of the Placement Office for students and alumni who seek assistance in locating a ministry position. The Placement Office maintains files and resumes of students and graduates as well as a current listing of churches, parachurch organizations, and mission agencies that are seeking to fill key ministry roles. The placement services may be accessed at westernseminary.edu.

Alumni Services

The Seminary offers a number of services to its nearly 5,000 alumni. In addition to a placement program that helps graduates find a place of ministry, Western’s support also includes opportunities for continuing education, periodic publications written especially for alumni, and occasional gatherings with Seminary personnel. Information is available from the Alumni Office on the Portland campus. Visit the alumni page for news and events.

 

2017-2018 Academic Catalog