The curriculum for the Christian Studies Department at NGU begins with foundational courses on the Old and New Testaments and spiritual disciplines. These studies are followed by a course on researching and writing about biblical and theological issues. Then you’ll take a class on the principles of biblical interpretation.
As you continue through the program, you’ll have the opportunity to take a variety of courses divided into three general categories: biblical, historical/theological/ethical, and practical. Biblical courses include such classes as The Life and Teachings of Christ, The Life and Teachings of Paul, Old Testament Prophets, and courses on almost all books of the Bible. Historical/Theological/Ethical courses include such courses as Church History, Ethics, Systematic Theology, and Apologetics. Practical courses cover evangelism, missions, youth ministry, discipleship, and preaching.
A major strength of the Christian studies program is that very few specific courses are required, allowing you to design your curriculum to meet your specific career goals.
Internship - The Christian studies program allows you to earn up to six semester hours serving as interns in various areas of church and/or academic life.
Study abroad - There are opportunities to study abroad in such programs as the Summit Oxford Study Centre and to take trips to Israel as part of your degree program.
Work study - Several work study opportunities are available for you to work closely with the Christian Studies faculty.
*In addition to the courses listed for this major, every student at NGU will take chapel and cultural events each semester of full-time enrollment for up to eight semesters.
Each Christian Studies Department faculty member at the level of assistant professor or above holds a doctorate or its equivalent in an area of Christian studies. These include Old Testament and Hebrew, New Testament and Greek, biblical languages, church history, historical and systematic theology, and missions.
Christian Studies Department faculty members are not merely academicians, but they also have experience serving full time on church staffs as lead pastors, youth ministers, and other related positions, and they consider themselves in their teaching roles to be servants of the church.
In addition, each member of the Christian Studies Department faculty is a member of the Evangelical Theological Society and affirms the "Chicago Statement on Biblical Inerrancy."
- Gain entrance and perform at a high level in graduate school or seminary.
- Accurately interpret the Bible and communicate its teachings to others.
- Use reliable research methods to respond effectively to issues concerning Christian faith and practice in the contemporary setting.
- Minister effectively in church staff positions.
The curriculum within the Intercultural Studies Department at NGU will prepare you for excellence in global missionary service. You will begin with foundational courses in mission theology, history, strategy, and methodology. You will then progress to studies in cross-cultural communication, cultural anthropology, evangelism, and church planting. You will also put your training into practical field experience through a month-long, international mission practicum.
As you continue through the program, you will develop a clear understanding of the biblical mandate to go and encounter the nations with the gospel. Furthermore, you will gain the tools necessary to serve cross-culturally with greater understanding of the Bible and culture, along with personal and spiritual convention.
International field immersion experience - Each student will complete a required, one-month-long service on an international field under supervision of university personnel and qualified field missionaries.
NGU L.I.G.H.T. teams - Every year, NGU hosts several global, cross-cultural mission trips. Under the supervision of the Center for Cross-Cultural Engagement and Global Leadership, a variety of international mission trips are available during the break periods both between and during semesters.
Internships - The Intercultural Studies Department works closely with students to secure meaningful internships within churches, mission agencies, and field-based mission sites.
Each of the Intercultural Studies Department faculty members trained at some of the finest educational institutions in America, where they earned one or more postgraduate degrees. Additionally, each faculty member brings several years of prior mission ministry field experience to the classroom. Together, excellent formal training and the wisdom born of field service combine to make the Intercultural Studies Department's faculty of the highest quality.
- Recognize the missionary character of the Bible and the missionary need around the world.
- Discover the ways God desires to involve you in mission to the world.
- Understand the concept of mission strategy and develop strategic thinking skills related to contemporary mission needs.
- Recognize the complexities involved in adjusting to a new culture and communicating the gospel cross-culturally.
- Realize the challenges and unique opportunities for missionary service in the 21st century.
The curriculum within the Youth Ministry Department at NGU provides you with a theological foundation for understanding the role of youth ministry, a ministry that falls under the larger umbrella of the church rather than acting as a “Lone Ranger” ministry. The youth ministry program places emphasis on a strong commitment to the family, based on Deuteronomy 6; making disciples that make disciples; and biblically conservative and culturally engaging practices.
Internship - Youth ministry majors are required to complete two semesters of internships in a local youth ministry while attending class, in order to balance the academic with practical experience.
Teaching experience - Students will get the opportunity to teach chapters of texts and biblical subjects and texts as a part of various classes.
The Youth Ministry Department faculty represents decades of practical local church experience and stands for a strong commitment to the Bible, absolute love for the church; strong ecclesiology, and a balance of academic and relational elements.
- Get a church youth ministry job.
- Be well prepared to attend seminary or graduate school.
- Graduate with a greater understanding of what it means to make disciples.