Nonprofit Studies

For questions or to declare the minor, please contact:
Terry Fernsler, Nonprofit Studies Advisor
Office: HBS Bldg., Rm. 2071
235 Martin Luther King, Jr. Way

Working in the nonprofit sector opens doors in multiple arenas:

  • Arts & Humanities
  • Community development
  • Environment
  • Education
  • Health
  • Social welfare

The Nonprofit Studies minor is designed for students from a variety of majors interested in working in the nonprofit sector. The Nonprofit Studies minor provides students with grounding in the skills and perspectives necessary to work in one of the 1.6 million nonprofit organizations in the US today. You will participate in an experience that emphasizes the critical role of the nonprofit sector in 21st Century Society through in-depth study, research and an internship.

Distinguishing Features

Faculty are drawn from academics and practitioners who are well grounded in current nonprofit practice and issues

  • Faculty use a variety of innovative and experiential approaches to enhance learning
  • Guest speakers, field trips and community service opportunities familiarize you with a wide variety of nonprofit settings
  • Supervised Internship under an experienced nonprofit professional in your major discipline
  • Capstone seminar providing an understanding of the catalytic role nonprofits can play in civil society through collaborative efforts
  • Exposure to national and regional professional organizations
  • Housed in the Department of Social Work

Course of Study

In conjunction with your major advisor and the Nonprofit Studies advisor you will select a Major Elective and a supporting elective.

The core courses of the Nonprofit Studies (NPS) minor are:

  • NPS 300 Introduction to Nonprofits 3 credits
    (Prerequisites: sophomore standing with a declared major)
  • NPS 320 Nonprofit Management 3 credits
    (Prerequisite: NPS 300)
  • NPS 400 Internship/Practicum in Nonprofit Studies 4 credits
    (Prerequisites: NPS 300 & the major elective)
  • NPS 450 Nonprofit Studies Capstone Seminar 3 credits
    (Prerequisites: NPS 300, 320, 400 & major elective)
  • Major Elective (a course supporting the student’s major 3 credits or related field of study to be determined in consultation with Nonprofit Studies adviser)
  • Elective (to be determined in consultation with Nonprofit 3 credits Studies adviser)
    TOTAL 19 credits

For information about specific courses that fulfill requirements for the Nonprofit Studies minor, please go to the James Madison University undergraduate catalog and put Nonprofit Studies in the search box.

Internship Information