B.A. Nonprofit Leadership & Management - Course Descriptions

NPL 1250 Nonprofit Organizations and the Voluntary Sector (4)
An overview of the role nonprofit and human service organizations hold in contemporary global society. Primary emphasis will focus on the development, leadership, and administration of human services, community programs, and nonprofit organizations. Topics include needs assessments, program development and planning, case management, organizational structure, and working with diverse populations. Readings and discussions will include the political, social, cultural, and economic impacts including advocacy roles involving scientific, environmental, human services, and human rights issues. This course will include a community service component.

NPL 2750 Volunteerism and Philanthropy (4)
An in-depth understanding of volunteerism and philanthropy is explored through the review of current research, principles for practice and theory from the field of management in relation to volunteer administration and philanthropic studies. Specific subtopics include volunteer administrator as leader and manager, recruiting volunteers, designing a volunteer program, training volunteers, understanding philanthropy, philanthropy in society and strengthening philanthropic practice. Prerequisites: NPL-1250

NPL 3250 Fundraising and Program Evaluation (4)
Fundraising methods, strategies, and techniques are explored. Evaluation concepts, frameworks, and approaches are explained relevant to monitoring the effectiveness of human services, community programs, and nonprofit organizations. Specific topics include fundraising campaigns and events, grant writing, outcome based evaluation, and development of evaluation plans. Prerequisites: NPL-1250

NPL 3300 Counseling and the Helping Professions (4)
Introduction to the practice and field of counseling and related helping professions through an examination of the history and theoretical basis of the field. Topics include the ethical, moral and legal issues of professional practice and the skills and techniques required of a counselor. Students gain skills in applying theories and methods through use of case studies, role playing, simulations, off-campus observations, and other experiential strategies.

NPL 3710 Service Learning Practicum (2)
An exploration and practical application of the human relations skills necessary to strengthen a student's ability for successful career development. The student will identify and develop strategies supporting professional objectives and goals. An internship portfolio, personal self-assessment inventories, a professional resume, and 60 hours of service learning within a student-selected professional environment will be completed. Prerequisites: HRE-and NPL-majors only or permission of instructor

NPL 4110 Undergraduate Research (4)
Undergraduate Research is designed to allow students to develop and practice research methods, such as independent project design, data gathering techniques, data analysis, and report writing, in collaboration with a faculty member. The course will expand on topics covered in the Policy and Research Methodology course. Students must contract with a faculty member to work on an existing research project or to develop a new project, and a specific list of responsibilities must be developed prior to approval. Credit is variable, and depends on the quantity and depth of work. Prerequisites: NPL-4880

NPL 4120 Independent Study (4)
The study of a particular research problem with the permission of the department chair and under the supervision of a faculty member in Nonprofit Leadership and Management. Prerequisites: Permission of instructor

NPL 4710 Internship (4)
Off-campus internship experience for junior and senior nonprofit leadership and management majors. With faculty sponsorship and department approval, students extend their educational experience through internships in diverse settings related to their major studies. Prerequisites: NPL-3710, Nonprofit Leadership and Management major and 20 credit hours in nonprofit leadership and management. Four hours may be counted toward fulfilling major requirements

NPL 4880 Policy and Research Methodology (4)
Policy development, analysis, and implementation are examined within a variety of organizational contexts. Research methods are explored through a practical approach to research and writing in the social sciences. Topics include evaluation of published research, hypothesis development and testing, data collection and analysis, and the writing of a major research report. Emphasis will be placed on the use of empirical evidence in policy creation and writing. Research projects will be formally presented to the public through the Human Relations, Sociology, and Nonprofit Senior Symposium. Prerequisites: Nonprofit Leadership and Management major and 20 credits in nonprofit leadership and management