BA, Student Ministry

The Student Ministry major is designed to provide college-level preparation for service in local churches and other Christian ministries that focus on teaching and training young adults. The degree will provide increased understanding and skill in the interpretation of Scripture and theological reflection while creating a foundation for ministries that center on young adults. This includes instruction on practical ministries, as well as spiritual, physical and character development in young adults. The BA in Student Ministry equips graduates to serve churches, evangelism ministries, denominational service, international missions, and subsequent graduate study.

BA Degree Objectives

The objectives for students graduating with the Bachelor of Arts degree are as follows:

  1. Demonstrate an increased understanding of the Christian worldview in relation to the natural and social world
  2. Demonstrate an increased understanding of the theological foundations of Christian ministry
  3. Demonstrate increased competence in practical skills of Christian ministry such as information management, strategic decision-making, and communication
  4. Demonstrate an enhanced foundation for subsequent formal and informal education.

Student Ministry Major Objectives

Students graduating with the Student Ministry major will be able to do the following:

  1. Interpret Scripture using appropriate hermeneutical and historically informed principles
  2. Demonstrate skill in communicating biblical truth
  3. Demonstrate basic leadership skills in Christian ministry
  4. Understand core issues and challenges in effective student ministries.


BN170Introduction to Business and Finance
CM110Basic Communication
GE101English Composition I
GE102English Composition II
GE135Quantitative Reasoning
GE185Introduction to Physical Science
GE205World Geography
GE240Survey of World Literature
GS181Integrative Seminar I, Leadership
GS382Integrative Seminar II, Assessment
GS483Integrative Seminar III, Capstone
HM300Introduction to Philosophy
HM344Christianity and the Arts
HT113Church History II
HT210American History
HT411World Religions
MS201Global Missions
PY100 Introduction to Psychology

BS115 Old Testament Survey I
BS116 Old Testament Survey II
BS117 New Testament Survey I
BS118 New Testament Survey II
BS204 Introduction to Hermeneutics
HT200 Introduction to Ethics
HT350 Christian Doctrine I
HT351 Christian Doctrine II
HT450 The Church
MN201 Personal Evangelism and Discipleship

BN465Entrepreneurial Leadership
CE208Para-Church Youth Ministry
CE360Church Administration
CE408Introduction to Student Ministry
CE409 Introduction to Adult and Family Ministry
MN255Interpersonal Counseling and Conflict Management
MN310Sermon Preparation or CE401 Principles of Christian Leadership
MN350Pastoral Care and Counseling
PY203Developmental Psychology
HM304Philosophy of Religion