All Prospective Missionary Program (PMP) participants are eligible to live in BYU-Idaho approved housing.
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Is financial aid available for the program?
Scholarships and financial aid you recieve can be applied to this semester. If you have questions, please contact Ken Jackson in the Financial Aid Office at (208) 496-1600.
What is the Prospective Missionary Program?
The Prospective Missionary Program (PMP) is designed to assist in preparing students for missionary service while fulfilling academic requirements for graduation. Because of birthdates, track assignments, etc., many potential students in the past were unable to attend BYU-Idaho for 1 or 2 semesters prior to their missions. PMP was developed to facilitate this. The program consists of specific core courses that have been chosen because of their application to mission preparation. Core courses are taught in Learning Communities where the same students attend all core courses together. Learning Communities foster unity and learning by establishing the principle of teaching one another and focusing on community success.
Will I receive credit at BYU-Idaho for the classes in this program?
All of the Prospective Missionary Program core classes will count as credits earned toward graduation. All classes fulfill either a Foundations requirement or will count as elective credits and will assist the student in completing their degree.
How will I register for the assigned courses?
After admittance, you will recieve an email that will disclose information concerning which classes and sections you are to register for.
What is the application and admissions process for PMP?
Only students admitted to BYU-Idaho are eligible to apply for the PMP program. Registration is done online with a $200 deposit on a first-come first-served basis.
What are the qualifications for enrollment?
PMP is available to all admitted BYU-Idaho students on their off-track or before their official start date.
Can I register for other classes outside of the PMP Core Courses (Fall & Winter Programs)?
Yes, you are encouraged to enroll in as many Evening School and Online courses as you wish to fill up your semester in PMP. The core classes that make up the PMP program amount to 6-9 credits. Registration for 12 credits is required to be considered a full time student, 14 credits are required to maintain a scholarship, and 15 credits are recommended as a full load.
Which classes are included in the program?
The following are the "core" classes that are included in the PMP course work schedule:
- FDREL 130 Mission Preparation. Using "Preach My Gospel" as a text, begin to develop your missionary skills.
- FDREL 121P Book of Mormon. 1st Nephi through Alma 29 designed for pre-missionaries.
- FDENG 101 Writing & Reasoning (Fall Semester only - Winter PMP students should take this during their first Fall Semester) Learn basic writing and reasoning skills. Dazzle your mission president and parents with letters that are well written, spelled correctly, and even punctuated.
- COMM 175 Communication Essentials This new course focuses on public speaking and interpersonal communications. These two skills are paramount in mission service. Although this class does not fulfill Foundations requirements, it is well worth the 2 elective credits.
- GS 101 Principles of Personal Achievement. The capacity to determine one's success in college, on a mission, and in life, begins from within, from the way we see the world we live in and the attitudes we use to approach it. This course examines life from a principles and perspectives viewpoint, then encourages an application using the many resources available across campus.
- FDCA 201 Global Hotspot: Pakistan - No the Church does not send missionaries to Pakistan and we have no indication they will any time soon. But using Pakistan as a giant case study, students will analyze how factors such as history, geography, economics, religion, natural resources, and language shape nations. Students will learn just how closely the nations of the world are connected, and why understanding such matters is important from a gospel and prospective missionary perspective.
- FDCA 205 China. Just as with the Pakistan course, no the Church does not send missionaries to China and we have no indication they will any time soon. But using China as a giant case study, students will analyze how factors such as history, geography, economics, religion, natural resources, and language shape nations. Students will learn just how closely the nations of the world are connected, and why understanding such matters is important from a gospel and prospective missionary perspective.
- FDCA 101 Humanities. Understanding a culture's history of art, music, literature, and cinema help to understand its people. This course focusses on works from Renaissance to modern times and helps broaden a pre-missionary's perspective.
- FDSCI 101 Science Foundations. An introduction to the nature, practice, power, and limitations of science, as well as relationships between science and religion, and science and society. These topics are explored through the study of selected episodes of scientific discovery that demonstrate methodical and creative aspects of scientific inquiry, and the self-correcting nature of science.
Can I register for other classes outside of the PMP Core Courses (Spring & Summer programs)?
It is a not encouraged. These short-term, high impact classes should keep you busy. Options for classes prior to your official start date are very limited. There are no Evening School classes offered during Second Spring Block and very limited numbers of online classes. During Summer Session, there are many more classes available to you, both on campus and online. You may take as many as you want, but once again it is not highly encouraged. We would hate a student to get in over their heads and get into academic probation before their official start date.