Youth & Sustainable Development:

Why Choose Youth & Sustainable Development?

A career in youth and sustainable development would help you to work with youth, their community, parents, and schools to help youth reach their full potential and to ensure their development and well-being are being addressed. Development programs aimed at at-risk youth will be studied, as well as the church’s role in these programs. Emphasis is placed on finding biblical solutions to real life secular problems. This concentration explores the biblical and theological foundations for the church's moral and social engagement in the local community and prepares you as an agent of change.

The advanced standing one-year program requires 30–35 credits of coursework and at least 300 hours of internship.
This alternative will allow students to finish their MSCID in one year, provided they have taken certain courses of similar content during their undergraduate years in college.

DSRE 608 (2-3cr) - Youth & Young Adults in Contemporary Culture
A study of current developments in youth culture and the influence of youth culture on young people both in the church and the community. Students formulate a strategic response relevant to Seventh-Day Adventist ministry to youth.

DSRE 626 (2cr) - Ministry to At-Risk Youth
This course addresses the theory, practice and application of helping skills to at-risk youth. Emphasis is placed on biblical solutions to real life secular problems. Students will experience and develop effective social skills to work with at-risk youth, focusing on prevention, redirection and restoration skills.

DSRE 564 (3cr) - Advanced Youth and Young Adult Ministry Leadership
Application of biblical principles of youth ministry leadership to the concrete issues and settings of contemporary youth ministry. Treats topics such as: small groups for youth; sexuality and dating; music; programming.

DSRE 636 (3cr) - Seminar in Youth Ministry
Formulation of a comprehensive ministry for a specific age group, culture, situation or approach (e.g. campus chaplaincy, childhood, adolescence, young adult, African American, Hispanic, youth evangelism, visionary leadership).

DSRE 678 (2cr) - Spiritual Nature of Children
Examines the spiritual needs of children and young adolescents in light of their physical, social, emotional, and mental development. Considers the nurturing roles of parents and teachers in the church and day school. Practicum activity required. 

CHMN 553 (2cr) - The Church and Social Issues
This course explores the biblical and theological foundations for the church's moral and social engagement in the local community. It combines academic theory and praxis with a biblically-informed perspective on contemporary society, and equips students with the tools required for their responsible involvement in society as prophetic change agents.

CHMN 574 (2cr) - Perspectives in Church Marketing
A survey of cutting-edge marketing principles used in the accomplishment of the church's mission, including programs intended to attract and serve current and prospective church members. Topics include selecting and understanding target audiences, strategic marketing planning, developing and branding church programs, promotion strategies, fund raising, attracting volunteers, and evaluating program effectiveness.

CHMN 523 (2cr) - Innovative Evangelism
Seeks to stimulate new ideas for evangelizing population groups that may be difficult to reach with more traditional methods, as well as broadening the means by which people might be attracted to the gospel. This may involve a review  of unique approaches that have been tried by others as well as the development of original plans by students.

CHMN 656 (2-3cr) - Holistic Small Groups
A thorough examination of Affinity Groups/Free Market Groups showing their effectiveness and a purpose in church ministry. Also explores the key principles of Holistic Small Groups, a major factor of Natural Church Development, as well as the importance of developing an effective equipping system to grow disciples into disciple-makers.

SOCI 510 (3cr) - Gender Roles in Contemporary Society
Significant issues related primary to the concerns of women as members of American society, but also in cross-cultural perspective. Includes such topics as socialization in sex roles, women in the professions, women in minority groups, the feminization of poverty, and women and substance abuse and crime.

SOCI 515 (3cr) - Racial and Ethnic Relations
A study of the distinctive racial and cultural minorities in American society with an emphasis on problems and adjustments within the larger society.

CIDS 550 (3cr) - Education for Sustainable Development
Provides an overview of education for sustainability. Focuses on international projects and organizations that address education for sustainable development. Explores education as a means to address development issues such as social justice, poverty, food security, globalization, etc. Covers different educational approaches and models that ensure a health environment, vibrant community, and equitable society.

CIDS 580 (1-2cr) - Organizational & Community Leadership
Focus on leadership theories and strategies. Students develop the capacity to apply these theories and strategies adaptively in leadership situation within organizational and community context. Students explore how leadership styles, communication, planning, organizing, decision making, and marketing impact organizational and community change.

CIDS 590 (3cr)- Issues in Gender and Development
Familiarizes students with the main analytic debates in the field of gender and development. Institutional domains (households, family and kinship, the market, the community, and the state) through which gender relations are both defined and transformed receive separate attention. An introductory survey of conceptual approaches to gender is followed by a treatment of central topics which include: the move from WID (women in development) to GAD (gender and development) as critical perspectives in development studies, conceptual approaches to households, men and masculinity in development, globalization and women's employment, gender, state and governance, women's movements and the state-civil society relations, gender, conflict and post conflict, and an appraisal of prospects for gender-aware planning and empowerment.

SOWK 660 (3cr) - Advanced Practice Evaluation

Prepares students to examine their own practice’s quality. Attention given to selecting appropriate measurement tools. The latest evaluation techniques are presented, offering students resources for 21st-century practice.