Religion programs

Northwestern’s religion department is large for a college our size and serves all students through core general education courses in the Christian story and tradition. Your major courses will help you develop your Christian worldview and further strengthen your foundational knowledge in Scripture, theology and the practice of ministry.

Christian Education and Youth Ministry Major

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.

Requirements
CEY 210 - Foundational Issues in Christian Education
CEY 212 - Foundational Issues in Youth Ministry
CEY 401 - Integrated Field Experience I
CEY 402 - Integrated Field Experience II
Electives: (10-12 credits)
CEY 310 - Leadership Development
CEY 315 - Philosophy of Adolescent Ministry
CEY 320 - Teaching and Learning Strategies
CEY 330 - Special Topics in CE/YM
CEY 380 - Narrative and Spiritual Formation
Cognate Requirements
REL 310 - Christian Spirituality
REL 328 - Biblical Interpretation and Theology
REL 382 - Religion in America
Choose one course:
PSY 221 - Developmental Psychology: Childhood
PSY 224 - Developmental Psychology: Adolescence
PSY 225 - Developmental Psychology: Adulthood
Electives: (8-10 credits)
REL 260 - Christian Ethics
REL 290 - Christian Witness
REL 294 - Introduction to Christian Missions
REL 317 - Topics in Old Testament Studies
REL 322 - Topics in New Testament Studies
REL 370 - Calvin and Calvinism
REL 375 - Topics in Theology
REL 385 - Topics in Religion
REL 390 - World Religions
Total credits required: 44-48

Recommended courses
Students with Youth Ministry interest should take:
CEY 315 - Philosophy of Adolescent Ministry
PSY 224 - Developmental Psychology: Adolescence
Students with Christian Education interest should take:
CEY 320 - Teaching and Learning Strategies
CEY 380 - Narrative and Spiritual Formation
Recommended cognates:
KIN 345 - Outdoor Recreation
MUS 115 - Music of the Church
THE 305 - Story and Worship