College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Christian Ministry Major (BA Traditional)

This program is designed to prepare students for service in a ministry setting (with an option for certification as a Director of Christian Education or Outreach for LCMS students). Students will gain an understanding of Christian and Lutheran doctrine, beliefs, teachings, history, practices, ethics, church organization and strategy, vocation, and outreach. Upon completion of this program, students will recognize their personal identity in Christ, the broader ministry of the Gospel, and their philosophy of ministry.

General Education Requirements

All degree seeking undergraduate students must complete the general education requirements.

Degree Requirements

Bachelor of Arts degree consists of a major of typically 32 to 44 credits or two minors, general education courses, and elective courses totaling a minimum of 120 credits.

Co-requisites from General Education (do not count toward major credit total)
Introduction to Psychology (4)
New Testament (3)
Lutheran Doctrine I (3)
Required
CHM 268Introduction to Christian Ministry2
CHM 321Foundations for Teaching and Learning4
CHM 325Strategic Ministry3
CHM 330Cultural Contexts and Faith Development3
CHM 421Teaching to Lead and Equip4
CHM 425Youth and Family Ministry4
CHM 430Children and Confirmation Ministry4
CHM 435Teachng and Leading Adults4
CHM 440Speaking the Gospel4
CHM 490Theory to Action: Capstone in Christian Ministry2
PSY 215Child and Adolescent Developmental Psychology for K-12 Educators4
THL 353Christianity and World Religions4
Total Credits42

DCE Certification

Additional Requirements for DCE Certifcation (36-48 credits):

CHM 498Commissioned Ministry Internship I6
CHM 499Commissioned Ministry Internship II6
Completion of Lutheran Theology Minor24
Select one of the following emphases (Optional):12
Christian Outreach
Family Studies
Biblical Studies
Urban Ministry
Theology
Communication
Total Credits36-48

DCE Emphasis Options

Emphasis in Christian Outreach

CHM 450Great Commission Congregations4
THL 371Mission of God4
THL 377Faith and Justice in the City4
Total Credits12

Emphasis in Family Studies

Required
FAS 400Family Systems, Structures and Relationships4
Electives
Select 8 credits of the following:8
Family Communication (4)
Marriage and Family (4)
Themes in Adult Development and Aging with a Lifespan Perspective (4)
Social Psychology (4)
Total Credits12

Emphasis in Biblical Studies

Required
GRK 211Beginning Greek I4
GRK 212Beginning Greek II4
Electives
Select 4 credits of the following:4
Matthew (2)
Mark (2)
Luke (2)
Galatians and Romans (2)
Corinthians (2)
General Epistles (2)
Studies in Biblical Theology (2)
Total Credits12

Emphasis in Urban Ministry

Required
ENG 320Writing in the Workplace2
THL 377Faith and Justice in the City4
Electives
Select 6 credits of the following:6
Mission Shift Institute I (3)
Mission Shift Institute II (3)
Principles of Urban Ministry (3)
History and Contemporary Issues (3)
Signigicant Urban Service Issues (3)
Urban Economics, Entrepreneurship and Community Development (3)
Race and Ethnicity in America (3)
Total Credits12

Emphasis in Theology

Select 12 credits of the following:12
Archaeology and the Bible (4)
Global Christianity (4)
The Problem of Evil (4)
Athens and Jerusalem: Philosophy and Christianity (4)
Martin Luther: Saint & Sinner (4)
Jesus and Muhammad (4)
One Nation under God? Christianity and Politics in America (4)
Christianity and the Media in Contemporary Culture (4)
Theology and Art (4)
Christianity thr Symbol/Ritual (4)
Faith and Justice in the City (4)
Studies in Biblical Theology (2)
Total Credits12

Emphasis in Communication

Required
ENG 320Writing in the Workplace2
Electives
Select 10 credits of the following:10
Using Social Media in Ministry (2)
Small Group Communication (4)
Public Speaking (4)
Intercultural Communication (4)
Social Media & Public Relations (4)
Total Credits12

DCO Certification

Additional Requirements for DCO Certification (48 credits)

Required
CHM 498Commissioned Ministry Internship I6
CHM 499Commissioned Ministry Internship II6
Completion of Minor in Lutheran Theology 24
Emphasis in Christian Outreach
CHM 450Great Commission Congregations4
THL 371Mission of God4
THL 377Faith and Justice in the City4
Total Credits48