Nonprofit Leadership Program
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.
Nonprofit Leadership Minor
Nonprofit Administration Undergraduate Certificate
POLS 200. Introduction to the Nonprofit Sector. 3 Credits.
Historically, nonprofit institutions have filled the gaps in commerce left by government and the for-profit organizations, with the intention of serving populations with special needs. The range of nonprofit services are far reaching, serving groups with diverse public purpose such as charitable organizations, religious institutions, museums, professional associations, and philanthropic foundations. This course will introduce and examine how nonprofits operate, the various roles they play on the local, national, and international levels, and the structures and processes of organizational governance. The course will utilize readings, class discussion, and written assignments to expand awareness of the scope and number of nonprofits in the US, examine the inner working of the nonprofit sector, and give the student a foundation for further study of these topics. The College of Arts and Sciences is deleting the course from their curriculum independently of this action. F,S.
POLS 361. Nonprofit Management (Undergrad). 3 Credits.
This course is an overview of the management of nonprofit organizations. Content includes the history and legal foundation of nonprofits, leadership, marketing, management of employees and volunteers, and operations management. F, even years.
POLS 450. Capstone Experience and Development. 3 Credits.
The capstone experience and development is intended to serve as a culminating experience in the Nonprofit Leadership Program. The course encourages students to draw on courses and co-curricular experiences throughout the curriculum to create and develop a portfolio. This course will prepare students to use skills they have developed through the program to develop a community project that addresses social issues within our community. At the conclusion of this course, students with have demonstrated skills commensurate with the core competencies and displayed a level of knowledge necessary for effectively managing a nonprofit organization as a competent leaders. Prerequisite: POLS 200. S.
For information on the minor and aid in selecting courses, or to declare a Leadership Minor, visit the Nistler CoBPA Office of Academic Advisement in Gamble Hall 127.