Your Future in Student Ministry

Available on-campus or online, the Bachelor of Arts in student ministry at Charleston Southern University helps a student to worship Jesus in any calling and area of life. Whether personally or professionally, student ministry equips students to minister and live the gospel well in both word and deed in church, parachurch and other settings by establishing a biblical, theological, philosophical and historical framework of Christian orthodox thought and practice. Students are prepared to join the church’s call to 1) make disciples of all nations in the Great Commission and 2) love God and others in the Great Commandments. 

The BA in student ministry is our primary platform for equipping men and women to serve the Kingdom of God in one of the church’s largest mission fields: young people. In addition to a Christian studies foundation, students take courses in contemporary student problems and issues and learn to minister to students and their families and have opportunities for internships with local churches and area parachurch ministries. Students also can choose to take biblical Hebrew, biblical Greek, international missions, church planting, biblical counseling and other ministry courses.


CSU is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.

Ben Phillips

Ben Phillips

Professor and Dean of the College of Christian Studies

Student Ministry

It's a calling

If you have a passion for reaching today's young people, equipping them to know and follow Jesus, and learn more about Scripture and the mission of the church, then student ministry is the right major for you.

As a Student Ministry major, you’ll take courses like…

  • Christian Discipleship
  • Hermeneutics
  • Systematic Theology I & II
  • Student Ministry Programming
  • Student Ministry in Theory and Practice

Graduates are equipped for a variety of career paths.

  • Student Minister
  • Pastor
  • Teacher
  • Chaplain
  • Scholar
  • Any professional religious service
Professor Dr Peter Beck giving a sermon at a pulpit in a church.

College of Christian Studies

All of our regular faculty have earned PhDs in their specialties and teach all of our students face-to-face, developing real relationships between faculty and students. Each Christian studies faculty member affirms 1) the Baptist Faith and Message 2000, 2) the Chicago Statement on Inerrancy, and 3) The Danvers Statement on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood.

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Whitfield Center for Christian Leadership

The facility includes classrooms and conference space, including the Drew Conference Center, which accommodates 200, and faculty offices for the College of Christian Studies and College of Humanities and Social Sciences. Named for W. Floyd and Shirley Whitfield.

Through the degree, I gained a deeper appreciation for the Bible. It equipped me with the resources to prepare orthodox yet relevant messages from the Bible. I learned how to study the Word of God for messages, for my personal devotion, and for leading others in faith disciplines. The applied theology and intern courses taught me how to be a pastor and lead others in a variety of settings. My philosophy in family ministry started through a project in the intro to family ministry course with Dr. Howard. I learned how to serve in my church in a mature manner through the philosophical foundation and practical service opportunities in the degree. The relationships with my professors have given me lifelong mentors that I still seek for advice in ministry today.

George Atkins ’15, Christian studies and business Associate Pastor to Families at Hoffmeyer Road Baptist Church

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