BA/BS in Christian Studies/MA in Children’s Ministry

The Accelerated BA/BS in Christian Studies/MA in Children’s Ministry degree plan is designed to equip childhood ministers to understand the needs of children, explore the principles of best strategies in teaching and reaching children, and implement ministry that impacts not only the child but the family. The program provides foundations in theological, educational, and practical programming for effective childhood ministry. It combines academic training and practical ministry application that focuses intentionally on the world children live in and the faith they need to follow Christ for the rest of their lives.

UNDERGRADUATE REQUIREMENTS

courses

credit hours (ba)

credit hours (bS)

Developing A Christian Mind
DCM 2301 - Developing a Christian Mind

3

3

English

12

9

(BA)

ENGL 1301 - Composition and Rhetoric I

ENGL 1302 - Composition and Rhetoric II

ENGL 2301 - World Literature I

ENGL 2302 - World Literature II

(BS)

ENGL 1301 - Composition and Rhetoric I

ENGL 1302 - Composition and Rhetoric II

ENGL 2301 - World Literature I

or

ENGL 2302 - World Literature II

Fine Arts
FINE 1306 - Introduction to Fine Arts

3

3

Foreign Language
*Six hours at the 2000 level if adequate prerequisites are met

14*

0

Foundations for Excellence

1

1

FOUN 1101 - Foundations for Excellence

is required of all first-year and transfer students with fewer than 15 credit hours. (AP, CLEP, IB, or dual/concurrent credit earned while in high school does not count toward these 15 credit hours.)

History

6

6

Choose two:

HIST 1301 - U.S. History to 1865

HIST 1302 - U.S. History Since 1865

HIST 2301 - World Civilization I

HIST 2302 - World Civilization II

Kinesiology

2

2

KNES 1101 - Fitness for Living

and one additional activity course (KNES 1102-1122); for veterans or those 25 years of age or older prior to enrollment at DBU, KNES courses are waived.

Mathematics

3

3

Choose one:

(BA)

MATH 1301 - Math for Liberal Arts

MATH 1303 - College Algebra

MATH 1307 - Finite Math for Business Analysis

MATH 1405 - Calculus and Analytic Geometry

(BS)

MATH 1303 - College Algebra

MATH 1307 - Finite Math for Business Analysis

MATH 1405 - Calculus and Analytic Geometry

[Math Advising Tool (eMAT) required prior to registering for any Math class or any class for which the eMAT is a prerequisite.]

Natural Science (1000 or 2000 level courses only)

4

15

One laboratory science (BA) or 15 credit hours of laboratory science (BS) selected from two or more areas of Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science, Geology, Physical Science, or Physics.

Religion

9

9

RELI 1301 - Old Testament Survey

RELI 1302 - New Testament Survey

RELI 2304 - Christian Doctrine

Social Science (1000 or 2000 level courses only)

6

6

POLS 2301 - American National Government

and an additional three credit hours may be selected from Economics, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, or Sociology.

TOTAL GENERAL STUDIES HOURS

63

57

BA/BS in Christian Studies 

Required Courses 

24

24

CHST 3301 - Survey of Christian Education

CHST 4302 - Practicum in Christian Studies (S-L)

PHIL 2301 - Introduction to Philosophy

RELI 4371 - American Church History

Choose one from the following:

CHST 4306 - Children’s Ministry in the Church

CHST 4307 - Youth Ministry in the Church

CHST 4308 - Adult Ministry in the Church

Select one of the three areas of concentration for a total of 9 hours:

Concentration in Educational Ministry (9 hours)

CHST 3372 - Church Administration

CHST 4301 - Teaching Ministry of the Church

CHST 4310 - Small Group Ministry Design and Practice

Concentration in Christian Leadership (9 hours)

CHST 3372 - Church Administration

CHST 4312 - Biblical Servant Leadership

MANA 3301 - Principles of Management

Concentration in Music Ministry (9 hours)

MUSI 2207 - Introduction to Church Music and Worship

MUSI 3270 - Church Music and Worship Administration

MUSI 3271 - Contemporary Worship and Technology

MUSI 4305 - Congregational Song

Shared Undergraduate/Graduate Courses

6

6

Electives with Concentration in Educational Ministry or

Concentration in Christian Leadership:

Additional Upper-Level Electives Required*

Additional Lower or Upper-Level Electives Required*

15

12

15

18

Electives with Concentration in Music Ministry:

Additional Upper-Level Electives Required*

Additional Lower or Upper-Level Electives Required*

17

10

17

16

TOTAL UNDERGRADUATE WITH SHARED HOURS REQUIRED

120

120

A 120-credit-hour minimum for a bachelor's degree is required. Students must complete all Undergraduate hours and shared undergraduate/graduate hours prior to enrolling for remaining Graduate hours.

*Elective Requirements

  • In order to satisfy the “Undergraduate only” portion of an accelerated degree plan, sufficient lower-level and upper-level elective hours must be taken to complete the minimum number of Undergraduate credit hours required for each specific accelerated degree.

  • As part of this accelerated degree plan, 6 shared Graduate hours will be counted toward a minimum of 42 upper-level Undergraduate credit hours required for all bachelor’s degrees.

REMAINING GRADUATE REQUIREMENTS

courses

credit hours (Ma)

Core Courses 

12

DISC 5302 - Biblical Servant Leadership

GSOM 6310 - Ministry Mentorship (S-L)

THEO 6305 - Christian History and Heritage

THEO 6306 - Systematic Theology

MA in Children’s Ministry Courses   

18

MACH 6311 - Early Childhood Ministry

MACH 6312 - Ministry with Children

MACH 6351 - Children and the Christian Faith*

MACH 6352 - Advanced Childhood Ministry (S-L)*

MAFM 6353 - Ministry to Families

Select one of the following:

MACH 6315 - Ministry to Children with Special Needs

MACH 6350 - Ministry in Church Weekday Education Ministries

*Prerequisites: MACH 6311 and MACH 6312

TOTAL ADDITIONAL GRADUATE HOURS REQUIRED

30

TOTAL CREDIT HOURS REQUIRED FOR ACCELERATED DEGREE

150

Note:  Church Membership Requirement (for admission into the EDD in Educational Leadership—all concentrations, PHD in Leadership Studies’ Ministry Concentration, Master’s Ministry Degrees, and Advanced Ministry Certificate Programs): Within the last 12 months, the applicant must have been an active member of a Christian church that holds Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior and who holds solely the Old Testament and the New Testament as sacred Scripture.

(S-L) = Course(s) with field-based service-learning component.

Refer to course descriptions for course prerequisites.

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

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