There are currently over one million registered nonprofit organizations in the United States. While each organization may attract individuals with particular interests and expertise, these agencies also need leaders with consistent abilities in oral and written communication, critical thinking, problem solving, organization, and public advocacy within the corporate and governmental spheres.

The Philanthropic Leadership and Service Minor

The minor in Philanthropic Leadership and Service further develops these core competencies while introducing students to the range of issues facing our communities. Students working in the minor will demonstrate that they have gone beyond volunteering at local organizations to thinking about how they can best continue contributing to these organizations in a long-term and professional capacity. Finally, the minor gives students seeking degrees in other fields an opportunity to develop and to pursue their passion for service in a thoughtful and rigorous fashion.

A minimum of 18 credit hours is required for the minor in philanthropic leadership and service. Specific requirements are listed below. Recommended courses for specific areas of focus follow.

Required Courses 6 credits
GS 220 Contemporary Issues in Philanthropy and Service 3 credits
ENGL 396 Traditions of Giving and Serving in American Life 3 credits
Elective Courses 12 credits 
Twelve credits from the following options:
COMM 265 Public Relations Principles 3 credits
COMM 362 Communication Cases and Campaigns 3 credits
COMM 363 Public Relations: Agency Perspective 3 credits
COMM 364 Public Relations: Social and Digital Relationships 3 credits
ENGL 300 Introduction to Professional Writing 3 credits
FLS 308 Spanish for Service Professionals 3 credits
LS 420 Senior Seminar in the Social Sciences 3 credits
MGT 304 Management and Organizational Behavior 3 credits
MGT 315 Leadership and Interpersonal Skills 3 credits
NUR 212 Introduction to Community-Based Nursing and Health Promotion 3 credits
PHIL 125 The Good Life 3 credits
SOCW 210 Social Welfare: Policy and Services 3 credits
SOC 275 Systems of Social Stratification 3 credits
THEO 332 Christian Theology and the Moral Life 3 credits
Note: No more than two courses (six credits) may be taken from any one department.

Within this set of courses, students may choose to develop a focus area that addresses their specific interest in the nonprofit sector, although such focus areas are not required to complete the minor. Some sample focus areas and possible courses are listed below, but keep in mind that no more than two courses may be taken from any one department:

For students interested in marketing and public relations
COMM 265 Public Relations Principles 3 credits
COMM 362 Communication Cases and Campaigns 3 credits
COMM 363 Public Relations: Agency Perspective 3 credits
COMM 364 Public Relations: Social and Digital Relationships 3 credits
ENGL 300 Introduction to Professional Writing 3 credits
LS 420 Senior Seminar in the Social Sciences 3 credits

For students interested in service and philanthropy related to the health or social-work professions
FLS 308 Spanish for Service Professionals 3 credits
NUR 212 Introduction to Community-Based Nursing and Health Promotion 3 credits
Note: the course below is missing from the overall list of available electives above (info from 2015-16 UG catalog, p. 359).
NUR 418 Global Health Issues 3 credits
SOCW 210 Social Welfare: Policy and Services 3 credits
SOC 275 Systems of Social Stratification 3 credits
LS 420 Senior Seminar in the Social Sciences 3 credits

For students interested in graduate work in philanthropic studies
ENGL 300 Introduction to Professional Writing 3 credits
PHIL 125 The Good Life 3 credits
THEO 332 Christian Theology and the Moral Life 3 credits
LS 420 Senior Seminar in the Social Sciences 3 credits

For students interested in pursuing service in an executive capacity
COMM 363 Public Relations: Agency Perspective 3 credits
ENGL 300 Introduction to Professional Writing 3 credits
LS 420 Senior Seminar in the Social Sciences 3 credits
MGT 304 Management and Organizational Behavior 3 credits
MGT 315 Leadership and Interpersonal Skills 3 credits



Administrative Committee

Martin Buinicki
Associate Professor of English and Walter G. Friedrich Professor of American Literature
Tel: 219.464.5320
Email: Martin.Buinicki@valpo.edu