Pastoral Leadership

The Pastoral Leadership concentration is designed for BA in Information Technology students interested in computer systems, with an special emphasis on ethics and social justice. Students will develop advanced skills in public speaking, leadership principles, social justice foundations, and organizational development.

Degree Requirements

The BA in Information Technology with Pastoral Leadership concentration comprises 120 credit hours. Courses in Loyola's college degree completion programs are offered in 8-week evening/weekend sessions. Courses are offered both online and on-campus. 

I. Information Technology Major: 36 credit hours

  • COMP 170: Introduction to Object-Oriented Programming
  • COMP 251: Introduction to Database Systems
  • COMP 305: Database Administration
  • COMP 3XX: Data Processing, Analysis, and Visualization
  • COMP 3XX: Introduction to Web Application Development
  • COMP 317: Social, Legal, and Ethical Issues in Computing
  • CPST 250: Foundations of Organizations
  • CPST 310: Accounting Principles and Applications
  • ECON 201: Principles of Economics: Introduction to Microeconomics
  • STAT 103: Statistics

Requirements and Systems Analysis (choose one of the following):

  • COMP 320: Software Systems Analysis
  • INFS 347: Systems Analysis and Design
  • ISOM 393: Requirements Analysis & Communication

Project management (choose one of the following):

  • CPST 349: Project Management
  • COMP 3XX: IT Project Management

II. SCPS Common Curriculum: 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: Conflict Management and Communication
  • IPS 570: Introduction to Theology and Ministry

Choose three of the following courses*:

  • IPS 610: Foundations of Social Justice
  • 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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