It’s been a while since we had a new entry in the Glossary of Confusing Words, but we’re finally back on the case with a great suggestion from Muhammad: seminary.
Under which category a seminary can be placed: college, university, institute, etc?
First of all, you may remember from our previous discussions of the words “college” and “university” that there is no official difference between these terms. Dartmouth College, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Princeton University all offer undergraduate and graduate degrees. However, you’ll often see “college” used to describe undergraduate programs, while “university” is used to describe schools that offer both undergraduate and graduate degrees, or only graduate degrees.
A seminary is an institution of higher education focused on theology (the study and practice of religion). Most seminaries are graduate-level schools offering master’s degrees, particularly the Master of Divinity. Seminaries also usually offer academic M.A. degrees in fields related to religion.