University Catalog 2023-2024

Nonprofit Studies (Minor)

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The interdisciplinary minor in Nonprofit Studies is designed to prepare undergraduate students for careers in the nonprofit sector.  This curriculum provides students with an understanding of the role of the nonprofit sector in society and builds students’ knowledge, skills, and abilities in effective nonprofit leadership. Through multiple service-learning experiences and a nonprofit internship requirement, students are offered a variety of hands-on experiences designed to facilitate an understanding of the issues and challenges faced by nonprofit organizations and prepare students for nonprofit leadership positions in the 21st century. The minor in Nonprofit Studies is a strong complementary course of study for students with majors offered across the NC State campus including Communication, English, History, Political Science, Psychology, Social Work; Parks, Recreation and Tourism; Forestry; Business Management; Art and Design; Education and more. The minor in Nonprofit Studies enables students to explore the interconnections between their chosen field and the nonprofit sector. No courses for the minor may be taken for S/U credit.


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Prior to the end of the first week of the student’s final semester, the student must sign the application form, indicating all grades received for the courses completed in the minor program and any courses to be taken during the student’s final semester. The form must also indicate that the student has completed or is completing the internship and capstone course requirement. The Director of the Institute for Nonprofits, as listed below, will certify the completion of the minor.

Contact Person

William Taylor
Academic Advisor

SIS Code: 16NPM

Plan Requirements

  • Completion of a minimum of 16 credit hours of coursework, including an internship in a nonprofit organization (either departmental or through the Institute for Nonprofits).
  • A grade of ‘C-‘ or better is required in all courses in the minor program.
  • Students must have a minimum overall grade point average of 2.0 to obtain the minor in Nonprofit Studies.
  • A maximum of one (1) course may be used (double-counted) towards both departmental major requirements and minor requirements.
Required Courses
PS 203Introduction to Nonprofits3
COM 466Nonprofit Leadership & Development3
HI 380History of Nonprofits, Philanthropy, and Social Change3
NPS 490Service Learning Internship in Nonprofit Studies3
Or one of the following internship courses:
Communication Internship 1
Professional Internships 1
Internship in Political Science 1
Criminal Justice Field Work 1
Community-Based Applied Psychology 1
Field Seminar 1
NPS 498Capstone Seminar in Nonprofit Studies1
Elective Courses3
Governmental and Nonprofit Accounting
Introduction to Public Relations
Organizational Communication
NGO Nonprofits in a Global Context
Fundamentals of Grant Development for Nonprofits
Global Justice
State and Local Government
Public Policy
Community Relationships
Sociology of Organizations
World Population and Food Prospects
Introduction to Social Work
Social Welfare Policy: Analysis and Advocacy
A relevant course approved by the Director of the Institute for Nonprofits
Total Hours16

Residency requirement: Nine credit hours must be completed at NC State University in order to complete the minor.