In keeping with the institution's Statement of Purpose, the Youth Ministry program enables students to integrate academic discipline, Christian lifestyle, and an enriched cultural experience by equipping students who desire to enter youth ministry positions through the local church and other ministry organizations as well as to prepare students for further studies at seminaries and graduate schools.
In addition to a scholarly study of the Bible and Christianity, students will receive instruction related to understanding trends in American youth culture, developing a theology and philosophy of youth ministry, examining approaches to crisis issues with which youth struggle, and developing ministry programs to meet the needs of youth.
Students will be exposed to courses in biblical studies, historical, theological and ethical studies, and courses related to practical ministry strategies and issues. A broad liberal arts foundation undergirds this program in a distinctively Christian context.
The B. A. in Youth Ministry requires that the student earn at least 128 hours. Students choosing the Youth Ministry major must complete the general education requirements listed below as part of the degree program.
Transfer students must earn at least 29 hours in Christian Studies, including 12 hours in Youth Ministry, at North Greenville University. In addition, CHST 3210 and CHST 4210 (Youth Ministry Internships I and II) must also be earned at North Greenville University.
All Youth Ministry majors must take CHST 1310 and CHST 1320 as part of their general education requirement
The major consists of 47 hours within the College of Christian Studies with special focus on Youth Ministry courses.
A minimum grade point average of 2.25 in the 44 Christian Studies hours is required for graduation.
Many Christian Studies courses may be applied to either the Youth Ministry degree program or to the Christian Studies degree program, but the same course may not be applied to both degree programs.
At least six hours must be taken from both the Biblical Studies and the Historical Theological Ethical areas. The course classification is given at the end of the course description. Courses with no designation are either required courses, or may be used as a Christian Studies elective or a free elective only. Majors in the College of Christian Studies cannot minor in the College of Christian Studies.
Bachelor of Arts in Youth Ministry
General Education Requirements
COLL 1100 or HNRS 1210 1 (2) hours
ENGL 1310, 1320 6 hours
ENGLICH LITERATURE (ENGL 2000 level) 3 hours
ARTS 1300, MUSC 1300 or 1310, or THTR 1300 3 hours
FOREIGN LANGUAGE 12 hours
HIST 1350, 1360 6 hours
HUMANITIES 6 hours
MATH 1310 or higher level (1315 suggested) 3 hours
CSCI 1305 3 hours
NATURAL SCIENCE* 8 hours
PHED 1200 2 hours
CHST 1310 and 1320** 6 hours
SOCIAL SCIENCE 6 hours
COMM 2300 3 hours
Total 68-69 hours
Christian Studies/Youth Ministry Courses
CHST 1100 (Introduction to Church-Related Vocations) 1 hour
CHST 2300 (Principles of Theological Research and Writing)*** 3 hours
CHST 2370 (Introduction to Youth Ministry) 3 hours
CHST 2375 (Youth Ministry Programming) 3 hours
CHST 2390 (Hermeneutics) 3 hours
CHST 3210 and 4210 (Christian Youth Ministry Internship I and II) 4 hours
CHST 3345, 3346, or 3348 6 hours
CHST 4340 (Crisis Issues in Youth Ministry) 3 hours
CHST 4344 (Models of Youth Ministry) 3 hours
CHST (Historical/Theological/Ethical Studies) 6 hours
CHST 4390 (Senior Seminar) 3 hours
CHST (Biblical Studies)**** 6 hours
CHST (Elective) 3 hours
Total 47 hours
Total General Education Requirements 68-69 hours
Total Christian Studies/Youth Ministry Requirements 47 hours
Total Elective Courses 12 or 13 hours
Total Hours for Degree 128 hours
Four hours must be taken in a biological science and four hours in a physical science.
Christian Studies majors must make a grade of C or higher in CHST 1310 and 1320 prior to taking any course that has these courses as prerequisites – including CHST 2390, Hermeneutics.
Christian Studies majors who do not make a minimum grade of C on the grammar portion of CHST 2300 will be required to take ENGL 3315 for elective credit.
At least one course must be at the 4000 level; one must be in Old Testament and one in New Testament.