Child and Family Ministry Degree (B.S.)

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Child and Family Ministry Degree (B.S.)

Bachelor of Science

The Child and Family Ministry B.S. prepares graduates for career placement in ministry roles focused on elementary school children and their families. Students in this degree are trained in Biblical patterns of generational ministry, child faith development, home environments, and various approaches of work and ministry programming with children, individually, and within the larger context of family and church community.

During the final year of their degree, students participate in a full-immersive ministry internship that provides on-site field practice in ministry. Graduates of the Child and Family Ministry degree are prepared to pursue future graduate work and can expect to find employment in Children’s and/or Family Ministry programs in local churches or ministry organizations.

Child and Family Ministry Major (B.S.) Courses

Program Requirements

Christian Studies Core

I. Christian Studies - 24 Credits

General Education Core

II. General Education - 30 Credits

Major Core

III. Child and Family Ministry Major - 71 Credits

IV. Electives - 4 Credits *

At least 30% of this degree, or a minimum of 38 credits, must be at the upper (300-400) level.

Total - 125 Credits

1 Select humanities electives from COM, ENG, ESL, FAR, HIS, HUM, LAN, MUS, PHI, or PRC.

2 Select social science electives from ANT, CSJ, ECO, ESL, GEO, HIS, POL, PSY, or SOC.

3 Fine arts courses include music, art, drama, and dance. COM 328  and COM 446  also qualify as fine arts electives. (Only three credits of music organizations and/or lessons can be counted toward humanities/fine arts requirements.)

* Some courses from the Christian Studies Core and Major Core can be used to fulfill requirements in the General Education Core. By doing that the number of electives needed would increase so that the minimum of 125 credits is reached.

Students have the option to declare a second major in Christian Studies which is earned by completing the Christian Studies Core plus six credits of upper level Bible/Theology electives (which are part of the major core). 

Recommended BIB/THE electives:

Recommended Humanities elective:

Recommended World Civilizations course:

Recommended Social Science electives:

Four-Year Suggested Program for the Child and Family Ministry Major

Freshman Year

Fall Semester - 16 Credits

Spring Semester - 15 Credits

Sophomore Year

Fall Semester - 16 Credits

Spring Semester - 16 Credits

Departmental Acceptance

Students apply for departmental acceptance during their sophomore year spring semester or their junior year fall semester. A minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA, GPA of 2.5 for courses in major, and completion of half of the Christian Service requirements are required for departmental admission in the Child and Family Ministry major.

Junior Year

Fall Semester - 15 Credits

Spring Semester - 16 Credits

Senior Year

Spring Semester - 16 Credits

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