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Loyola University Chicago

School of Continuing and Professional Studies

Pastoral Leadership

BA in Applied Psychology

The Pastoral Leadership concentration is designed for BA in Applied Psychology students interested in leadership, ministry, social justice and personality psychology. Students will be trained in effective oral communication, conflict management, social justice principles, leadership and ministry. This degree is ideal for those seeking a profession in ministry leadership.

Requirements

The BA in Applied Psychology with Pastoral Leadership concentration comprises 120 credit hours. Courses in the Business Communication concentration are offered in accelerated, 8-week sessions. All courses are offered in the traditional (in-person) format with several courses also available online.

I. Applied Psychology Major Courses: 36 credit hours

  • CPST 360 Organizational Development and Change
  • CPST 370 Leadership Theories and Applications
  • CPST 380 Leadership, Culture and Ethics
  • PSYC 101 General Psychology
  • PSYC 279 Judgment and Decision-Making
  • PSYC 275 Social Psychology
  • PSYC 304 Statistics
  • PSYC 306 Research Methods
  • PSYC 353 Applied Social Psychology
  • PSYC 356 Consumer Psychology
  • PSYC 362 Industrial/Organizational Psychology
  • PSYC 364 Organizational Psychology

II. SCPS Core: 9 credit hours

  • CPST 200 Introduction to Degree Completion
  • CPST 201 Professional Identity and Development
  • CPST 399 Capstone

III. Pastoral Leadership Concentration

  • PSYC 338: Psychology of Personality
  • COMM 231: Communication and Conflict Management
  • IPS 570: Introduction to Theology and Ministry

Choose three of the following courses*:

  • IPS 610: Social Justice Foundations
  • IPS 620: Diversity and Equity
  • IPS 660: Leadership in Social Justice Organizations
  • IPS 416: Christian Origins: An Exploration of the New Testament
  • IPS 417: Literature of Ancient Israel
  • IPS 402: The Church and Its Mission

* These courses double-count towards your MA in Pastoral Studies curriculum as well.

IV. University Core Requirements

What are employers looking for? Employers say they are looking for a demonstrated capacity in these areas:

  • think critically
  • communicate clearly
  • solve complex problems
  • ethical judgment and integrity
  • intercultural skills
  • the capacity for continued new learning
  • written and oral communication
  • applied knowledge in real-world settings
  • broad knowledge in the liberal arts and sciences

In the University Core you will further develop your skills. Learn more about University Core Requirements.

V. Electives

A total of 120 credits are required for the degree at Loyola University Chicago. Sources of the remaining credits can include courses offered in the SCPS 8-week session schedule or the 16-week semester schedule. Transfer credits (not already used in the major, concentration, or University Core), Prior Learning Assessment, CLEP, DSST, or ACE-evaluated credits (such as your military transcript) can all used to fulfill the remaining elective credit requirements that get you to 120 credits, subject to residency and other requirements.

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