Christian Ministries Major

63 units

Introduction and Career Opportunities

The Christian ministries major provides the student with a broad perspective in the field of religion, and academic preparation involving both theory and professional training. Graduates are prepared for more specialized graduate study and given the conceptual and technical resources for effective service in Christian ministry. Courses are available in Christian education, missions, pastoral work, urban ministry, and practical theology.

Graduates with a Christian ministries major assume positions in local churches as pastors, directors of Christian education, and youth pastors; in Christian schools as teachers and administrators; and in parachurch organizations as leaders and staff members in the United States and other countries.

Requirements

Successful completion of the major requires a 2.5 cumulative GPA in all courses required for the major.

Undergraduate Division Core
UBBL 3XX–4XXUpper-Division Bible Class 13
Select one of the following:3
Practical Ethics 2
History of Ancient Philosophy
Medieval Philosophy
History of Early Modern Philosophy
History of 19th and 20th Century Philosophy
Select one of the following:3
Church History: Apostolic Era to the Eve of the Reformation 3
Church History from the Eve of the Reformation to the Present (Select one of the following:) 3
Select one of the following specific to concentration:3
Senior Seminar: Church and Society 4
Senior Seminar: Ethics in Physical Education and Sport
Senior Seminar: Theology and Social Issues 4
Senior Seminar: Biblical Theology and Ethics 6
Christian Ministries Major Core
WRIT 200Writing 2: Writing for Christian Practice 53
MIN 200Contemporary Christian Ministry3
MIN 253Evangelism and Discipleship3
MIN 300Writing 3: Culture and Ministry 63
MIN 336Family Development and Ministry3
MIN 350Mentoring and Small Groups3
MIN 401Christian Ministry Internship I 73
MIN 402Christian Ministry Internship II3
MIN 417The Art of Leadership 73
MINC 318Theology and Practice of Ministry3
MINC 370Introduction to Pastoral Care and Counseling3
MINC 456Ministry Organization and Administration3
Select one of the following:3
Principles of Preaching
Studying and Teaching the Bible
Concentrations
Students must choose a concentration12
Total Units63
1

This cannot be a course that counts for the General Education 3XX/4XX upper division Bible requirement. Student must choose from one of the other upper division courses offered by the department.

2

Meets the General Education Civic Knowledge and Engagement requirement.

3

Meets the General Education Theology requirement.

4

Meets the General Education Integrative and Applied Learning requirement.

5

Meets the General Education Writing 2 requirement.

6

Meets the General Education Writing 3 requirement. 

7

MIN 401 and MIN 417 require concurrent enrollment.

Concentrations

Beyond core requirements for the Christian ministries major, students must choose a concentration. Based on a student’s primary interests, the choice of concentration enables the student to prepare for postbaccalaureate work in related ministry fields, and affords the student the opportunity to work in ministry settings that accentuate his/her strengths, abilities, and passions. One concentration must be chosen from those listed. Concentration courses cannot double-count with major core courses.

Church and Pastoral Ministries Concentration for Christian Ministries Major

MINC 326Effective Teaching in Christian Education3
MINC 467Spiritual Transformation3
MINY 301Adolescent Development and Family Ministry3
Select one of the following:3
Anthropology for Everyday Life 1
Intercultural Communication 1
Principles and Practice of Community Engagement 2
Topics in Ministry
Ministry to the City
Suffering: Theological and Practical Perspectives on Disabilities
Children's Educational Ministries
Christian Values and Human Sexuality
Adolescent Issues and Intervention
Total Units12
1

Meets the General Education Intercultural Competence requirement. 

2

Meets the General Education Civic Knowledge and Engagement requirement.

Intercultural Christian Ministries Concentration for Christian Ministries Major

GLBL 201Anthropology for Everyday Life 13
MINC 330Intercultural Ministries 13
MINC 405Christian Mission in the 21st Century3
Select one of the following:3
Intercultural Communication 1
Principles and Practice of Community Engagement 2
Topics in Ministry
Effective Teaching in Christian Education
Ministry to the City
Suffering: Theological and Practical Perspectives on Disabilities
Children's Educational Ministries
Exegeting the City
Adolescent Development and Family Ministry
Christian Values and Human Sexuality
Adolescent Issues and Intervention
Total Units12
1

Meets the General Education Intercultural Competence requirement.

2

Meets the General Education Civic Knowledge and Engagement requirement.

Ministry in Urban and Social Service Contexts Concentration

MINC/SOCW 420Suffering: Theological and Practical Perspectives on Disabilities3
MINC 487Exegeting the City3
SOCW 250Introduction to Social Work 13
Select one of the following:3
Intercultural Communication 2
Topics in Ministry
Ministry to the City
Adolescent Development and Family Ministry
Christian Values and Human Sexuality
Adolescent Issues and Intervention
Social Welfare Policy and Service
Child Welfare
Grant and Proposal Writing
Family Violence
Total Units12
1

Meets the General Education Civic Knowledge and Engagement requirement.

2

Meets General Education Intercultural Competence requirement.

Sports Ministry Concentration

Students in Sports Ministry Concentration will take PE 496 for Senior Seminar.

AT 160Acute Care of Injury and Illness2
MIN 495Topics in Ministry3
MINY 305Integration of Faith and Sports3
MINY 320Organization and Administration of a Sports Ministry3
MINY 478Senior Preparation in Sports Ministry1
Total Units12

Youth Outreach and Discipleship Concentration

MINY 172Foundations of Youth Outreach and Discipleship I1
MINY 174Foundations of Youth Outreach and Discipleship II2
Any Christian or Youth Ministry Elective 13
Any Christian or Youth Ministry Elective 13
Any Christian or Youth Ministry Elective 13
Total Units12
1

 Not in major core.