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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: Mr. Jeff Riley

Program Outcomes

The student will:

  1. Develop knowledge of the content of the Bible.
  2. Develop an understanding of Christian theology.
  3. Lay a foundation for a worldview that is distinctly Christian.
  4. Evidence qualities of spiritual growth.
  5. Develop an historical framework and Biblical philosophy for Christian education.
  6. Acquire a fundamental knowledge and methodology of youth ministry.
  7. Become acquainted with the uniqueness of adolescent development and how to reach them.
  8. Develop basic pastoral administration and leadership skills.

Associate Degree Requirements

  1. Complete a minimum of 67 semester credit hours.
  2. A 2.0 cumulative grade point average and a passing grade in all required courses.
  3. At least 34 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 & Bible Study Methods (BT 110)
    • Survey of Doctrine (BT 151)
    • Hermeneutics (BT 250)
    • Apologetics (BT/PH 350)
    • Bible/Theology Elective
  • Educational Ministries (12 credits)
    • 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)
  • Inter-Area Studies (3 credits)
    • Transitions Seminar (IAS 101)
    • Servant Leader Training (IAS 102/3-202/3)
    • Chapel Attendance (IAS 110)
  • Humanities (12 credits)
    • Fundamentals of Speech (COM 112)
    • English Composition (ENG 101)
    • Introduction to Literature (ENG 102)
    • Introduction to Philosophy: Christian Worldview (PH 106)
  • Social Sciences (9 credits)
    • Fundamental Computer Literacy (CS 101)
    • Western Civilization (HIS 131/132) or American History (HIS 235/236)
    • Marriage and Family Life (SOC/EM 109)
  • Natural Sciences (7 credits)
    • College Mathematics (MAT 140)
    • Introduction to Human Biology & Lab (SCI 241/242)

Award: Associate of Arts in Youth Ministries