bachelor of arts in youth ministry


Bachelor of Arts in Youth Ministry

The youth ministry major is designed to prepare students for youth ministry-related vocations and future graduate studies. Emphasis is placed on development of a biblical philosophy of ministry and on Christian education as a foundation for teenagers, parents and youth workers within a context of understanding adolescent development and culture.

Course Catalog Descriptions


Youth Ministry Major Core (15 hours)
BIB 3391 – Biblical Interpretation
CED 2321 – Survey of Christian Education
PTH 2331 – Communicative Preaching
PTH 4300 – Christian Doctrines
YMN 3310 – Philosophical Foundations for Youth Ministry

Select one of the following (3 hours)
BIB 33XX/43XX – Advanced Bible
CCS 3360 – Foundations for Cross-Cultural Ministry
PTH 2311 – Introduction to Theological Reflection
PTH 4331 – History of Christianity

Specified Courses (9 hours)
CED 1100 – Introduction to the Ministry
CED 4380 – Principles of Teaching
CED 3200 – Supervised Ministry
YMN 2350 – Ministry to Youth

Select three (3) hours from the following:
FST 2311 – Marriage and Family
FST 3360 – Parent-Child Relationships
PSY 3342 – Adolescent Psychology

Select six (6) hours from the following:
CED 2380 – Legal Issues in the Church
CED 4331 – Introduction to Christian Care and Counseling
SOC 3332 – Juvenile Delinquency
YMN 4311 – Youth Ministry Institute
YMN 4320 – International Student Ministry
YMN 4350 – Understanding Today’s Youth Culture
YMN 1101-4609 – Special Studies in Youth Ministry


Biblical Principles and Tools for Personal and Spiritual Wellness (11 hours)
GEN 1101 – University Seminar
BIB 1303 – Introduction to the Old Testament
BIB 1304 – Introduction to the New Testament
KIN 1100 – Principles of Personal Fitness & Wellness
Two KIN 1-hour activity courses
GEN 4100 – Senior Seminar

Communication in a Variety of Modes and Media (9 hours)
COM 1310 – Fundamentals of Human Communication
ENG 1311 – English Composition I
ENG 1312 – Composition II Writing

Scientific and Mathematical Reasoning (7 hours)
College Algebra (MAT 1351 or higher)
Lab Science (4 hours)

Arts, Culture and Citizenship (15 hours)
Literature (2000 level English Literature)
History (3 hours)
GOV 2311 – American Government
Social Science (Psychology, Sociology, History, or Political Science)
Fine Arts Appreciation Course

Foreign Language (12 hours)
Greek or Greek/Hebrew recommended

Technology Component (3 hours)
CIS 1339 – Introduction to Information Technology

Optional Minor Area (18-24 hours)

Electives (16-40 hours)


Students must maintain a 2.00 overall GPA and a 2.50 GPA in their major.

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