Christian ministry degree

The Christian ministries major at Anderson University is designed to prepare students to impact the world for Christ as servant leaders. The program offers an undergraduate study of ministry, which may lead to:

  • Lay ministry while pursuing another profession
  • A position of leadership in ministry in a local congregation, a church-related organization, or a related field
  • Graduate study in ministry

Program Overview

Christian Ministries

This major is intended to be the first step in a plan for lifelong learning within ministry. The program is designed for students desiring to enter the field upon graduation, but who might choose to continue their studies later, and for students entering seminary immediately upon graduation. Courses in this major encourage ministry practice and informed reflection on that practice, giving students a robust, well-rounded education of both depth and breadth within the calling of ministry.


Christian Ministries Major

You can participate in the Christian ministries program in a variety of ways:

  • Graduate with a Bachelor of Arts in Christian Ministries in three years.
  • Graduate with a Bachelor of Arts in Christian Ministries in four years.
  • Complete the 4+1 program, from BA to MDiv.
  • Looking for our online option? Learn more about our online ministry degree.

Complementary Major

Christian ministries is also offered as a complementary major, and may be taken in conjunction with another major. This approach strengthens students’ preparation for servanthood in today’s world by connecting theological, biblical, and ministerial knowledge with students’ base of knowledge. It offers the opportunity to prepare for ministry while also preparing for another profession, and gives students a broad base in preparation for graduate study in ministry, as well.

What classes will I take?

  • Hermeneutics: The Practice of Interpreting
  • Introduction to Christian Ministry
  • American Religious History
  • Introduction to Christian Theology

View the courses required for the Christian ministries complementary major.



The Christian ministries minor offers coursework designed to develop an appreciation for the biblical foundations of the Christian faith; offers a wide range of knowledge concerning the religious experience of humankind from a Christian perspective; provides biblical, theological, and pastoral Christian education, field courses, and experiences central to preparing Christian leaders; and develops students’ appreciation for and critical reflection of their beliefs, practices, and experiences.



Among the classes in the 43-hour major are:

  • History of Christianity
  • Christian Ethics
  • Methods in Biblical Exegesis
  • Ministry Seminar
  • Theology in a Ministry Context

View the courses required for the Christian ministries major.



What kind of jobs can I anticipate after graduation?

  • Campus Minister
  • Pastor
  • College Professor
  • Missionary

Many of our students transition into graduate programs at the Anderson University School of Theology and Christian Ministry, but others have attended Claremont School of Theology, Duke Divinity School, Union Theological Seminary, Vanderbilt University, Fuller Theological Seminary, and Asbury Theological Seminary.

If you are interested in graduate school as a next step, we encourage you to learn more about the 4+1 track of our Christian ministries and master of divinity program, which can be completed in five years.


Classroom Preparation

What experiences will I have?

Christian ministries majors undertake internships and experiential courses with agencies such as Urban Studies in cities like Chicago or Indianapolis, and the Heart Institute in Florida. Additionally:

  • 80% of AU Christian ministries students specialize in Christian ministry.
  • 30 students a year complete internships in churches and related agencies.
  • Experiential learning is stressed through urban studies courses in Chicago, New York City, and Washington, D.C.
  • The AU Department of Christian Ministry stresses the Bible as the basis of ministry training.

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