B.S. in Youth Ministries

The B.S. in Youth Ministries equips youth pastors with the knowledge, skills and character crucial to youth ministry positions in church and faith-based organizations. The program includes a strong biblical foundation, which contributes to a broad knowledge of the content, themes and application of selected books of the Bible as well as basic understanding of systematic theology.
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Youth Ministries Curriculum

Bible & Theology (Lower Level) – 18 hours

BIB 213 Hermeneutics 3 Hours
BSF 103 Foundations of Spiritual Formation 3 Hours
NTE 103 Introduction to the New Testament 3 Hours
NTE ___ New Testament Elective 3 Hours
OTE 103 Introduction to the Old Testament 3 Hours
OTE ___ Old Testament Elective 3 Hours

Humanities – 15 hours

ENG 113 Freshmen Composition I 3 Hours
ENG 123 Freshmen Composition II 3 Hours
HUM 103 Western Thought & Culture 3 Hours
COM ___ Communication Elective 3 Hours
___ ___ Literature Elective 3 Hours

Social Sciences – 12 hours

PSY ___ Psychology Elective 3 Hours
HIS ___ History Elective 3 Hours
___ ___ Social Science Elective 3 Hours
___ ___ Social Science Elective 3 Hours

Computers, Math, & Science – 9 hours

MAT ___ Math Elective 3 Hours
___ ___ Science Elective 3 Hours
___ ___ Computer, Math, or Science Elective 3 Hours

Bible & Theology (Upper Level) – 12 Hours

THE 303 Introduction to Theology 3 Hours
THE ___ Theology Elective 3 Hours
___ ___ *Bible & Theology Elective 3 Hours
___ ___ *Bible & Theology Elective 3 Hours

*Any of the following: BIB, BMI, NTE, OTE, or THE

Ministry & Leadership Core – 12 hours

MLD 113 Foundations for Christian Ministries 3 Hours
YTH 343 Leadership & Organization of Youth Ministry 3 Hours
FAM 453 Curriculum Development 3 Hours
MLD 463 Spiritual Formation 3 Hours

Youth Ministry Major – 30 hours

YTH 253 Foundations for Youth Ministry 3 Hours
YTH 263 Youth Ministry & The Family 3 Hours
YTH 333 OR PAM 233 Communicating to Youth OR Introduction to Preaching 3 Hours
MIN 253 The Emotionally Healthy Minister 3 Hours
YTH 353 OR YTH 453 Youth Ministry Skills OR Cross Cultural Youth Ministry 3 Hours
YTH 363 Contemporary Youth Culture 3 Hours
YTH 423 OR BEV 423 Youth Evangelism & Disciple OR Evangelism & Disciple Making 3 Hours
YTH 443 OR MIN 373 Counseling Adolescents OR Spiritual Care & Counseling 3 Hours
YTH 463 Seminar in Youth Ministry 3 Hours
YTH 473 Youth Ministry Internship 3 Hours

Open Electives – 18 Hours

Total Hours-126 Hours

Youth Ministries courses are built on a strong biblical and theological base while integrating insights from the social sciences and educational technology. Students will learn the skills of communicating to youth, counseling adolescents, organizing and strategizing for youth ministry, and youth evangelism. Courses will also teach the foundations of youth culture and issues, family dynamics, and disciple making.

The major includes a Christian education core of 12 credit hours that provide the student with the foundations of teaching, spiritual formation, and leadership, as well as the theoretical and philosophical basis for Christian education ministries.

While not a requirement, students are strongly encouraged to be involved in youth ministry at some level (volunteer, part time, or full time) so as to provide a context for course content and assignments
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