Congregational Leadership Minor

The minor in Congregational Leadership is designed for clergy, administrators or others aspiring to holding leadership positions in religious or spiritual organizations.  It offers courses on the managerial, financial and governance issues of nonprofit religious organizations as well as courses to broaden the congregational leader’s religious and spiritual perspective.

This minor is available to students enrolled in Old Westbury undergraduate degree programs and is particularly suited to students seeking the B.A. in Philosophy and Religion offered by the History & Philosophy Department or the B.P.S. in Professional Studies offered by the School of Professional Studies.  

Students who complete the Congregational Leadership minor in conjunction with either B.A. in Philosophy and Religion or the B.P.S. in Professional Studies will be eligible to transfer 12 credits toward the New York Theological Seminary’s M.A. in Religious Leadership and Administration or its M.Div. degree programs.

Requirements

Students are required to take 20 credits by completing five of the following courses.

A. Professional Skills: Two courses (8 credits)
PS3625
Nonprofit Stewardship and Development
4 credits
PS4650
Financial Administration of Nonprofits
4 credits
B. Religious Knowledge: Two courses (8 credits)
HI2155
Introduction to Comparative Religion
4 credits
HI3200
Contemporary Religious Experience
4 credits
HI3950  Philosophy of Religion 4 credits
C. Electives: One Course (4 credits)
PS3675 Introduction to Social Entrepreneurship 4 credits
PS4660
Business Leadership and Ethics
4 credits
HI1010
World Religions – West
4 credits 
HI1020
World Religions – East
4 credits
HI3091
Foundations of Judeo-Christian Tradition
4 credits
HI3130
The Black Church in America
4 credits
HI3323
Buddhism
4 credits
HI3950
Philosophy of Religion
4 credits
HI3704
African Religions and Philosophy
4 credits
HI3752
Ethics
4 credits
HI4305
Islam and the Quran
4 credits