POLS 200. Introduction to the Nonprofit Sector. 3 credits. An introduction to management and leadership in the nonprofit sector, investigating the history, philosophy, ethics, and organization of nonprofit agencies.Coursework will include introductions on volunteerism, board selection and development, fundraising, the role of a foundation, management and administration, and public relations. The course will combine a review of texts, student research, expert guest lecturers, workshops, and student presentations. (F )
POLS 361. Nonprofit Management 3 credits. Prerequisite: A&S 200. Overview of the management of nonprofit organizations. Content includes history and legal foundation of nonprofits, leadership, management of employees and volunteers, operations management and financial management. (F)
POLS 450. Capstone Experience and Development. 3 credit. Prerequisite: A&S 200.
Students will be asked to develop an integrative paper and complete a competency portfolio conveying what they have learned from the Nonprofit Leadership Program. Students are REQUIRED to attend the Alliance Management Institute (AMI). The Alliance Management Institute is a 3-4 day, intensive national management institute, organized by students from across the country affiliated with the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance, featuring workshops, seminars, and case studies. The institute is held in early January, between the fall and spring semesters. Students are required to raise funds to cover travel expenses and registration fees (app. $800-1,000), or pay their own expenses. Fund raising efforts provide a hands-on learning experience prior to the Institute. (S)
POLS 480-2. Internship for Nonprofit Leadership Program. 1-3 credits. Prerequisite: A&S 200. Intended to be the cumulative application of the Nonprofit Leadership Program competencies for students. The internship is a short-term work experience emphasizing hands-on learning. The internship incorporates education and professional development in a nonprofit agency. (F), (S), (SS)