Youth and Family Ministry Degree (B.S.)

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Youth and Family Ministry Degree (B.S)

Bachelor of Science

The Youth and Family Ministry B.S. prepares graduates for career placement in ministry roles focused on adolescents and their families, with an emphasis on church-based settings. Students in this degree are trained in Biblical patterns of generational ministry, adolescent faith development, at-risk youth mentoring, and various approaches of work and ministry programming with teens, 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 Youth and Family Ministry degree are prepared to pursue future graduate work and can expect to find employment in Youth and/or Family Ministry programs in local churches or ministry organizations.

Youth and Family Ministries 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. Youth and Family Major - 65 Credits


IV. Electives (consult with academic advisor) - 11 Credits *


At least 30% of this degree, or a minimum of 38 credits, must be at the upper (300-400) level. A semester of study abroad is available with the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU).

 

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 Social Science electives:


Four-Year Suggested Program for the Youth and Family Ministries 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 Youth and Family major.

Junior Year


Fall Semester - 15 Credits


Spring Semester - 16 Credits


Senior Year


Spring Semester - 16 Credits


Footnote:


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.



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