YLST/CFST/ICST/PLST 102 • Introduction to Intercultural Studies (2 units)
Prerequisite: NT 101C, OT 201C. An introduction to the basic elements of intercultural communication and service. Course content will compare and contrast the cognitive processes, linguistic forms, and behavioral patterns within diverse cultural contexts. The student will integrate theory with practice in order to communicate effectively a holistic gospel.

YLST 291, 292, 293 • Special Topic (1, 2, 3 units)
Study of a special topic in youth leadership. May be repeated for credit.

YLST/CFST/ICST 305 • Evangelism (3 units)
A study of the nature, scope, and imperatives of evangelism in the church. Scriptural mandates and models for evangelism are examined, and personal skills in evangelism are developed.

YLST/CFST/PSYC 320 • Developmental Psychology (3 units)
Prerequisite: PSYC 103C. Explores human development through the biological, behavioral, cognitive, sociocultural, and spiritual perspectives in a lifespan approach (from conception through death). The course is recommended early in the major.

YLST/PSYC 321 • Adolescent Psychology (3 units)
Prerequisite: PSYC 103C. Studies the period of life from puberty to the emergence from the teens, emphasizing the physical, mental, emotional, social, spiritual, and personality development of the individual. Diversity issues are considered.

YLST/CFST 324 • Introduction to Youth Ministry (2 units)
A development of a theology and philosophy of youth ministry with attention given to the developmental needs of adolescents as well as the character and cultivation of the youth minister.

YLST/CFST 345 • Camp Leadership (3 units)
The study of the organization and direction of various camping and recreational situations. Leadership principles are integrated into a working model of recreation and camping for both Christian and secular fields of employment.

YLST/CFST 350 • Christian Family Development (3 units)
Prerequisite: CFST 102 or permission of the instructor. A study of the Christian family, including marriage, child training and discipline; the relationship between the home and the church in Christian education; and the development of a family-oriented church ministry.

YLST 422 • Preaching and Teaching in Youth Context (2 units)
Prerequisite: PLST 314 and 324. A study of how the gospel is communicated to adolescents. Attention will be paid to speaking to youth in large and small group settings and the need to contextualize communication in the youth culture. Talks to youth groups during the semester will be given and evaluated.

YLST/PLST/CFST 426 • Small Group Ministry (3 units)
A study of group dynamics within the context of local congregational mission and ministry. Issues in design and implementation of small group programming also are explored.

YLST/CFST/PLST 430 • Management in Christian Organizations (3 units)
Prerequisite: PLST 310. Exploring effective management from a systems perspective that examines the internal processes of a learning organization as well as its relationship with the environment. Selected topics will also include recruitment and training of volunteers, conflict management, team building, planning and financial management, and legal issues.

YLST 432 • Care and Counsel of Youth (2 units)
Prerequisite: PLST 312 and 324. An examination of psychological, cultural and developmental obstacles encountered by young people and a review of the methodologies, principles, and strategies for counseling youth.

YLST 455 • Current Issues in Youth Ministry (3 units)
An exploration of adolescent development, culture, and socialization as an integration point for effective youth ministry. Discussion of current issues in youth ministry will serve to provide students with foundations necessary for contemporary youth ministry.

YLST 460 • Practicum (1-3 units)
Prerequisite: Approval of the division chair. A learning experience which integrates classroom theory with practice through assigned responsibilities in local churches, mission fields, or other appropriate ministries under supervision by both the on-scene administrator and the religion faculty member. May be repeated for credit. Note: Application forms are available in the Division of Religion office.

YLST/CFST/ICST/PLST 461 • Integrative Field Studies (3 units)
Prerequisite: PLST 310, PLST 312, and PLST 314. A course designed to integrate theory with guided field experience in the student’s chosen field. The intent is to reflect theologically in a ministry setting with special attention given to examining one’s spiritual gifts, calling, identity, and preparation.

YLST 470 • Special Topic (1-3 units)
Prerequisite: Consent of the instructor. Study of a special topic in youth leadership. May be repeated for credit.

YLST 480 • Individual Studies (1-3 units)
Prerequisite: Consent of the instructor and division chair. May be repeated for credit.

YLST 490 • Seminar in Youth Leadership Studies (3 units)
Prerequisite: Consent of the instructor. Mutual investigation of one topic in youth leadership studies of particular relevance to upper division religion majors. May be repeated for credit.

* This information is provided for ease of use, however it is not the official record. See the academic catalog for official course descriptions and requirements.