BA in Youth and Family Ministries

APU’s youth and family ministries major helps students develop a personal philosophy of ministry based on their strengths and calling to apply in future church leadership roles.

45 units

The youth and family ministries major trains, equips, and educates students to effectively reach and minister to adolescents in an increasingly diverse global context. This major is built upon the premise that effective youth work requires the youth worker to be a student of God’s Word, culture, and adolescence. Upon completion of this Bachelor of Arts in Youth and Family Ministries, students are equipped to step into youth and family ministry contexts and/or graduate programs.


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

Specific General Education Requirements for Youth and Family 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/4XX: Upper-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 4
Senior Seminar: Theology and Social Issues 4
Youth and Family 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
MINY 203Introduction to Contemporary Youth and Family Ministries3
MINY 226Studying and Teaching the Bible3
MINY 400Christian Values and Human Sexuality3
MINY 403Adolescent Issues and Intervention3
Youth and Family Ministries Electives
Select two of the following:6
Mentoring and Small Groups
Topics in Ministry
Evangelism and Discipleship
Theology and Practice of Ministry
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
Spiritual Transformation
Exegeting the City
Total Units45

This is in addition to the General Education upper-division Bible requirement; students must choose 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.