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Nonprofit Studies

The minor in nonprofit studies is a program designed to prepare students for careers in management in the nonprofit sector, especially with agencies working with youth and social services. The nonprofit sector is growing by leaps and bounds, and the need for highly prepared professionals to lead nonprofits is also soaring. As government funding and programs are cut, there has been increased community dependence on nonprofits, more nonprofit involvement with vulnerable populations, and limited time and resources available to recruit qualified, new employees, particularly African Americans and Latinos.


The minor in nonprofit studies consists of 21 hours of directed study, including one core course, POLS 2120 The Nonprofit Sector, one course in nonprofit financial and fundraising management, POLS 2121, one course in organizational theory, one course in community and social issues, one course in management and one course in leadership from the following list. Students also will be required to complete an internship with a nonprofit organization. Student may apply a maximum of 6 credits from their major to the nonprofit studies minor (exclusive of internship experience).

Required Courses
POLS 2120 The Nonprofit Sector
POLS 2121 Financial and Fundraising Management in Nonprofit Organizations

Organizational Theory NUTH 4114 Leadership, Management and Trends in Nursing
PSYC 1216 Industrial/Organizational Psychology
SOCI 2314 Formal Organizations (POLS 2115) Theories of Organization: The Bureaucratic Phenomenon
SOWK 1111 Introduction to Social Work

BMKT 2601 Introduction to Marketing
BMGT 2501 Principles of Management
BITM 2701 Management Information Systems
COPA 2512 Public Relations I

Community and Social Issues
AFAM 3311 Public Institutions and the African American
AFAM 2313 (POLS 2313) Black Politics
IDNS 2001 Women and Health
NUTH 4115 Community Health Perspectives
PSYC 1212 Child Psychology
PSYC 1213 Adolescent Psychology
PSYC 2216 Social Psychology
SOCI 2513 (WMST 2513) Social Inequality
SOWK 1311 Children and Youth in Society
SOWK 1911 Introduction to Gerontology
WMST 1401 Women, Culture and Society

Leadership Elective
DIPL 3101 Concepts of Leadership
PHIL 1125 Business Ethics
RELS 2520  (CAST 2520) Catholic Social Teaching Internships
POLS 2516 Nonprofit Practicum I

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