Bachelor of Arts in Christian Studies with an Emphasis in Youth Ministry

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Are you interested in a career that would allow you to express your spirituality while working with children and teens? If so, then you could begin your professional journey by enrolling in Grand Canyon University's Bachelor of Arts in Christian Studies with an Emphasis in Youth Ministry program. Read on for more information about this bachelor's degree program.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Kind of Program Is It?

Grand Canyon University's Bachelor of Arts in Christian Studies with an Emphasis in Youth Ministry program offers a diverse education in theology, spirituality, leadership, and Christianity. Topics addressed in program coursework include the foundational aspects of youth ministry, youth spiritual development, communication strategies in biblical teachings, methods for ministering to adolescents, intervention strategies, and leadership methods in youth ministry. Other topics of discussion include interpretations of biblical stories, world religions, New and Old Testament histories, ethics, Christian values, and spiritual leadership. The program is supplemented by general education courses that help students to develop communication and problem solving skills and an understanding of cultural diversity, global perspectives, and Christian worldviews.

What are the Prerequisites?

You might have an academic background in theology or religion and should enjoy working with children before enrolling in the Bachelor of Arts in Christian Studies with an Emphasis in Youth Ministry program at Grand Canyon University.

What are the Course Requirements?

You must earn 120 credits to successfully complete Grand Canyon University's BA in Christian Studies with an Emphasis in Youth Ministry program. This credit total includes between 34-40 credits in general education courses, 72 credits in biblical studies and area of emphasis courses, and 8-14 credits in electives.

Bachelor of Arts in Christian Studies with an Emphasis in Youth Ministry Course Requirements

Course Code Course Name
BIB 104 Old Testament Historical Perspectives
BIB 105 New Testament Historical Perspectives
INT 244 World Religions
PHI 305 Ethical Thinking in the Liberal Arts
BIB 355 Biblical Interpretation and Application
BIB 351 Moses and the Prophets
BIB 354 Jesus and His Interpreters
MIN 350 Spiritual Formation for Christian Leaders
YMN 305 Philosophy and Theology of Youth Ministry
YMN 350 Leadership and Administration in Youth Ministry
HTH 359 Systematic Theology
HTH 379 History of Christianity
HTH 469 Contemporary Theology
CHL 465 Christian Leadership in the 21st Century
YMN 355 Adolescent Development and Faith Formation
MIN 360 Communication in Ministry
YMN 450 Adolescent Culture and Evangelism
YMN 455 Adolescent Issues and Intervention

What Could I Do After I Graduate?

Career Opportunities

After completing Grand Canyon University's BA in Christian Studies with an Emphasis in Youth Ministry program, you could be prepared to oversee or develop youth programs in a variety of religious organizations or related settings. You could work in churches or possibly in community centers, juvenile detention centers, or outreach programs.

Positions you could pursue include:

  • Youth minister
  • Youth ministry coordinator
  • Church youth director

Advanced Degrees

As a graduate of the Bachelor of Arts in Christian Studies with an Emphasis in Youth Ministry program, you could be eligible to enroll in a master's degree program. You might choose to do so to expand your knowledge or to fulfill requirements for advanced positions in the field.

Master's degree options for graduates include (but are not limited to):

  • Master of Arts in Theology
  • Master of Arts in Christian Studies
  • Master of Arts in Youth Ministry

For more information about our graduation rates, the median debt of students who completed the program, and other important information, please visit our website at gcu.edu/disclosures.