Ministry and Intercultural Studies Concentrations


Students in the Intercultural Studies, Ministry, and Youth and Emerging Adult Studies majors have the opportunity to pursue a variety of concentrations within their degree plan. They also have the option of working with their advisor to build their own concentration using transfer courses or classes that meet their area of interest and intended ministry.

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Ministry Concentrations

The following concentrations are available in the Ministry and Youth and Emerging Adult (YEA) Studies majors:

Media Ministry: Students complete a minimum of 12 credits with the goal of preparing them to serve in a ministry and media capacity. Classes include Story Structure, Audio or Video Production, and two upper level media production courses with additional elective credits that supplement the students specific goals for the concentration. 

Next Generation: Students complete a minimum of 12 credits with the goal of preparing them for ministry with youth and emerging adults in the local church or nonprofit contexts. Required courses include Spiritual Lives of Children or Spiritual Lives of Youth, Family Studies, Leading Children and Families, and Serving Youth and Emerging Adults. The requirements for this concentration in the Youth and Emerging Adult Studies major are slightly different since some of these courses are taken in the major core.

Nonprofit Leadership: Students complete a minimum of 12 credits with the goal of gaining essential skills in relational leadership, managerial leadership, and missional leadership so that they can work in either local church or nonprofit contexts. Classes include Foundations of Accounting & Finance, Business as Mission, Foundations of Nonprofit Leadership, and Grant Writing, Human Resource Management, Principles of Marketing and/or Nonprofit PR.

Social Justice: Students complete a minimum of 12 credits with the goal of preparing them with the theological and practical understandings that are needed to act mercifully and love justly in a broken world. Classes include Theology for Social Engagement, Race and Ethnicity in America, and Social Justice.

Youth and Emerging Adult Ministry: Students complete a minimum of 12 credits with the goal of preparing them with a basis for serving in a ministry capacity with youth and young adults. Classes include Serving Youth and Emerging Adults, Contemporary Issues and Interventions with Youth, Spiritual Lives of Youth, and Leading Youth and Emerging Adults.

Youth Studies: Students complete a minimum of 12 credits with the goal of learning how to lead and minister to young people in middle and high school. Classes include Serving Youth and Emerging Adults, Leading Youth and Emerging Adults, Contemporary Issues and Interventions with Youth, and Spiritual Lives of Youth. 

Intercultural Studies Concentrations

The following concentrations are available in the Intercultural Studies major:

Cross-Cultural Ministry: Students complete a minimum of 12 credits with the goal of preparing for evangelism, discipleship, or church planting missionary work. Classes include Evangelism and Discipleship, Teaching Methods in Ministry, Preaching and Worship, Understanding Islam, Business as Mission, and Relief and Development.

Chinese Language: Students complete a minimum of 12 credits with the goal of achieving intermediate proficiency in Chinese so that they can work in ministry, nonprofit, or international business contexts either domestically or internationally. Required classes include Beginning Chinese I/II.

English Language Teaching: Students complete a minimum of 12 credits with the goal of learning how to teach English in ministry or nonprofit contexts either domestically or internationally. Although students do not receive licensure to teach in K-12 schools, a TESOL certificate is embedded into this program. Required courses include Introduction to Teaching English as a Foreign Language, Structure of English Grammar, and Theory of Second Language Acquisition.

International Teaching: Students complete a minimum of 12 credits with the goal of learning the educational skills necessary to lead and teach in community education and international education contexts. Although students do not receive licensure to teach in K-12 schools, they may be able to achieve ACSI Certification. Classes include Educational Foundations, Instructional Foundations, Educating Diverse Learners, Instructional Technology I, and Child Development.

Nonprofit Leadership: Students complete a minimum of 12 credits with the goal of gaining essential skills in relational leadership, managerial leadership, and missional leadership so that they can work in either local church or nonprofit contexts. Classes include Foundations of Accounting & Finance, Business as Mission, Foundations of Nonprofit Leadership, Grant Writing, and Nonprofit PR.

Social Justice: Students complete a minimum of 12 credits with the goal of preparing them with theological and practical understandings to help them act mercifully and love justly in a broken world. Required classes include Theology for Social Engagement, Social Justice, and Race and Ethnicity in America.

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