Youth leadership studies support the mission of the Department of Religion with the study of church mission in relation to the formation of youth leaders. In addition to selected studies in biblical literature, theology, ethics and church history, students engage in disciplined theological reflection on youth ministry skills and field experiences to bridge theory and practice in anticipated areas of vocational, church staff, and volunteer ministries.

To equip future youth leaders more effectively, a variety of courses and workshops are available through the Strategic Youth Alliance, a joint partnership of Vanguard University of Southern California, the Southern California District Assemblies of God Youth Ministries, and the National Institute of Youth Ministries.

Youth Leadership Studies Concentration Requirements

32 units

YLST 102 Introduction to Intercultural Studies 2 units
YLST 324 Introduction to Youth Ministry 2 units
YLST 422 Preaching and Teaching in Youth Context 2 units
YLST 432 Care and Counsel of Youth 2 units
or Elective    
YLST 430 Management in Christian Organizations 3 units
YLST 461 Integrative Field Studies 3 units
Upper Division OT/NT/BINT Elective 3 units
CHIS Elective   3 units
Upper Division NT Elective 3 units
Upper Division OT Elective 3 units
Upper Division PHIL/THEO Electives 6 units

SOCS/MATH 265C is recommended for the core curriculum requirement in mathematics. One course in a biblical language and PLST 406 are recommended as electives.