Curriculum Supplements

Center for Contextual Leadership

Concordia's Center for Contextual Leadership (C4CL) is suite of degree programs with a common emphasis: training leaders for vocation and ministry in the widest possible range of career choices. The program seeks students who want to make a positive impact and real difference in the world, increasing their personal marketability as they develop the confidence to lead through a rigorous and challenging interdisciplinary program. Graduates will be rooted in leadership theory, exposed to the nuances of their area of focus, and capable of leading sustainable organizations. C4CL offers a BA in Judeo-Christian Heritage, a BS in Business, a minor in Spanish, and an MS in Leadership.

Undergraduate students in the program can follow C4CL’s 5-year bachelor’s/master’s curriculum; alternatively, students can be enrolled in any of Concordia’s undergraduate majors, with the understanding that their bachelor-level study will be accelerated so that they will be able to complete both their bachelor’s degree and Master of Leadership within five years.

College graduates can earn a stand-alone Master of Leadership through C4CL, which includes a three-course sequence in any of Concordia’s master’s degree programs to tailor the degree to the student’s individual interests or career needs. All C4CL students benefit from classes and independent study with senior Concordia College leaders who have deep, real-world experience in business, non-profit and education sectors – an opportunity unique to our small school environment. Intensive internships will make students job market-ready in their chosen field.

Pre-Medical, Pre-Physical Therapy

Dr. Molinda Kearns is the advisor for students interested in careers in the health-related sciences. Advisement on courses to take and admission requirements for graduate-level programs is available. Students wishing to focus on Health and Medicine or Ecology areas may select from either or both areas in meeting their BIO electives program.

Health and Medicine Related Areas
BIO 3023
BIO 4053
BIO 4083


The Theology faculty sponsors a four-year Pre-Seminary program for those students who wish to take their Bachelor of Arts degree at Concordia. Seminary training for The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod is offered at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, MO and at Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, IN. The Theology faculty also sponsors a four-year pre-deaconess program for students who wish to pursue deaconate studies and service in the church. Students of other Christian denominations are also welcome to participate in Concordia’s Pre-Seminary program. Students taking this program should complete all requirements for the Biblical Languages or Theology Areas of Study in the Liberal Studies Program. Students should consult the Catalog for requirements in these areas.

Pre-seminary students may qualify to participate in overseas programs including study at Westfield House, Cambridge University, UK, or other exchange programs sponsored by the College. The Theology faculty encourages other participation to prepare students for graduate training. These include, but are not restricted to:

  • involvement as lector, communion assistant, or other leadership roles in daily chapel services at Concordia;
  • special events, e.g. retreats, held for students in the program; and
  • visits to Synodical seminaries, which may coincide with theological symposia or other appropriate events.

Lutheran Teacher Colloquy

Teachers in Lutheran schools who are members of The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod congregations may prepare themselves for entrance into the teaching ministry of LCMS by taking courses in the Lutheran Teacher Colloquy Program. Colloquy candidates must complete a program of online courses through the Concordia University Education Network (CUEnet). Program requires the completion of a written and oral examination at the end of the candidate’s studies. Anyone desiring information about the colloquy program should contact the director of colloquy studies at Concordia or CUEnet at


Concordia Fellows are talented students and leaders. Approximately seven students are admitted to the Fellows Program each year. Fellows are eligible for scholarships and are channeled into a special group and individualized program upon matriculation. While taking a minimum of 18 credits per semester, Concordia Fellows participate in at least four one-credit Honors Seminars during their college career and must use their talents for the benefit of others in a three-credit Service Learning Project. Fellows are allowed to take up to 21 credit hours per semester without an overload fee.

Fellows also participate in a broader Fellows community led by the Fellows Director. There are special activities on- and off-campus throughout the year, including a Fellows Colloquy with guest speakers, field trips, and social events. In their Senior year, Fellows contribute to PTHEude, the Fellows academic journal. Fellows diplomas will be awarded at Commencement to those students with a grade point average of 3.5 or higher, who have completed the Fellows Curriculum. Incoming first-year, as well as matriculated first-year and Sophomores, may apply to the Fellows Director for admission to the program. Each student must maintain a cumulative and semester grade point average of at least 3.5 to continue in the program. Details of the program are available from the Program Director.