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TPL Concentrations

Theology and Public Leadership students can either complete one cross-disciplinary course for their 10th required course from one of the following concentrations. Or they can complete the entire concentration. We strongly encourage students to either (1) complete a concentration within Theology and Public Leadership, (2) pair the Theology and Public Leadership major with a minor from another discipline, or (3) pair the Theology and Public Leadership major with a second major.

Youth Studies Concentration

Youth Studies offers students the opportunity to explore the history and practice of work with children and youth, to form a critical and constructive framework for understanding and appreciating young people, and to develop the necessary skill set for effective work with children and youth. (20 credits)

  1. YST 210 – Rethinking Children & Youth (4 cr.)
  2. YST 220 – Working with Children & Youth (4 cr.)
  3. One human development course from:
    • PSY203 – Lifespan Development (4 cr)
    • PSY250 – Child Development (4 cr.)
    • PSY252 – Adolescent & Young Adult Development (4 cr.)
    • SWK303 – Human Development & the Social Environment (4 cr.)
  4. EDC330 (1 cr.), 331 (1 cr.), 332 (1 cr.) & 333 (1 cr.) – Public Achievement sequence
  5. Complete 4 credits in a YST elective from the courses listed below
    • HPE115 – Chemical Dependency Education (2 cr.)
    • HPE335 – Outdoor Education (2 cr.)
    • POL122 – Metropolitan Complex (4 cr.)
    • POL325 – Politics & Public Policy (4 cr.)
    • PSY262 – Abnormal Psychology (4 cr.)
    • PSY291 – Addiction & Recovery (4 cr.)
    • SOC231 – Family Systems (4 cr.)
    • SOC265 – Race, Class, Gender (4 cr.)
    • SOC300 – Mental Illness and Society (4 cr.)
    • SOC387 – Juvenile Delinquency (4 cr.)
    • WST281/481 – Topics: Girls, Culture, and Identity (4 cr.)

Leadership and Management Concentration

Leadership and Management prepares students to manage and lead organizations, especially non-profits. (16 credits)

  1. SOC349 – Organizations and Society: Understanding Nonprofits and Corporations
  2. BUS242 – Principles of Management
  3. COM345 – Organizational Communication
  4. NMS230 – Social Media

Community Engagement Concentration

Community Engagement prepares students to be community organizers and leaders who help organizations connect with their communities. (16 credits)

  1. SOC111 – City Life: Introduction to Urban Sociology or POL122 – Metropolitan Complex
  2. SOC240 – Protest & Social Change: The Sociology of Social Movements
  3. SWK230 – Global Peace & Social Development
  4. COM329 – Intercultural Communication

Worship and Music Concentration

Worship and Music prepares students to be worship and music leaders in congregations and other faith communities. (16 credits)

  1. REL/MUS 432 – Church Music and Worship
  2. COM111 – Public Speaking
  3. TBA
  4. TBA

Environmental Stewardship Concentration

Environmental Stewardship prepares students to organize, educate and lead faith communities and other non-profits around environmental stewardship. (16 credits)

  1. ENV100 – Environmental Connections
  2. ENV120 – Environmental Science
  3. SWK210 – Environmental Justice and Social Change
  4. COM260 – Environmental Communication

Advocacy & Public Policy Concentration

Advocacy & Public Policy prepares students to lead faith communities and other non-profits in their work around advocacy and public policy. (16 credits)

  1. POL325 – Politics & Public Policy
  2. SOC390 – Social Problems Analysis
  3. SOC265 – Race, Class, Gender
  4. COM329 – Intercultural Communication

Human Services Concentration

Human Services prepares students to work in faith communities and other non-profits serving individuals and families in need. (16 credits)

  1. PSY203 – Lifespan Development
  2. PSY262 – Abnormal Psychology or SOC300 – Mental Illness and Society
  3. SOC231 – Family Systems
  4. SWK100 – Introduction to Professional Social Work

Cross-Cultural Relations Concentration

Cross-Cultural Relations prepares students to help faith communities and other non-profits work effectively across cultural differences. (16 credits)

  1. 211 of a Modern Language
  2. 212 of a Modern Language
  3. CCS100 – Introduction to Cultural Studies
  4. COM329 – Intercultural Communication