124 credits

Where can this degree take me?

The Christian Ministries major will deepen your knowledge and enhance your skills to serve God more effectively — whether you serve on a professional or volunteer basis. We offer emphases in pastoral leadership, counseling, and nonprofit administration to help you specialize in one or more areas of interest.

  • Qualify to be a pastor (senior, associate, pastoral care, youth, children’s), church administrator, church counselor, or nonprofit manager.
  • Gain a strong biblical and theological foundation that will help you respond to a complex and challenging world.
  • Strengthen your relationship with God and cultivate your character.
  • Upon completion, enroll in a variety of master’s programs, such as a Master of Divinity or a Master of Arts in Ministry.

What will I study?

Students pursuing a degree in Christian Ministries need to complete core credits, as well as courses in one of three chosen emphases.


Biblical and Theological Studies: 27 hours
Course Title Credits
BI 210 Biblical Interpretation 3 hours
BI 275 Teaching the Bible 3 hours
BRS/HI 340 History of Christianity 3 hours
BRS 231 Christian Doctrine 3 hours
Choose five of the following courses, with at least two courses from Old Testament and two courses from New Testament:
Old Testament
Course Title Credits
BI 302 Pentateuch 3 hours
BI 304 Old Testament Prophetic Books 3 hours
BI 306 Old Testament Poetic Books 3 hours
BI 308 Old Testament Historical Books 3 hours
New Testament
Course Title Credits
BI 312 Life of Christ 3 hours
BI 335 Theology of the General Epistles 3 hours
BI 336 Theology of the Pauline Epistles 3 hours
BI 430 The Book of Acts  3 hours
Christian Ministries: 27 hours
Course Title Credits
CM 181 Spiritual Formation 3 hours
CM 210 Ministry in Its Cultural Context 3 hours
CM 321 Theology and Practice of Evangelism 3 hours
PSY/CM 375 Foundations of Christian Counseling  3 hours
CM 446 Reflective Internship in Christian Ministries 3 hours
An additional 12 hours in this area come from within your chosen emphasis (see below).
General Education: 33 hours
Course Title Credits
(Varies) Biblical Studies / Theology /
Lifelong Learning
 9 hours
(Varies) College Writing 3 hours
(Varies) Humanities 3 hours
(Varies) Math or Computer Science 3 hours
(Varies) Science 3 hours
(Varies) Social Science 3 hours

These requirements may be met by taking TIU courses (traditional face-to-face, accelerated face-to-face, modular, hybrid, and/or online), though transfer credit, credit for prior college-level learning, or credit by examination. No one course can satisfy two General Education requirements. No more than 9 credits can simultaneously count for both General Education and any major.



Students will choose one of the three emphases below in which to take courses that will supplement the core courses that are part of their degree.

Course Title Credits
PSY 381 Counseling Theories 3 hours
PSY 382 Crisis Counseling 3 hours
PSY 383 Marital Counseling 3 hours
PSY 384 Parent Education 3 hours
Pastoral Leadership
Course Title Credits
BUS 214 Principles of Nonprofit Management 3 hours
BUS 371 Board Governance and Volunteer Management in Nonprofit Organizations 3 hours
CM 211 Theology and Practice of Pastoral Ministry 3 hours
CM 381 Introduction to Preaching 3 hours
Nonprofit Administration
Course Title Credits
BUS 214 Introduction to Managing Nonprofit Organizations 3 hours
BUS 371 Board Governance and Volunteer Management in Nonprofit Organizations 3 hours
BUS 373 Nonprofit Financial Management 3 hours
BUS 376 Nonprofit Marketing 3 hours



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