Associate of Arts in Youth Ministries

The Associates in Youth Ministries is a program of study designed to provide the student with knowledge of the basic principles of youth ministry. Coursework for the minor can be used to fulfill elective requirements in a major area of study.

Program Director: Jeffrey D. Riley

Program Outcomes

The student will:

  1. Develop a basic knowledge of biblical content and Christian Theology.
  2. Understand the essentials of a proper methodology to interpret and apply the English Bible.
  3. Develop a commitment to growth in Christian character and lifestyle.
  4. Develop an historical framework and Biblical philosophy for Christian education.
  5. Acquire a fundamental knowledge and methodology of youth ministry.
  6. Become acquainted with the uniqueness of adolescent development and how to reach them.
  7. Develop basic pastoral administration and leadership skills.
Associate Degree Requirements
  1. Complete a minimum of 65 semester credit hours.
  2. A 2.0 cumulative grade point average and a passing grade in all required courses.
  3. At least 30 semester credit hours must be earned at Emmaus.
  4. Complete the general graduation requirements listed in the Academic Life section of the catalog.
  5. Meet course requirements in the following areas:
  • Bible/Theology (24 credits)
    • Old Testament Survey 1 (BT 102)
    • Old Testament Survey 2 (BT 104)
    • New Testament Survey (BT 106)
    • Christian Life and Worldview (BT 111)
    • Survey of Doctrine (BT 151)
    • Introduction to Biblical Interpretation (BT 120)
    • Biblical Hermeneutics (BT 220)
    • Bible/Theology Elective
    • Chapel (CCS 110)
    • Servant Leader Training (CCS 120)
  • Educational Ministries (18 credits)
    • Marriage and Family Life (EM 109)
    • EM Freshman Field Studies (EM 140)
    • Foundations of Youth Ministry (EM 206)
    • AV and Technology (EM 230)
    • EM Sophomore Field Studies (EM 240)
    • Youth Culture and Challenges (EM 310)
    • Principles and Methods of Youth Ministry (EM 315)
    • Small Group Communication (EM 320)
  • General Studies (23 credits)
    • Fundamentals of Speech (COM 112)
    • Fundamental Computer Literacy (CS 101)
    • English Composition (ENG 101)
    • Introduction to Literature (ENG 102)
    • Transitions Seminar (FND 101)
    • Western Civilization 1 or 2 (HIS 131/132) or American History 1 (HIS 235)
    • Biological Science and Lab (SCI 245) or Earth Science and Lab (SCI 235)
    • Mathematics Elective

Award: Associate of Arts in Youth Ministries

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