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Nonprofit Leadership & Social Innovation Minor

School of Public Policy
nplminor@umd.edu
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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 nplminor@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:

  • AASP 101:  Public Policy and the Black Community. Offered in Fall and Spring.
  • AASP 187:  The New Jim Crow:  African-Americans, Mass Incarceration and the Prison Industrial Complex. Offered Spring 2019. Course availability uncertain after Spring 2019.
  • AASP 301:  Applied Policy Analysis and the Black Community
  • AASP 468A:  Social Inequalities and Health in the African Diaspora. Offered regularly.
  • AGNR 301:  Sustainability. Offered once a year, usually in Fall.
  • AMST 418G:  Food, Trauma, and Sustainability
  • ANTH 264:  Anthropology and Immigration
  • ANTH 265:  Anthropology of Global Health
  • ANTH 266:  Changing Climate, Changing Cultures
  • ARCH 289I:  Sustainability at College Park
  • AREC 200:  The Chesapeake Bay Ecosystem:  Intersection of Science, Economics, and Policy
  • AREC 365:  World Hunger, Population, and Food Supplies
  • BMGT 350:  Marketing Principles and Organization
  • BMGT 355:  Foundations of Marketing for Non-Business Majors
  • BMGT 468U:  Social Entrepreneurship Laboratory
  • BMGT 468W:  Social Innovation Practicum (Consulting and Venture Creation)
  • BSOS388F/GVPT388B:  Behavioral and Social Sciences Special Topics; Innovation in the Public Sector. Seats restricted to BSOS majors during preregistration.
  • CCJS 325:  Slavery in the Twenty-First Century:  Combating Human Trafficking
  • CMLT 270:  Global Literature and Social Change
  • COMM 498F:  Seminar; Public Relations and Corporate Social Responsibility
  • EDCP 220:  Introduction to Human Diversity in Social Institutions
  • EDHD 230:  Human Development and Societal Institutions
  • ENCE 215:  Engineering for Sustainability. Prereq: CHEM 135; and permission of ENGR-Civil & Environmental Engineering department.
  • ENGL 292:  Writing for Change
  • ENGL 395:  Writing for Health Professions
  • ENGL 398B:  Topics in Professional Writing; Writing for Social Entrepreneurship
  • ENGL 398N:  Professional Writing; Writing for Nonprofit Organizations
  • ENSP 340:  Water:  Science, Ethics, and Policy. By permission of department only.
  • ENSP 342:  Environmental Threats to Oceans and Coasts:  Towards an Integrated Policy Response. By permission of department only.
  • ENSP 360:  Every Drop Counts:  Water, Food, and Global Public Health. By permission of department only.
  • ENST 282:  Ecological Innovation and Entrepreneurship
  • GEOG 110:  The World Today:  Global Perspectives
  • GEOG 130:  Developing Countries
  • GEOG 202:  Introduction to Human Geography
  • GEOG 330:  As the World Turns:  Society and Sustainability in a Time of Great Change
  • GEOG 331:  Introduction to Human Dimensions of Global Change. Prereq: ANTH 220, ANTH 260, GEOG 202, or GEOG 2012; or permission of BSOS-Geography department.
  • GEOG 332:  Economic Geography
  • GEOG 333:  The Social Geography of Metropolitan Areas in Global Perspective. Prereq: Permission of Geography department; or GEOG 201 and GEOG 202.
  • GEOG 413:  Migration:  Latin America and the United States. Prereq: GEOG 313; or permission of BSOS-Geography department.
  • GEOG 421:  Changing Geographies of China. Permission of BSOS-Geography department; or GEOG 202; and GEOG 201; and GEOG 435, GEOG 333, or GEOG 332.
  • GEOG 423:  Latin America. Permission of BSOS-Geography department; or GEOG 201; and GEOG 202; and GEOG 332, GEOG 435, or GEOG 333.
  • GEOG 430:  Selected Topics in Human Geography; Climate, Energy, and Policy. Permission of BSOS-Geography department; or GEOG 201 or GEOG 202; and GEOG 306 and GEOG 301.
  • GEOG 431:  Culture and Natural Resource Management
  • GVPT 388B:  Topical Investigations; Innovation in the Public Sector
  • HEIP 144:  Contemporary Issues in Entrepreneurship & Innovation
  • HLSA 484:  Redesigning Health Care:  Developing a Clinic to Meet Community Needs. Priority given to SPH students.
  • LARC 151:  Urban Agriculture:  Designing and Assessing Edible Landscapes
  • MIEH 330:  Environmental Justice, Racism, and Environmental Health Disparities:  How where you live can kill you. Prereq: MIEH 300 (MIEH 300 currently limited to PHSC majors).
  • MIEH 331:  The Built Environment, Sustainability, and Public Health:  The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly. Prereq: MIEH 300 (MIEH 300 currently limited to PHSC majors).
  • PHSC 430:  Public Health in the City:  Perspectives on Health in the Urban Environment. Restricted to PHSC majors.
  • PLCY 201:  Leadership for the Common Good
  • PLCY 302:  Examining Pluralism in Public Policy*
  • PLSC 125:  Feeding Nine Billion by 2050:  Food Security and Crop Protection

 

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:

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.

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.

How do I apply?

Applications are received and approved on a rolling-basis with no current deadline (with the exception of item 4 below).

1. Students must meet the minimum GPA requirement of 3.0

2. Complete the application, save it, and email it to nplminor@umd.edu.

3. Students must come in for a mandatory advising meeting.

4. Students must be enrolled in the minor at least one full academic year prior to undergraduate graduation.