Degree Requirements

Youth and Family Ministry Major

Fourteen courses including:

Theology core (six courses):
REL 210 – Research Methods in Religion
REL 301 – Interpreting the Old Testament
REL 302 – Interpreting the New Testament
REL 362 – Martin Luther and the Reformation
REL 481 – Contemporary Theology
REL 495 – Religion Keystone

Youth and family ministry core (four courses):
YFM 208 – Vocational Formation I [required non-credit experience]
YFM 209 – Vocational Formation II [required non-credit experience]
YFM 235 – Foundations for Ministry with Youth and Families
YFM 305 – Ministry Practices
YFM 358 – Life and Work of the Church
YFM 399 – Internship

Youth and family ministry electives (Two courses):
YFM 205 – Exploring Topics in Youth and Family Ministry (choose two topics course from a list of 2 credit courses)

One REL or YFM course from the following list:
YFM 232 – Peer Ministry: Principles and Leadership
YFM 316 – Church and Culture in Context
REL 343 – Theology of Marriage and Family
REL 345 – The Lutheran Heritage (required for AIM certification)
REL 353 – Finding Your Religion/Spirituality
REL 356 – World Religions
REL 357 – Giants of the Christian Faith
REL 425 – Christian Spiritual Practices

And three supporting courses:
SOC 231 – Family Systems: Cross Cultural Perspective
PSY 105 – Principles of Psychology
PSY 250 – Child Development
or PSY 252 – Adolescent and Young Adult Development

Note: A student with a youth and family ministry major or minor may not also major or minor in religion.

Youth and Family Ministry Minor

The minor consists of the following five courses:
YFM 235 – Foundations for Ministry with Youth and Families

One youth and family ministry course from:
YFM 305 – Ministry Practices
YFM 358 – Life and Work of the Church

One Bible survey course from:
REL 301 – Interpreting the Old Testament
REL 302 – Interpreting the New Testament

One theology course from:
REL 362 – Martin Luther and the Reformation
REL 481 – Contemporary Theology

One course from the theology core, YFM core, or YFM electives as listed in the major.

For a complete list of courses and descriptions, see the Course Description Search.