Nonprofit Leadership

Degree Type

Bachelor of Science

About

Put your advocacy to work—channel your passion to address issues that matter to you.

Introduction

There are so many challenges facing our world today, but the good news is that there are just as many, if not more, organizations working to solve them. Organizations large and small are coming together to collaborate, innovate, and make space for diverse and creative minds to lead us to a better and brighter future. And where there is need, there is always opportunity to help.

Nonprofit organizations aren’t in it for the money. Instead of pursuing a profit, nonprofit leaders and groups are leading social change, mobilizing voices, and providing a variety of critical services beyond the scope of government.

You can also minor in Nonprofit Management and Youth Development.

Learn how to:

  • Apply knowledge of methods, vocabulary, and concepts of nonprofit leadership
  • Use technology to access, capture, analyze, and report data and literature
  • Understand and apply research methods to social issues and policy discussions
  • Critically analyze nonprofit issues within larger historical and global contexts
  • Demonstrate and apply knowledge and skills to research and community engagement efforts
Students studying

750+ Course Options

The Coppin State University Academic Catalog has a wide variety of skill-building courses designed to inspire and prepare you to be in-demand professionals and transformational leaders.

Advocacy Through Service

We designed our nonprofit leadership program to help you develop knowledge and skills essential to making lasting societal impact in the nonprofit sector. Learn how philanthropy and nonprofit organizations mobilize, lead, and serve communities.

Students have opportunities to get hands-on experience outside the classroom including field trips, observations, our Nonprofit Alliance Program, as well as conferences, meetings, workshops, seminars, and retreats.

Our strong partnerships with local community agencies mean our students have access to advisory leadership, placement opportunities, potential employment, community service, visiting lecturers, and other resources.

There is more information about major requirements in the Program Requirements section on this page.

Nonprofit Leadership Alliance

The Nonprofit Leadership Alliance is a national nonprofit organization that works in conjunction with national partners, and educational institutions to prepare qualified professionals to strengthen the social services workforce and sector. In addition, the Alliance offers the only national nonprofit certification, the Certified Nonprofit Professional (CNP).

The Alliance has partnered with Coppin to make this certification available to students pursuing a major and minor in nonprofit leadership.

Nonprofit Leadership Alliance Club

The Nonprofit Leadership Alliance Club is an opportunity for Coppin students to contribute to the University's longstanding legacy of community development and service. Through the club and related activities, students and graduates can take on and improve issues directly affecting our local, urban communities and the world at large.

Program Requirements

To graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Nonprofit Leadership, students must complete 120 credit hours. These credit hours split between General Education Requirements (GERs), foundation and core courses, as well as electives. Each section explains the range of course offerings and requirements.

Core Courses (21 credits)

Course Credits Name
SOSC 304 3 Introduction to Public Administration
SOCI 340 3 Introduction to Nonprofit Leadership
MGMT 460 3 Not-For-Profit Management
NPLS 400 3 Diversity, Philanthropy, and Fundraising
MGMT 360 3 Human Relations and Organizational Behavior
SOCI 409 3 Nonprofit Leadership Internship I
MNSC 483 3 Co-op Field Placement (Internship II)

The Nonprofit Environment (12 credits)

Course Credits Name
SOCI 301 3 Community Organization
POSC 302 3 State and Local Government
SOCI 406 3 Sociology of the City
MKTG 310 3 Principles of Marketing

Social Science Core Requirements (9 credits)

Course Credits Name
SOSC 310 3 Introduction to Basic Statistics
SOSC 407 3 Social Research Methods
SOSC 430 3 Social Science Applications

Sample Degree Plan

This plan is only for example purposes. Your academic journey may be slightly different from another student’s journey, so be sure to always communicate with your academic advisor before finalizing your course schedule.

Fall Semester (16 credits)

Course credits name
ENGL 101 3 English Composition I
SOSC 200 3 Introduction to Social Science
MATH 125 3 Math for Liberal Arts
ORIE 101 1 Freshman Seminar
HIST 205 3 African American History I
IDIS 102 3 Music and Dance

Spring Semester (15 credits)

course credits name
ENGL 102 3 English Composition II
PHSC 103 3 Technology and Human Affairs
SPCH 105 3 Speech
MISY 150 3 Technology Fluency
HIST 206 3 African-American History II

Fall Semester (16 credits)

Course credits name
ANTH 207 3 Cultural Anthropology
PHIL 102 3 Logic
WLIT 207 3 World Literature
BIOL 101 4 Biological Sciences
SOSC 304 3 Introduction to Public Adminstration

Spring Semester (15 credits)

Course credits name
SOCI 301 3 Community Organization
POSC 302 3 State and Local Government
SOSC 340 3 Introduction to Nonprofit Leadership
XXXX xxx 3 Program Elective
XXXX xxx 3 Program Elective

Fall Semester (15 credits)

Course credits name
MGMT 460 3 Not-For-Profit Management
MGMT 360 3 Human Relations and Organizational Behavior
SOSC 407 3 Social Research Methods
XXXX xxx 3 General Elective
XXXX xxx 3 General Elective

Spring Semester (15 credits)

Course credits name
SOSC 310 3 Introduction to Basic Statistics
MKTG 310  3 Principles of Marketing
SOCI 406 3 Sociology of the City 
XXXX xxx 3 General Elective
XXXX xxx 3 General Elective

Fall Semester (15 credits)

Course credits name
NPLS 400 3 Diversity, Philanthropy, and Fundraising 
SOCI 409 3 Internship I
XXXX xxx 3 General Elective
XXXX xxx 3 General Elective
XXXX xxx 3 General Elective

Spring Semester (15 credits)

Course Credits Name
MNSC 483 3 Co-op Field Placement (Internship II)
SOSC 430 3 Social Science Applications
XXXX xxx 3 General Elective
XXXX xxx 3 General Elective
XXXX xxx 3 General Elective

Related Social and Political Sciences Programs

Nonprofit Leadership

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Political Science

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Sociology

Undergraduate

Social Science

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Urban Studies

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Anthropology

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Nonprofit Leadership is in the Department of Applied and Political Sciences in the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences.