Nonprofit Leadership Program
The Nonprofit Leadership Program is a multidisciplinary program within the College of Business & Public Administration. This program is primarily directed toward students who want to acquire skills and enhance their qualifications for service in the nonprofit sector.
Both programs complement any major area of study. The program will develop students' competencies in understanding nonprofit organizations, the role of meeting human needs, and the diversity of groups in society. Students acquire the competencies for this program through coursework as well as hands-on learning through service work in the community and internships with nonprofit organizations.
The Nonprofit Leadership Program is accredited by the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance, a national organization that establishes competencies and affiliates with nonprofit leadership programs in colleges and universities.
Total requirement for a Nonprofit Leadership Minor is 21-credits.
|POLS 200||Introduction to the Nonprofit Sector||3 credits|
|POLS 361||Nonprofit Management||3 credits|
|POLS 450||Capstone Experience and Development||3 credits|
|POLS 480-2||Internship for Nonprofit Leadership||1-3 credits|
|Electives (9 credits):|
|Organizational Electives (3 credits):|
|ESSP 160||Sustainability & Society||3 credits|
|ENTR 316||Entrepreneur Law & Operations||3 credits|
|PSYCH 301||Industrial and Organizational Psychology||3 credits|
|COMM 303||Principles of Public Relations||3 credits|
|COMM 401||Organizational Communication||3 credits|
|Service and Community Electives (3 credits):|
|COMM 102||Communication and the Human Community||3 credits|
|SOC 115||Social Problems||3 credits|
|RHS 200||Helping Skills in Community Services||3 credits|
|COMM 212||Interpersonal Communication||3 credits|
|PSYCH 250||Developmental Psychology||4 credits|
|GEOG 250||Introduction to Geopolitics||3 credits|
|T&L 252||Child Development||3 credits|
|SOC 306||Social Change||3 credits|
|IDS 495||Service and Citizenship||3 credits|
|Diversity Electives (3 credits):|
|RELS 120||Religion in America||3 credits|
|PHIL 120||Introduction to Ethics||3 credits|
|IS 121||Introduction to Indian Studies||3 credits|
|ANTH 171||Introduction to Cultural Anthropology||3 credits|
|WGS 200||Introduction to Gender Studies||3 credits|
|MUSC 203||Music and Culture||3 credits|
|PHIL 215||Contemporary Moral Issues||3 credits|
|RELS 216||Women and Religion||3 credits|
|A&S 225||Introduction to the Study of Women||3 credits|
|WGS 225||The Study of Women||3 credits|
|RHS 250||Contemporary Issues in Rehabilitation||3 credits|
|COUN 250||Dialogue on U.S. Diversity||3 credits|
|SOC 250||Diversity in American Society||3 credits|
|PHIL 251||Ethics in Health Care||3 credits|
|PHIL 252||Ethics in Business and Public Administration||3 credits|
|ANTH 371||Cultural Dynamics||3 credits|
|ANTH 379||Culture Area Studies||3 credits|
|COMM 402||International/ Intercultural Communication||3 credits|
|PSYCH 421||Diversity Psychology||3 credits|
|ANTH 465||Culture, Illness and Health||3 credits|
Note: Students may "double use" courses for the Nonprofit Leadership Program and for their majors or minors.
Total requirement for a Nonprofit Leadership Certificate is 18-credits.
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)
For information on the minor and aid in selecting courses, or to declare a Leadership Minor, visit the CoBPA Office of Academic Advisement in Gamble Hall 127.