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MNU Unveils Two New Majors

MNU Unveils New Majors for Fall 2014

By Carol Best
April 2, 2014

Reflecting changes in the workplace MNU has created two new majors that will be offered in the fall 2014 semester. An interdisciplinary Children and Family Ministry major is the result of a partnership between MNU’s Department of Bible, Theology & Mission and the School of Education. The major will emphasize practical points of common practice between these two areas as they relate to children’s education in both Christian and public arenas, including reading skills, biblical literacy, art, worship, motor skills, recreation and classroom management.

Dr. Mark Hayse Christian education area coordinator and undergraduate Honors Program director at MNU will oversee this new major with Rev. Margaret Tyler who serves as director of the Nazarene Children’s Leadership Network and Kansas City District Children’s Pastor. Dr. Randy Cloud, chair of the Department of Bible, Theology and Mission, says that MNU’s close proximity to the Nazarene Global Ministry Center and Nazarene Publishing House will allow students in this new major to work closely with existing children’s ministry networks such as WordAction Sunday School curriculum and USA/Canada Sunday School and Discipleship Ministries.

 “Children’s ministry must be the starting point for the urgent priorities that face for today’s church,” Cloud said. “MNU is excited to promote and resource the church to meet this critical ministry focus. Requests for graduates trained in ministry with children is our fastest growing inquiry area among regional congregations. We are happy to partner with them in very tangible ways. When our graduates are skilled not only in biblical theology but also in sound educational practice, whole congregations get stronger.”

Also available in the fall is Recreation & Leisure Studies which focuses on improving health and wellness within communities, conservation of open space and parks, and ensuring all people have access to the benefits of local parks and recreation programs.

“As a Recreation & Leisure major in college, you will learn the very real business behind "Leisure" or "Recreation,” says Brad King, associate professor of health & exercise science.  “In the United States alone, there are literally thousands of local, state, national and "theme" parks and venues. All must be well maintained, made profitable, and accessible to all.”

MNU’s location once again provides ample opportunities for students in some of the country’s finest parks and recreational programs. Students will gain hands-on experience through practica/labs, as well as internships at over 80 parks and recreation programs in the Kansas City metro area. At the end of the program, you will be prepared to work in a variety of sectors within the fields of parks and recreation.

Students in this major will learn to develop, evaluate and direct recreational and intramurals programs; youth through elder activity groups; programs supporting veteran and disabled individuals; as well as provide outdoor leadership programs. Financial organization, personnel management, and facility operations are foundational concepts in the major. In addition, students will set goals, measure program outcomes, and evaluate program success while serving diverse populations and providing needed services for the organization and community.

For more information about these and other majors at MNU visit Academics at

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