Nonprofit Studies Degree Option
The Nonprofit Studies Degree Option integrates theory and research regarding organizational development; analyzes the social, cultural, economic and creative foundations of cultural management and policy; introduces the history, philosophy, organization, administration and practice of nonprofit organizations; and provides an overview of the best practices, systems and management principles underlying successful fundraising programs. This option requires students to develop a project during the internship. Students produce a demonstrable example of expertise and interest, such as a personnel manual, strategic plan or annual fund development plan.
Nonprofit Studies Student Learning Objectives
Students pursing the Nonprofit Studies Option will be able to:
- Demonstrate leadership skills and knowledge in topics such as management of human resources (both paid and volunteer), fundraising, program evaluation, fiscal management and governance in nonprofit organizations;
- Design projects, programs and/or policies that address community issues;
- Negotiate the inevitable political and economic realities of providing social benefit to communities;
- Create outcome-based logic models that are required for foundation funding, with a special emphasis on the local/regional level.
Nonprofit Studies Option Requirements
The following are the minimum requirements for students completing the Nonprofit Studies Option of the MAIS program:
- TIAS 501 - Models and Critical Inquiry (5 credits)
- TIAS 502 - Culture and Public Problems (5 credits)
- TIAS 503 - Evidence and Action (5 credits)
- TIAS 504 - Values and Action (5 credits)
- TIAS 513 - Graduate Research and Writing (5 credits)
Two of the following (10 credits total):
- TNPRFT 532 - Organizational Development (5 credits)
- TNPRFT 551 - Grant Writing and Fundraising (5 credits)
- TNPRFT 553 - Nonprofit Financial Literacy (5 credits)
- TNPRFT 555 - Philanthropy and Social Change
- TIAS 548 - Cultural Administration and Policy (5 credits)
Electives (10 credits)
10 credits of nonprofit electives to be determined in conjunction with your Nonprofit Studies committee.
Courses may be supportive of student research projects or theses.
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