Theology and Christian Leadership

Bachelor of Arts

Students in Theology and Christian Leadership examine connections between belief and practice in everyday life. They help organizations put values into action and study the role of faith in society.

Combining classes in religion with electives in psychology, sociology, music, multimedia, and more, the program in Theology and Christian Leadership equips students to design a major or minor appropriate for their interests and career goals.

The Curriculum

The program in Theology and Christian Leadership equips students to design a major or minor appropriate for their interests and career goals.

Students begin by selecting their area of specialization:

  • Children, Youth, and Family Ministry
  • Not for Profit & Social Sector
  • Spirituality and the Arts

Two key features define every major and minor experience: 1) an internship with an organization that will allow the student to develop themselves as leaders and 2) a seminar of 4-8 students to integrate experiences in the classroom and on internship into their self-understanding as leaders.

Emphasis Areas


Offered as a major (BA) and a minor.

Recommended Minors

Want to add even more value to your degree? Consider one of these minors to gain a unique combination of skills and perspectives.

The Experience

Even if someone is not choosing a life of ministry as clergy, having the opportunity to study and learn about the different religions and the theologies behind them also helps us become better equipped to engage in meaningful conversations respectfully with those of various beliefs. It’s also useful knowledge to have for those entering fields that have direct contact with individuals and address their mental, physical, emotional or social needs.

Mary Ann Harrison '24
Theology and Christian Leadership Major, Children, Youth, and Family Emphasis

I absolutely love seeing different interpretations of religion because it really forces you to become open-minded. When I first started at Cal Lutheran, I had a very black and white understanding of Christianity, but while being here, it has simply amazed me how religion—not exclusive to Christianity—impacts our experience on earth.

Stephanie Ramos '22
Theology and Christian Leadership and Multimedia Major

Your Future

Since most of our graduates have combined multiple academic fields into their major or minor, they are prepared for a wide variety of careers focused on interpersonal engagement.

Alumni may continue graduate studies related to sexuality, arts, theology or management.

Our alumni work as teachers, counselors, camp directors, non-profit leaders, and pastors.

of Cal Lutheran graduates find a job or enroll in graduate school within nine months

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