Huntingdon Adds Two Majors
Montgomery, Ala.—The Huntingdon College Office of Academic Affairs has announced the addition of a major in physical education (teacher certification in grades P–12), a major in youth ministry, and a minor in Christian education for the 2009–10 academic year.
The major in physical education at Huntingdon is a re-introduction to the Department of Sport Sciences and Physical Education, led by James Reid, chair and associate professor of human performance. The major was in place at Huntingdon until 2005 and has been in much demand since that time. “The physical education major is designed for students seeking to teach physical education in the public or private school setting,” says Reid. “Students earning this degree will be eligible for the State of Alabama’s Class-B teacher’s certification in physical education (P–12). Because a majority of school systems do not hire athletic coaches without teaching credentials, the physical education degree will allow individuals who are interested in working as sport coaches greater opportunities to do so.” Other majors in the Department of Sport Sciences and Physical Education are athletic training, human performance-exercise science, and human performance-sport management. The physical education major is pending approval from the Department of Education.
The major in youth ministry and minor in Christian education join majors in religion and Christian education and a minor in religion offered through the Huntingdon Department of Religion. Ed Trimmer, department chair and professor of youth ministry, has led the drive to add majors in Christian education and youth ministry since joining the Huntingdon faculty last summer. “Churches desperately need Christian educators and youth ministers who are both effective in the local church and theologically astute,” says Trimmer. “We are addressing that need in our degree programs at Huntingdon College and will continue the fine tradition of preparing students for seminary.” Trimmer, the author of “Youth Ministry Handbook,” Abingdon Press, 1994; “Youth Ministry: The Main Event and the Side Shows” (Web, http://www.youthworkermovement.org/); and “Between Everything: Teacher Helps for Transitioning Tweens,” Abingdon Press, 2004, has published and presented widely on the topics of youth ministry and Christian education.
Huntingdon College, grounded in the Judeo-Christian tradition of the United Methodist Church, is committed to nurturing growth in faith, wisdom, and service and to graduating individuals prepared to succeed in a rapidly changing world. Founded in 1854, Huntingdon is a coeducational liberal arts college. The College motto, “Enter to grow in wisdom; go forth to apply wisdom in service,” is inscribed in stone above the front door of John Jefferson Flowers Hall. Celebrating its centennial year in Montgomery this year, the campus is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.