Nonprofit Courses

Academic Requirements

The requirements for the minor include the study of management theory and microeconomics, these two courses are provided by the Economics & Business Department. Foundational issues of nonprofit organizations are covered in the minor's introductory course, this course has no prerequisites and may be taken prior to any of the other courses. The first three courses are supplemented with two intermediate level nonprofit courses and the capstone of an internship with a nonprofit organization.


ECB201 Principles of Microeconomics
ECB245 Principles of Management
NPO205 Introduction to Nonprofits
NPO308 Resource Development in Nonprofit Organizations
NPO337 Financial Management in Nonprofit Organizations
NPO425 Internship

Nonprofit Organization Management Course Descriptions:

NPO205 Introduction to Nonprofits (4)
Explores foundational issues related to functions and responsibilities assumed by nonprofit organizations in United States and around the world. Examines mission creation and governance of nonprofit organizations, relationships with government and for-profit sectors, and the unique role of nonprofit organizations in society.

NPO308 Resource Development in Nonprofit Organizations (4)
Examines development of financial and human resources of nonprofit organizations. Considers issues related to alternative funding sources, grantseeking and grant writing, constituent relations, public relations, management of volunteers, functions of governing boards, marketing of services and employee recruitment, training and motivation. Prerequisites: ECB245, NPO205.

NPO337 Financial Management of Nonprofit Organizations (4)
Develops understanding of financial issues of nonprofit organizations, including operational and capital budgeting, financial analysis, cash flow management, endowment growth and investment decision making, program management, financial performance review, and reading and understanding financial reports. Prerequisites: ECB201, NPO205.

NPO425 Internship (4)
Completion of internship with nonprofit organization consisting of 160 hours on the job and in classroom. Internship experience designed to give student exposure to administrative functions of nonprofit organization operating in field related to student’s major area of study. Classroom discussion
sessions and written assignments intended to demonstrate understanding of structure and operation of nonprofit organization and accomplishments of student. Prerequisites: minimum of 16 credits toward completion of minor.

See decriptions of the required courses from the Economics & Business Department.