Youth Ministry Major
Major in Theology and Youth Ministry Goals:
Students majoring in Theology with emphasis in Youth Ministry will acquire basic knowledge of the distinctive disciplines and established findings of Biblical Studies, Christian Thought, Church History, and Philosophy, along with the ability to integrate thought across these disciplines.  Students will gain the ability to think critically about biblical, historical, and theological ideas, communicating them coherently and applying them responsibly.  In addition, students will be prepared for seminary study, and will be trained sufficiently in the theology and goals of Christian youth ministry to serve effectively in a staff position in a local church or parachurch agency.

Vocational Applications:
Graduates of the program will work as youth ministers in local churches or in parachurch organizations and will have a foundation for graduate training for the pastorate, Christian education, missionary service, campus ministry, parachurch ministry, or institutional chaplaincy.

In addition to meeting the regular degree requirements of the University (which include THE 140 and 240), the student must take at least 42 semester hours of study which include the following courses.  No single course may be used by a student to fulfill more than one category within the major, though some of these courses may simultaneously fulfill liberal arts core requirements.  An overall GPA of 2.5 within the courses for the major is required for graduation. 

Biblical Studies 6 s.h.
Choose two courses, one of which must be 317 or 318
THE 317 Jesus and the Gospels
THE 318 Letters of Paul
THE 319 Hebrews to Revelation
THE 351 Old Testament Elective
THE 361 New Testament Elective
THE 394 Issues in Biblical Studies

Church History 3 s.h.
THE 303History of Christianity

Philosophy 3 s.h.
PHI 207 Introduction to Philosophy

Interface with the Non-Christian World 3 s.h.
THE 313 Religions of the World
THE 320 World Missions
THE 413 Christianity and Culture

Theology/Philosophy Elective 3 s.h.
THE 309, 317, 318, 319, 351, 361, 391 Any upper division Biblical Studies course
THE 313 Religions of the World
THE 320 World Missions
THE 330 Sociology of Religion
THE 390 Special Topics
THE 411 Christianity in America
THE 413 Christianity and Culture
THE 414 Reformation
THE 491 Independent Study
PHI 324, 343, 350, 390, or 491 Any upper division Philosophy course

Theology Capstone Course 3 s.h.
THE 490 Senior Seminar

Youth Ministry 15 s.h.
THE 261 Introduction to Youth Ministry
THE 371 Youth Ministry Evangelism and Discipleship
THE 372 Youth Ministry Leadership and Communication
THE 381 Foundations of Professional Ministry
THE 396 Youth Ministry Internship (3-4 s.h.)

Adolescent Development 3 s.h.
PSY 412 Adolescent Psychology (recommended)
PSY/SOC 306 Social Psychology
SOC301 Family

Issues Related to Youth Ministry 3 s.h.
BUS 306 Management of Organizations
CRJ 305 Juvenile Justice
PSY/SOC 306 Social Psychology
SOC 302 Social Problems
SOC 301 Family
THE 320 World Missions
THE 340 Christian Spiritual Formation
THE 391 Special Topics in Ministry
THE 411 Christianity and Culture
THE 413 Christianity and Culture