Religion and Philosophy with a Concentration in Church Leadership

The Church Leadership concentration is designed to prepare students for future careers in church service. Many of our graduates take positions in Christian Education or Youth Ministry directly after graduation. Others enroll in seminaries as a preparation for ordained ministry.

LaGrange College is one of only nine (9) colleges in the nation that are authorized by the United Methodist Church to offer certification programs in Youth Ministry and Christian Education. United Methodist students who complete our Church Leadership program fulfill all of the educational requirements needed for professional certification in these fields.

The major consists of 11 courses in addition to the exploratory course in Religion that is taken as part of the core (RLGN 1103, 1104, 1106, 1107, or 1108), yielding a total of 12 courses (36 semester hours). The Church Leadership concentration requires successful completion of the following courses:

  • Biblical Studies (1 course).
  • Courses: RLGN 1102 or 1103 (if not taken for the Core Curriculum), 2110, 2111, 2120, 2121, 3110-3160. Historical Studies (1 course).
  • Courses: RLGN 1104 or 1106 (if not taken for the Core Curriculum), 2210-2230, 3210-3220. Ethics and Theological Studies (1 course).
  • Courses: RLGN 1105, 1107, or 1108 (if not taken for the Core Curriculum), 2310, 3310-3350. Philosophy (1 course).
  • Courses: any of the Philosophy courses, which are listed under Area IV below. Church Leadership and Youth Ministry (4 courses).
  • Courses: RLGN 3510-3560. Internship (1 course).
  • Course: RLGN 3550, scheduled in consultation with the Church Leadership Program Director. Senior Thesis or Project (1 course).
  • Course: RLGN 4620, normally taken in the Fall of the senior year. The student should choose a project director from within the department and work with this director to refine a topic in the semester prior to which the student enrolls for the course. Thus, most students should select a topic and project director by the end of the Spring semester of the junior year.
  • At least two of the courses in Areas I-III must be at the 2000 level or above. In addition, students seeking certification in Christian Education by the United Methodist Church must complete United Methodist Studies (RLGN 3210). Students who do not seek United Methodist certification may choose any Department of Religion and Philosophy course to fulfill the remaining course requirements for the major.