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Nonprofit Leadership & Social Innovation Minor

Built on hands-on learning, the Minor in Nonprofit Leadership and Social Innovation heightens students’ awareness of local, national and global issues and examines different approaches to social impact. Students study the role of the nonprofit, NGO, and social sector, as well as social innovation, leadership, and the skills required for effective nonprofit management. This minor is open to all undergrads on campus, regardless of major. Students who want to take a deeper dive, can pursue the Major in Public Policy with a focus on Nonprofit Leadership and Social Innovation.

Requirements

Students should fill out this application and return it to plcyundergrad@umd.edu.  Students must complete at least 15 credits, including three required courses and two electives. Other electives are being added to this list and students may also propose other courses to meet the elective requirements. No course may be used to satisfy the requirements of more than one minor and at least nine credits must be at the 300-400 level. All courses must be passed with a grade of C- or better.

Required Courses: (3 classes, 9 credits)

1) PLCY 213: Foundations of Nonprofit Leadership and Social Innovation

2) PLCY 310: Nonprofit Leadership and Social Innovation in Action

3) And one of the following:

  • PLCY 215: Innovation and Social Change: Creating Change for Good
  • PLCY 388D: Innovation and Social Change: Do Good Now
  • BSOS 388B: Behavioral and Social Sciences Special Topics; Innovation and Social Change: Do Good Now
  • HONR 348D: Advanced Honors Seminar;Innovation and Social Change: Do Good Now
  • ENME 467: Engineering for Social Change

Electives: (2 classes, 6 credits)

One of the following courses is allowed and encouraged as an elective (students may not count more than one of the courses below toward the minor requirements):

  • PLCY 214: Leading and Investing in Social Change: Re-defining and Experimenting with Philanthropy*
  • PLCY 359I: Leading and Investing in Social Change: Re-defining and Experimenting with Philanthropy*
  • PLCY 388G: Special Topics in Public Policy; Global Perspectives on Leading and Investing in Social Change*
  • HONR 349: Leading and Investing in Social Change: Re-defining and Experimenting with Philanthropy*

Other Electives:

  • ARCH 271: People, Planet and Profit: Building Sustainable Places
  • BMGT 350: Marketing Principles and Organization
  • BMGT 468W: Social Innovation Practicum (Consulting and Venture Creation)
  • BMGT 468U: Social Entrepreneurship Laboratory
  • BMGT 355: Foundations of Marketing for Non Business Majors
  • CPPL 200: College Park Scholars - Public Leadership - Applied Leadership Capstone I
  • EDCP 220 - Introduction to Human Diversity in Social Institutions
  • EDHD 230: Human Development and Societal Institutions
  • ENGL 398N: Professional Writing; Writing for Nonprofit Organizations
  • HEIP 144: Contemporary Issues in Entrepreneurship & Innovation
  • PLCY 201: Leadership for the Common Good
  • PLCY 302: Examining Pluralism in Public Policy*

Three credits of study abroad or three credits of an internship or experiential learning related to nonprofits and social innovation and approved by the director will be accepted as an elective.

*Students are encouraged to take one of these courses as one of their electives.

Course Descriptions

Required courses – 9 credits:

(new)PLCY 213– Foundations of Nonprofit Leadership and Social Innovation (3):

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.

(new)PLCY 310 - Nonprofit Leadership and Social Innovation in Action (3) (Pre-requisite: PLCY 213):

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.

One of the following must be taken as the third required course:

PLCY 215 - Innovation and Social Change: Creating Change for Good (3):

A team-based, highly interactive and dynamic course that provides an opportunity for students to generate solutions to a wide range of problems facing many communities today. Students in the iGIVE Program will deepen their understanding of entrepreneurship and innovation practices by creating and implementing projects or ventures that address an issue of their choosing while learning topics such as communications, project management, teamwork, leadership, fundraising, project sustainability and next steps in social change.

PLCY 388D - Innovation and Social Change: Do Good Now (3):  Capstone

This course is team based, highly interactive and dynamic, and provides an opportunity for students to bring to the course or generate solutions to a wide range of problems facing our world. The course is designed for teams of undergraduates who have a social innovation project to develop and implement as well as students who are interested in joining a team to create social impact. Students will be immersed in the concept of social innovation, while exploring the many mechanisms for achieving social impact. This course deepens students’ understanding of entrepreneurship and innovation by guiding them through the creation and implementation process as applied to a project idea of their choice. Participants will research issues and then generate and implement a project to address an issue they are passionate about. These projects are a laboratory to implement and further advance a student’s aptitude in such areas as design thinking, strategic planning, project management, teamwork, fundraising, marketing, leadership, and project sustainability.

BSOS 388B - Behavioral and Social Sciences Special Topics; Innovation and Social Change: Do Good Now (3):

This is a BSOS Solutions Lab and a Fearless Ideas course offered in collaboration with PLCY388D and HONR348D. Explore the many mechanisms for achieving social impact through social innovation. This is team-based, highly interactive and dynamic course that provides an opportunity for students to generate solutions to a wide range of problems facing many communities today. This course deepens the students understanding of entrepreneurship and innovation practices by guiding them through the creation and implementation process as applied to a project idea of their choice. These projects serve as the laboratory to implement topics such as design systems thinking, developing and communicating a strategy and goals, project management and implementation skills, teamwork and talent management, fundraising and revenue generation, marketing and partner development, leadership skills and project sustainability.   (For BSOS majors only)

HONR 348D - Advanced Honors Seminar; Innovation and Social Change: Do Good Now

This course is team based, highly interactive and dynamic, and provides an opportunity for students to bring to the course or generate solutions to a wide range of problems facing our world. The course is designed for teams of undergraduate honors students who have a social innovation project to develop and implement as well as students who are interested in joining a team to create social impact. Students will be immersed in the concept of social innovation, while exploring the many mechanisms for achieving social impact. This course deepens students’ understanding of entrepreneurship and innovation by guiding them through the creation and implementation process as applied to a project idea of their choice. Participants will research issues and then generate and implement a project to address an issue they are passionate about. These projects are a laboratory to implement and further advance a student’s aptitude in such areas as design thinking, strategic planning, project management, teamwork, fundraising, marketing, leadership, and project sustainability.