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TPL BA Degree Requirements 2019-2020

The Theology and Public Leadership major is an interdisciplinary major that forms leaders for work at the intersections of church and society. Students in this major are equipped with the necessary theological and theoretical frameworks, leadership skills and servant hearts to lead a variety of communities in their expression of faith and their work for justice in the world. This happens through the disciplined study of theology, scripture, the social sciences, and ministry. A distinctive element of the major is the combination of practical and theological training: students have many opportunities to apply knowledge and skills in specific ministry contexts, including a supervised internship.

Graduates of this program work in the areas of youth ministry, congregational ministry, community organizing, public policy and advocacy, nonprofits and graduate school. Our vision is a generation of Christian leaders equipped to lead the Christian church into the public square for the common good.

Students in this program earn a Bachelor of Arts in Theology and Public Leadership and combine this degree with a concentration, minor or second major in an area of interest.

A Word about Youth and Family Ministry: For decades, Augsburg University has been a leader in the field of youth and family ministry. The Youth and Family Ministry degree program has a long and storied history of pushing the envelope with cutting edge approaches to ministry. This new version of the degree program stands proudly on that storied past. Students who are pursuing a call to ministry with children, youth and families can prepare for this career by combining the Theology and Public Leadership major with the Youth Studies concentration or minor.

Theology and Public Leadership Major (40-56 credits)

  • Theology core (20 credits):
    • RLN 209 – Research Methods in Religion
    • RLN 251 – The Bible in Culture and Counterculture
    • RLN 342 – Martin Luther and the Reformation
    • RLN 400 – Religion Keystone
    • RLN 441 – Contemporary Theology
  • Public ministry core (16 credits):
    • RLN 290 – Foundations for Public Ministry
    • RLN 295 – Church: Past, Present, Future
    • RLN 390 – The Art of Public Ministry
    • RLN 399 – Internship
  • Cross-Disciplinary Elective (4 credits) OR Concentration (16-20 credits)
    • Complete 4 credits in one of the concentrations listed below or complete the entire concentration

Concentrations

Students majoring in Theology & Public Leadership can pursue one of the concentrations listed below. A concentration will be noted on the transcript at the point of graduation, not a minor.

Youth Studies Concentration

The 20-credit concentration in 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.

  • YST 210 – Rethinking Children and Youth
  • YST 320 – Working With Children and Youth
  • One human development course from:
    • PSY 203 – Lifespan Development
    • PSY 250 – Child Development
    • PSY 252 – Adolescent and Young Adult Development
    • SWK 303 – Human Development and the Social Environment
  • EDC 330, 331, 332, and 333 – Public Achievement sequence
  • Complete 4 credits in a YST elective from the courses listed below
    • HPE 115 – Chemical Dependency Education (2 cr.)
    • HPE 335 – Outdoor Education (2 cr.)
    • POL 122 – Social Justice in Urban America
    • POL 325 – Politics and Public Policy
    • PSY 262 – Abnormal Psychology
    • PSY 291 – Addiction and Recovery
    • SOC 231 – Family Systems: Cross Cultural Perspectives
    • SOC 265 – Race, Class, and Gender
    • SOC 387 – Juvenile Delinquency
    • SOC 395 – Mental Illness and Society
    • WST 281/481 – Topics: Girls, Culture, and Identity (this topic only)

Leadership and Management Concentration

This 16-credit concentration prepares students to manage and lead organizations, especially non-profits.

  • SOC 349 – Organizations and Society: Understanding Nonprofits and Corporations
  • BUS 242 – Principles of Management
  • COM 345 – Organizational Communication
  • NMS 230 – Social Media

Community Engagement Concentration

This 16-credit concentration prepares students to be effective community organizers and leaders who help organizations effectively connect with their surrounding communities.

  • SOC 111 – City Life: Introduction to Urban Sociology or POL 122 – Social Justice in Urban America
  • SOC 240 – Protest and Social Change: The Sociology of Social Movements
  • SWK 230 – Global Peace and Social Development
  • COM 329 – Intercultural Communication

Worship and Music Concentration

This 16-credit concentration prepares students to be worship and music leaders in congregations and other faith communities.

  • RLN 214/MUS 234 – Church Music and Worship
  • COM 111 – Public Speaking
  • Two other courses (yet to be determined; see program director for more information)

Environmental Stewardship Concentration

This 16-credit concentration prepares students to organize and educate faith communities and other non-profits around practices of environmental stewardship.

  • ENV 100 – Environmental Connections
  • ENV 320 – Environmental Science
  • SWK 210 – Environmental Justice and Social Change
  • COM 260 – Environmental Communication

Advocacy & Public Policy Concentration

This 16-credit concentration prepares students to lead faith communities and other non-profits in their work around advocacy and public policy.

  • POL 325 – Politics and Public Policy
  • SOC 390 – Social Problems Analysis
  • SOC 265 – Race, Class, and Gender
  • COM 329 – Intercultural Communication

Human Services Concentration

This 16-credit concentration prepares students to work in faith communities and other non-profits serving individuals and families in need.

  • PSY 203 – Lifespan Development
  • PSY 262 – Abnormal Psychology or SOC 395 – Mental Illness and Society
  • SOC 231 – Family Systems: Cross Cultural Perspectives
  • SWK 100 – Introduction to Professional Social Work

Cross-Cultural Relations Concentration

This 16-credit concentration prepares students to help faith communities and other non-profits work effectively across cultural differences.

  • Two semesters (8 credits) of a modern language at the 200-level or above, or its equivalency.
  • CCS 100 – Introduction to Cultural Studies
  • COM 329 – Intercultural Communication

Graduation Skills for Religion and Theology and Public Leadership Majors

The Critical Thinking (CT) graduation skill is embedded throughout the offered courses and is met by completing the major. The graduation skills in Quantitative Reasoning (QR), Speaking (S) and Writing (W) are met by completing the following courses:

Quantitative Reasoning: GST 200, MAT 145, MAT 146, MAT 163, MAT 164, or PHI 230; or by the QR requirement for a second major

Speaking: Consult with advisor for an approved course outside the major

Writing: RLN 400 and one of the following: RLN 342, 370, or 441

Transfer students must consult a Religion Department advisor about potential adjustments to their course requirements to fulfill each of these skills.