The department offers seven courses, including a church and society course which fulfills the core requirement in Societal Structures in North America category.

Students can take part in faculty-led research projects over the summer. Recent projects including the

We offer the Ministry Leadership minor and a number of courses related to ministry studies. These are designed to complement any major the university offers and equip you to bring your study in other areas into your ministry within the church.

The 20-21 credit-hour allows you to focus on a particular area of interest, as described in the Concentrations tab.

Course Requirements


Todd Cioffi

Todd Cioffi

Director, Calvin Prison Initiative; Associate Professor, CMS; Adjunct Professor, Religion
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Lynn Elliott

Lynn Elliott

Affiliate Professor
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Community Development

  • CMS-375 Ministry, Leadership, and Community Development
  • REL-295 Christianity and Culture
  • One from:

Congregational Studies


Music in Worship

Pastoral Ministry

  • Three credit hours from:
    • REL-237 Christian Worship
    • CMS-251Theological Reflections on Ministry Practices
    • CMS-378 A Christian Calling: Proclaiming Jubilee as a Christian Leader
  • One credit hour from:
    • SOC-250 Diversity and Inequality in the United States
    • CAS-253Intercultural Communication
    • CAS-260 Interpersonal Communication


Youth Ministry

  • CMS-374 Youth and Family Ministry
  • EDUC-309 Teaching Religion to Children and Adolescents
  • PSYC-202 Youth Faith Development and Spiritual Formation
More opportunities to explore

Learn about for-credit and extracurricular internship opportunities for ministry studies minors.

Ministry Resource Center
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Perkins Fellows
Explore this dedicated leadership-development program, designed for underclassmen.