The major in Christian Education and Youth Ministry is designed to give the student optimal learning in Christian ministry. The student will take required courses in both Christian education and youth ministry and then elect courses that best suit her/his interests. The purpose of the major is to equip students for entry-level positions in a local church or para-church organization in either Christian education or youth ministry. The major also prepares students for graduate studies in one or both of these areas. At the end of the program, the student will be equipped to examine different areas of ministry, articulate a basic philosophy of educational or youth ministry, and develop her/his abilities in Christian leadership.
To help fulfill this goal, three primary areas of study are required. First, the student will be exposed to the theory and practice of Christian education and youth ministry. Second, the student will be academically and spiritually grounded through a foundation of courses in biblical and theological studies. And, third, the student will be exposed to broader areas that influence ministry through courses in the social sciences. This curriculum is enriched by the Christian liberal arts general education courses offered by Northwestern. The student may also choose to minor in a different area for further enrichment and expertise.
The Christian Education and Youth Ministry major afford opportunities for immediate employment, although graduate studies are encouraged for those seeking a career in either Christian education or youth ministry.