Youth & Family Studies Major

The Youth and Family Studies major prepares students to establish, develop and evaluate models and practices of youth ministry. Emphasis is on understanding youth in their everyday life grounded in a biblical theology of seeing youth created in God’s image. The major also lays a foundation for seminary/graduate study.

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>> Degree Requirements

Students Speak

“I enjoy doing ministry. I love getting off campus and using what I am learning in the classroom. It has really defined my faith and allowed me to realize why I believe what I do. After graduation, I would love to work with a non-profit that reaches out to youth.

Kryn – Monticello, Minnesota

What classes will I take?

  • Camping and Ministry
  • Communicating the Biblical Message
  • Drama and Ministry
  • Everyday Lives of Adolescents and Youth
  • Human Sexuality
  • Leadership in Ministry
  • Social Problems
  • Spiritual Lives of Adolescents & Youth

What can I do with this major?

  • Camp Director
  • Campus Chaplain
  • Curriculum Writer
  • Minister of Discipleship
  • Minister of Singles
  • Minister of Students
  • Minister of Youth/ Christian Education
  • Minister to those with Special Needs
  • Staff Member—Parachurch Agency
  • Teen Missions
  • Youth Counselor
  • Social Worker
  • Juvenile Justice