Courses

Listed below are past and present philanthropy and nonprofit management undergraduate courses offered through the School of Public Policy. Check Testudo for current semester offerings.

Innovation and Social Change: Do Good Now (PUAF388D/BSOS388B/HONR348D): In partnership with President Wallace Loh’s Academy for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, students are introduced to the concept of social innovation while exploring the many mechanisms for achieving social impact. This course deepens the students’ understanding of entrepreneurship and innovation practices by guiding them through the creation and implementation process of a project idea of their choice. Students are encouraged to expand their project and class engagement through competition in the Do Good Challenge . Several groups of students from the course have gone on to become finalists and won the Challenge.

Foundations of Nonprofit Leadership and Social Innovation (PLCY213): Through discussions of contemporary trends, challenges and issues, this course provides an introduction to the nonprofit and NGO sectors, social innovation, and the leadership and management skills required to achieve social impact. The course will explore the history, theories, and roles of philanthropy, the nonprofit sector, and social innovation in societies and cultures. Students will be able to demonstrate an understanding of the process and principles of social entrepreneurship and social innovation. Additionally, the course will introduce students to topics in leadership, social innovation, resource development, community mobilization through networks, the role of policy-making in creating change, project management, and overall strategies for achieving social impact.  The course will include mini hands-on learning experiences that allow them to apply key learning outcomes.

Nonprofit Leadership and Social Innovation in Action (PLCY313): This course will further students understanding of topics in leadership, social innovation, resource development, community mobilization through networks, and the role of policy making in creating change. This course will further students understanding of the creation and leadership of nonprofits, social ventures, governance and boards; strategic planning and partnerships; advocacy and public policy processes; community outreach; working in teams, effective communications, and cross-sector approaches to scaling up social impact. The course incorporates a hands-on learning experience and a central organizing concept for this class is that creating change is a challenging, long-term project that requires essential leadership and innovation skills.

Leading and Investing in Social Change: Redefining and Experimenting with Philanthropy (PLCY 359I/HONR359I): At the heart of our undergraduate program is our ‘Leading and Investing in Social Change: Redefining and Experimenting with Philanthropy’ courses, where students learn about the role of philanthropy in American culture and engage in the hands-on experience of establishing and running a philanthropic fund.  Through partnerships with the Honors College and College Park Scholars, hundreds of students across campus have participated in developing a mission, authoring requests for proposals, reviewing applications, interviewing candidates, visiting nonprofit finalists, and ultimately awarding real grants worth thousands of dollars to accomplish an important outcome in the community.  We subsequently partner with our grantees, connecting them with university resources and helping them with projects that align with our students’ skills.  This one-of-a-kind experience has attracted high-caliber students to our program and leading coverage by The Washington Post and The Baltimore Sun.