Undergraduate Catalog: 2021-22

Ministry AA

Ministry proceeds from the heart of the Church. It flows from Jesus, is energized by the Holy Spirit and points to the Father in Heaven. Its purpose is to become a doorway into the Kingdom of God. Ministry students are prepared for professional and volunteer ministries within a program that aims to integrate human, spiritual, intellectual, and pastoral formation through a strong foundation in theology and guided field experience.

Ministry courses (prefixed MIN) introduce students to the different ministries, basic resources in ministry, and the nature and purpose of ministry within the Church and for the world. Students explore various ministries and develop the skills for those ministries.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon graduation with an A.A. degree in Ministry, USF students will:


  • With Christ as the model human, identify and exemplify what it means to be human and to act rightly in the world.


  • Internalize spirituality and discipleship as foundational to all theological inquiry and practice.


  • Demonstrate knowledge of theological resources and principles, competence in theological analysis, and the ability to communicate theological topics and arguments in a clear, thoughtful, and precise manner.


  • Exhibit a range of and commitment to leadership and pastoral skills in service of God, neighbor, Church, and world.

Degree Requirements

The A.A. in Ministry degree requires 60 credit hours:

  • 12 credit hours of Franciscan Core Curriculum courses
  • 30 credit hours in ministry, theology, philosophy, communication, and humanities courses
  • 6 credit hours of ministry practicum
  • 12 credit hours of elective courses
  • Participation in co-curricular formation program

Program of Study

The A.A. in Ministry degree requires:

  • Within the Franciscan Core Curriculum courses: THEO 105, PHIL 211
  • Major core, 30 credit hours: MIN 140, COMM 250, THEO 205, 206, 236, 237, 245, 250, 300, 350, HUMN 400 (2 semesters, 0 credits)
  • Ministry practicum, 6 credit hours of: MIN 241, MIN 242
  • Electives: 12 credit hours
  • Participation in co-curricular formation program

Admission Requirements

Applicants must meet University of Saint Francis admission requirements.

Progression Requirements

Ministry majors must maintain a GPA of at least 2.0. Ministry majors must pass a background check and complete an orientation. Prior to a hospital ministry practicum, Ministry majors must provide evidence of required vaccinations and complete a hospital orientation.

Graduation Requirements

Ministry majors must meet USF graduation requirements.