Youth and Social Ministry Bachelor’s Degree
Bachelor of Science (B.S.)
The Youth and Social Ministry bachelor’s degree prepares students for careers in non-traditional ministry roles. Graduates may work on college and high school campuses, in teen agencies, at-risk restorative centers, with group homes, rescue missions and inner-city outreaches. The program equips students to work holistically with adolescent youth and other populations that are poor, hurting and hungry. During the final year of the program, students participate in a full-immersive ministry internship that provides on-site field practice in ministry.
Graduates of the Youth/Social Ministry program are prepared to pursue additional graduate work or pursue employment opportunities in restorative youth programs at local churches or in ministry organizations and community development programs. For those entering graduate school, courses of study typically include a master’s in social work, psychology, and/or drug & alcohol counseling in order to work in secular or para-church organizations.
Youth/Social Ministry Major (B.S.) Courses
At least 30% of this degree, or a minimum of 38 credits, must be at the upper (300-400) level.
* 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.
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.
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).
Qualified students may apply for an accelerated degree program to earn their M.A. in Christian Studies (MACS) or M.A. in Ministry Leadership (MAML) degree in one additional year instead of the typical two years. Students may also apply for an accelerated M.Div. program. Click here for more detailed information regarding the acceptance process for these options.
Students who are accepted into the accelerated MACS program will substitute the following graduate level courses into the undergraduate degree.
Click for more information about the Christian Studies (M.A.) program.
Students who are accepted into the accelerated MAML program will substitute the following graduate level courses into the undergraduate degree.
Click for more information about the Ministry Leadership (M.A.) program.
Students who are accepted into the accelerated M.Div. program will substitute the following graduate level courses into the undergraduate degree.
Click for more information about the Master of Divinity (M.Div.) program.
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/Social Ministry major.
To view these courses in our online catalog system, click here.
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