Roanoke College

Parish Youth Leadership


Why study Parish Youth Leadership at Roanoke College?

Many RC students are interested in, or already active in, youth ministry and want to pursue it after graduation, either as their main calling or as a part-time ministry. The Concentration in Parish Youth Leadership equips students for working with youth in a faith-based setting.

Targeted By zeroing in on the specific challenges and goals of youth ministry, students are ready to take an active approach in guiding youth in questions of faith.  

Interdisciplinary With coursework that draws from both humanities and social sciences, the concentration makes a strong pairing with a major in many disciplines, such as Religious Studies, Christian Studies or Psychology.

Relationships At Roanoke, students work one-on-one with professors, several of whom are renowned Christian theologians, as well as with youth pastors in the field. Students have the opportunity to experience an internship in parish youth leadership. In addition, students can broaden their experiences through travel courses, international service opportunities, study abroad and independent research.

What's next?
This concentration specifically prepares students to serve as youth leaders in a church or community setting. Students may also find this concentration helpful for more general careers in ministry, counseling, social work, education, mission work, community leadership and more.

Option: Semester Abroad in Slovakia

Through a special relationship with the University of Žilina in Slovakia, near Poland, Germany, Austria and the Czech Republic, Roanoke College students can take four of the required courses plus an internship in one semester in English.

This semester abroad is very economical. Your Roanoke College tuition covers tuition at Zilina, and your scholarships and grants apply. What you normally pay at Roanoke College for room, board and fees will more than cover costs of travel, room and board in Slovakia.

Semester Abroad in Slovakia brochure

For more information contact:
Dr. Paul Hinlicky 
West 305

Concentration requirements

Requires seven units passed with an average of 2.00 or above from those listed below:

RELG 225 The Religious Life of Young Adults
RELG 416 Internship
PSYC 101 Introduction to Psychology
PSYC 211 Adolescent Development

One of:
RELG 102 Christian Faith and Life or
RELG 317 Systematic Theology

One of:
RELG 111 The Hebrew Scriptures or
RELG 112 New Testament

One of:
RELG 240 Religious Interpretation of Film or
RELG 250 New Religions in America or
RELG 220 Christian Ethics