The goal of this concentration’s interdisciplinary curriculum is to help persons understand the role of nonprofit in society and to prepare them to organize, develop, and administer nonprofit organizations. Nonprofit organizations include educational, scientific, religious, and other charitable organizations as well as private foundations, community-based organizations, professional and fraternal associations, and civic and social organizations. The guidelines are designed to serve persons who have worked, or who want to work, within the nonprofit sector as employees, or have served in the community as volunteers. They will want to learn how nonprofit organizations serve the community, to learn about their operation, and their constituencies, and to improve or develop administrative skills in order to work in the nonprofit sector. Persons who wish to enter the nonprofit sector or make a career change will also be served by these guidelines. Graduates of the program will likely enter such careers as communications director, volunteer director, or program director for a nonprofit agency. This curriculum can also prepare for graduate study in master’s degree programs in the fields of public administration, applied anthropology, business administration and social work.
General Education (35-41 hours)
See University General Education Program for the University General Education Program requirements. Students who have completed one year of American History in high school are exempted from the six credit-hour History General Education Program requirement; otherwise, students will have to meet the History requirement.
Coordinated Study (60 hours)
Many upper-division (3000/4000-level) courses have prerequisites that must be met prior to being permitted to register for those courses. You are responsible for knowing and satisfying all course prerequisites. Some (not all) prerequisites are listed below. For specific information about courses and the prerequisites they may have, please view course descriptions at: Course Descriptions
Many courses also require permits from the department that teaches the course. For example, SWRK and CJUS courses will always need permits from those respective departments. College of Professional & Liberal Studies staff cannot issue permits for courses taught in other departments. ALL 3000/4000 level classes taught by the College of Business (ACCT, ECON, FIR, MGMT, MKTG) require a permit; students must request a permit online at: https://fcbeacad.memphis.edu/permits/
Historical Context (3 hours)
Social, Political, Economic Context (6 hours)
Choose 2 courses from at least two different disciplines:
Nonprofit Work Setting (3 hours)
Skills for Administration & Community Development (21 Hours)
Marketing & Fund-raising (3 hours)
Human Resources (3 hours)
Program Evaluation (3 hours)
Legal Environment (3 hours)
Computer Use & Technology (3 hours)
College Requirements (9 hours)
Thematic Studies (6 hours)
College of Professional & Liberal Studies thematic studies course(s) are designed to broaden a student’s knowledge of significant themes in social, political, and religious history. Review a complete list of courses: https://www.memphis.edu/cpls/resources/thematic_studies.php
Senior Project (3 hours)
The senior project is a student’s culminating experience or capstone designed to synthesize and integrate the content of a student’s program of study. The senior project is intended to fuse the two or more academic areas that comprise the student’s coordinated study (major) into an academically-relevant example of scholarship. Students will complete a thesis, task-based, or artistic project on a topic of their choice with approval of their senior project instructor. The senior project is completed during a student’s final semester. Students will be assigned to a specific section based on their concentration.
General Electives (6-12 hours)
May be chosen to bring the total number of hours to 120 with a minimum of 42 upper-division hours.