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2018-2019 Undergraduate Bulletin 
2018-2019 Undergraduate Bulletin [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Religion, Youth Ministry Concentration (BA)

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Federal CIP: 38.0201 Religion/Religious Studies

Learning Outcomes

The learning outcome objectives for those obtaining the BA in Religion are that students will:

  1. demonstrate spiritual growth and accountability,
  2. demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the Bible,
  3. demonstrate knowledge of basic theological concepts,
  4. be able to communicate God’s truth in order to make disciples, and
  5. understand human development (physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual) and grow in the ability to minister in ways that are developmentally and contextually appropriate.


Those preparing for ordination or other ministry credentialing in The Wesleyan Church should consult with their academic advisor to make sure they complete all of the academic requirements for those credentials.

Religion BA Requirements with a Concentration in Youth Ministry

Specified Core Curriculum

Students earning a bachelor’s degree must complete all Core Curriculum  requirements. The following specific core curriculum course(s) is required.


In addition to core curriculum (40-44 credit hours) and major course requirements, students must complete elective coursework appropriate to their degree. A minimum of 120 credit hours is required for most bachelor’s degrees, including elective coursework. Students are strongly encouraged to work with their advisor to identify courses that complement their program area. 

Note: It is recommended that students in the Youth Ministry concentration elect to take additional Bible and religion courses.

Ordination Requirements for the Wesleyan Church

Students who are pursuing ordination in the Wesleyan Church and who complete the Youth Ministry concentration in the Division of Religion will also need to find ways to complete the following courses as electives in order to fulfill the Wesleyan Church’s academic requirement for ordination:


Core Curriculum  Requirements 40-44 hrs.

Major Requirements 58 hrs.

Electives 18-22 hrs.

Total: 120 hrs.

Optional 3+1 Residency Program

The optional 3+1 residency program provides an opportunity for Christian ministry majors who are seeking a preparatory, three-year, academic experience and a participatory, one-year ministry residency.  Students will receive three years of important traditional and foundational training in classes held at the Central campus that may include enrollment in summer semesters.  In addition to completion of four online course requirements during their final year of the program, students will gain valuable residential training through immersion in a 12-credit hour ministry residency under the mentorship of experienced practitioners during their final year of the program.  Completion of the 12-credit hour residency will reduce the required number of general electives by 9 credit hours.

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