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Ignite a fire inside the hearts of young people for Jesus Christ. Learn how to connect with them and share the truth that they are part of God’s family and will never be alone. The youth and emerging adult studies major equips you to work in ministry for youth and emerging adults in local church, parachurch, and community organizations. You’ll also be prepared for seminary or further graduate study.
You have the opportunity to spread the Gospel to the next generation of young people and prepare them to make an impact in their local churches and communities. You can choose a concentration in youth and emerging adult ministry, social justice, nonprofit leadership, worship and creative arts, or camp and conference center administration. The concentration track in this major is also flexibly designed for students hoping to double major. You’ll be equipped for a career in youth ministry or nonprofit youth work when you graduate because you’ll have spent 200 hours ministering during required internships.
You can also train as a ministry leader at the Forest Springs Camp & Conference Center. Since its founding in 1958, Forest Springs has been committed to developing Christian leaders. The camp's LTD (Leadership, Training, and Development) program is one tool that God has been using to equip leaders for ministry around the world.
If you feel called to work with young adults in local church ministry or through a community organization, this might be the right degree for you.
Students complete a minimum of 20 credits while living, studying, and interning for one year at the Forest Springs Camp & Conference Center. Our department partners with the camp's LTD (Leadership, Training, and Development) program to equip leaders for camping ministry around the world. Required classes including Camping Ministry, Camp Management, Camp Counseling, and Camp Health and Risk Management.
Students complete a minimum of 20 credits with the goal of gaining essential skills in relational leadership, managerial leadership, and missional leadership so that they can work in either local church or nonprofit contexts. Classes include Management, Introduction to Entrepreneurship, and Principles of Marketing.
Students complete a minimum of 20 credits with the goal of preparing them with the theological and practical understandings that are needed to act mercifully and love justly in a broken world. Required classes include Theology for Social Engagement, Social Justice, Race and Ethnicity in America, and Urban Community Development.
Students complete a minimum of 20 credits with the goal of preparing them with foundational skills in music ministry and technology so that they can best utilize their skills in leading worship or designing creative arts ministries in the local church or nonprofit ministry context. Classes include Music Ministry Foundations, Music in World Cultures, and Technology in Worship.
Students complete a minimum of 20 credits with the goal of preparing them for ministry with youth and emerging adults in the local church or nonprofit contexts. Required courses include Every Day Lives of Adolescents and Youth, Spiritual Lives of Adolescents and Youth, and Practices of Youth and Emerging Adult Ministry. The requirements for this concentration in the Youth and Emerging Adult Studies major are slightly different since some of these courses are taken in the major core.
Complete an individualized group of interrelated courses in consultation with the academic advisor and approved by the department chairperson. A group of courses may include any minor, other than Bible, but must total 20 credits.
Students may apply through the Ministry department to combine an undergraduate degree in Youth and Emerging Adult Studies with an accelerated Master of Arts in Ministry Leadership. Youth and Emerging Adult Studies majors complete up to 16 credits of the M.A. degree during their undergraduate program and the remaining 20 credits during a fifth year of study. The fifth year can be completed on site or through online learning. This pathway saves students time and tuition expense as they add a graduate degree to their portfolio.
The Bachelor of Science in Youth and Emerging Adult Studies works well as a double major with a B.S. in Music with an emphasis in Music Ministry. See the Chair of the Department of Christian Ministries for details and advising.
You will learn to communicate effectively, counsel youth, and minister to them in various situations.
of seniors believe the faculty are genuinely interested in their welfare
of seniors are able to discuss their major through a biblical worldview
of Northwestern’s youth and emerging adult studies graduates felt professionally prepared by their education