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Ignite a fire inside the hearts of young people for Jesus Christ. Learn how to connect with them and share the truth that they are part of God’s family and will never be alone. The youth and emerging adult studies major equips you to work in ministry for youth and emerging adults in local church, parachurch, and community organizations. You’ll also be prepared for seminary or further graduate study.
You have the opportunity to spread the Gospel to the next generation of young people. You will have the privilege of making an impact in local churches and communities.
There are many concentrations available in youth studies ministry including:
The concentration track in this major is flexible and designed for students hoping to double major. You’ll be equipped for a career in youth ministry or non-profit youth work when you graduate, because you’ll spend 200 hours ministering during required internships.
You can also train as a ministry leader at the Forest Springs Camp & Conference Center. Since its founding in 1958, Forest Springs has been committed to developing Christian leaders. The camp's Leadership, Training, and Development (LTD) program equips leaders for global ministry.
Students spend one year living, studying, and interning at the Forest Springs Camp & Conference Center. Our department partners with the camp's Leadership, Training, and Development (LTD) program to equip leaders for camping ministry around the world. Required classes including Camping Ministry, Camp Management, Camp Counseling, and Camp Health and Risk Management.
Students will complete 12 credits specific to Media Ministry.
Students will complete 12 credits specific to Next Generation Ministry.
Students will gain essential skills in relational leadership, managerial leadership, and missional leadership to work in either local church or nonprofit contexts. Classes include Management, Introduction to Entrepreneurship, and Principles of Marketing.
Students will be prepared with the theological and practical understandings needed to act mercifully and love justly in a broken world. Required classes include Theology for Social Engagement, Social Justice, Race and Ethnicity in America, and Urban Community Development.
Students will learn foundational skills in music ministry and technology so they can lead worship or design creative arts ministries in the local church or nonprofit ministry context. Classes include Music Theory Fundamentals, Music in World Cultures, and Technology in Worship.
Students will be prepared for ministry with youth and emerging adults in the local church or nonprofit settings. Required courses include Everyday Lives of Adolescents and Youth, Spiritual Lives of Adolescents and Youth, and Practices of Youth and Emerging Adult Ministry. Some of these courses are taken in the Youth and Emerging Adult Studies major core.
Complete an individualized group of interrelated courses in consultation with the academic advisor and approved by the department chairperson. A group of courses may include any minor, other than Bible.
Students can apply through the ministry department to combine an undergraduate degree in Youth Studies with an accelerated M.A. degree in Ministry Leadership. Youth Studies majors complete up to 16 credits of the M.A. degree during their undergraduate program and the remaining 20 credits during a fifth year of study. The fifth year can be completed on site or through online learning. This option saves students time and expenses as they add a graduate degree.
A degree in Youth Studies works well as a double major with a Music degree with an emphasis in Music Ministry. See the Chair of the Department of Christian Ministries for details and advising.
My heart is set on being a youth minister and changing the lives of the youth in America today. Currently, I'm serving as a youth director at a small Chinese church. It's been great being able to understand where they're coming from and how to develop them in their faith.
of seniors believe the faculty are genuinely interested in their welfare
of seniors are able to discuss their major through a biblical worldview
of Northwestern’s graduates felt professionally prepared by their education
You will learn to communicate effectively, counsel youth, and minister to them in various situations.