BA in Christian Ministries

APU’s Christian ministries major equips students for practical, relational ministry.

45 units

The Christian ministries major provides the student with a broad perspective in the field of religion, and academic preparation involving 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 practical theology, pastoral work, Christian education, missions, and urban ministry.

Career Opportunities

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 or nonprofit organizations as leaders and staff members, in the United States and other countries.


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

Specific General Education Requirements for Christian Ministries Majors
Christian Life, Faith, and Ministry
Introduction to Philosophy
Theology and the Christian Life
Introduction to Biblical Literature: Exodus/Deuteronomy
Undergraduate Division Core
UBBL 3XX/4XXUpper-Division Bible Course 13
Select one of the following:3
Practical Ethics 2
Reasons for Faith: Exploring the Rationality of the Existence of God and Christianity
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 3
Select one of the following:3
Senior Seminar: Church and Society 4
Senior Seminar: Theology and Social Issues 4
Senior Seminar: Biblical Theology and Ethics 4
Christian Ministries Major Core
WRIT 200Writing 2: Writing for Christian Practice 53
or MIN 206 Introduction to Practical Theology
MIN 300Writing 3: Culture and Ministry 63
MIN 301Adolescent Development in Family Ministry3
MIN 401Christian Ministry Internship I 73
MIN 417The Art of Leadership 73
MINC 200Introduction to Contemporary Christian Ministries3
MINC 318Theology and Practice of Ministry3
MINC 467Spiritual Transformation3
MINY 226Studying and Teaching the Bible3
Christian Ministries Electives
Select two of the following:6
Mentoring and Small Groups
Topics in Ministry
Evangelism and Discipleship
Intercultural Ministries 8
Introduction to Pastoral Care and Counseling
Christian Mission in the 21st Century
Principles of Preaching
Suffering: Theological and Practical Perspectives on Disabilities
Race, Reconciliation, and Ministry 8
Ministry Organization and Administration
Exegeting the City
Christian Values and Human Sexuality
Adolescent Issues and Intervention
Total Units45

This is in addition to the General Education Upper-Division Bible requirement; students must choose from one of the other upper-division courses offered by the department.


Meets the General Education Civic Knowledge and Engagement requirement.


Meets the General Education Theology requirement.


Meets the General Education Integrative and Applied Learning requirement.


WRIT 200 meets the General Education Writing 2 requirement.


Meets the General Education Writing 3 requirement. 


MIN 401 and MIN 417 require concurrent enrollment.


Meets the General Education Intercultural Competence requirement.

Program Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete this program shall be able to:
  1. Demonstrate proficiency in communication.
  2. Apply practical theology methodologies in ministry contexts.
  3. Develop a healthy awareness of one's self, gifts, and/or callings.
  4. Exhibit increased capacities to cultivate inclusive communities.
  5. Demonstrate competence related to skills required for Christian leadership.
  6. Articulate how their maturing theology informs their Christian practice.