Bachelor of Science in Youth Ministry,Family and Culture

Why study Youth Ministry, Family & Culture at CIU?

The professors in the Youth Ministry, Family & Culture major at Columbia International University actively work in youth and family ministry themselves. They teach from personal experience, not just from the textbook. They’ll share with you the knowledge and skills needed to reach the next generation and their families for Christ and guide you in understanding how contemporary issues affect family life and culture.

You can specialize your program in one of these areas:

  • Advanced Youth Communication
  • Adventure Education
  • At-Risk Youth
  • Camp and Retreat Ministry
  • Cross-cultural Youth Ministry
  • Family-Based Ministry
  • General Youth Ministry

Your Next Step

Review our course requirements and begin the application process.


Career and Ministry Opportunities for Youth Ministry, Family, & Culture Graduates

Consider the impact you can make on young people and families as you fulfill your passion in one of these positions:

  • Youth/Student Ministry Pastor or Director
  • Children's Pastor/Director
  • College Pastor/Director
  • International Youth Worker/Missionary
  • Para-Church Youth Worker (Young Life, Youth for Christ, FCA)
  • Camp/Retreat Director or Program Director
  • Staff at Residential Programs for At-Risk Youth
  • Military Base Youth Worker/Minister
  • Youth Ministry Curriculum Developer
  • Director of a Youth-Focused Nonprofit Organization
  • Inner City or Urban Youth Worker
  • Wilderness Field Instructor
  • Wilderness Program Director
  • Itinerant Youth Speaker
  • or preparation for graduate school

Degree Program Faculty

Photo of Karen Grant, CIU Professor of Youth Ministry, Family & Culture

Karen Grant

Professor of Youth Ministry, Family and Culture

B.A., California State University, Chico; M.A., California State University, Stanislaus; M.A., Moody Bible Institute; Bible Certificate, D.Min., Columbia International University



A photo of David Olshine, professor of Youth Ministry, Family, and Culture at CIU.

David Olshine

Professor of Youth Ministry, Family, and Culture

B.G.S., Ohio University; M.Div., Asbury Theological Seminary; D.Min., The Eastern Baptist Seminary  


Sam Rubinson, CIU professor

Sam Rubinson

Professor of Youth Ministry, Family, and Culture

B.S., Valley Forge Christian College; M.A., Columbia International University; D.Min., Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary


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