Degree Program

Curriculum Plan

A Bachelor of Arts degree in Christian Ministries is offered upon completion of the University baccalaureate and major requirements. The Christian Ministries major requires the completion of a core of 39 credits, 24 of which must be upper division.

Thirty-nine credits (24 of which must be upper division) are required and include:

As a Christian Ministries major, the following Bible courses must be taken:

* BBST 320 is to be taken as one of the two upper division Bible Elective options.

** BBST 465 is a course offered by various departments, but Christian Ministries majors are required to take the “Christian Ministries” Integration Seminar, specifically.

Additional Requirements

In addition to the 39-credit core, each student is encouraged to select a concentration of 8 credits to be taken within the Christian Ministries Department to fulfill his / her elective requirements. There are four concentrations from which a student may choose that reflect a broad variety of ministry options in this field: Child, Youth, Adult & Family, or Diversified. The Diversified concentration allows the student to design a program that best suits his / her vocational interests. Regardless, all students in Christian Ministries must complete a minimum of 24 upper division credits in CEED coursework in order to graduate.

Diversified

This option is for those who wish to design a concentration unique to their interests, such as ministry-related camping, counseling, communication, business, music, intercultural involvement, computer science, etc.

For those who desire to pursue graduate work, the undergraduate major has been designed to prepare the student for continued academic and professional development through enrollment in a theological seminary. The student graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Christian Ministries may be able to take advantage of accelerated Master of Arts or Master of Divinity programs offered at Talbot School of Theology. Several concentrations are offered with the M.A. degree. Specific information and qualifications for these degree programs may be secured through an academic advisor in the C.E. department or from the Talbot admissions office.

Adult & Family

Vocational opportunities with this concentration include director / pastor of adult and family ministries or associate pastor with responsibilities in these areas.

Youth

Vocational opportunities for youth concentration would include a local church youth director or minister, a club director for youth parachurch agencies, a youth camp director, a Christian education director in a church that emphasizes youth or an assistant or associate pastor with responsibilities for youth.

Children

Vocational opportunities with this option include children’s director or minister in a local church, a staff member with organizations that minister to children in the United States or on a mission field, or a writer of programming materials and curriculum for use with children and preschoolers.

Retreat

Each year during the Fall Semester, the Christian Ministries department sponsors an all student retreat for the purpose of facilitating department-wide community building, communication, spiritual formation, team building, and academic advising. There is a non-refundable $150 fee assessed at the beginning of each academic year for this event. All students are expected to attend this event. Any student seeking an exception should contact the Chair of the Department.