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Staley School of Leadership Studies

Staley School of Leadership Studies
Kansas State University
257 Leadership Studies Building
1300 Mid-Campus Drive N.
Manhattan, KS 66506

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Nonprofit Leadership Studies Minor

Preparing You For Nonprofit Leadership

K-State's interdisciplinary minor in leadership studies with a nonprofit focus equips students to serve as nonprofit executives, staff, and board members. This rapidly-growing sector is the third largest employer in the United States, behind retail and manufacturing.

The 16-credit-hour minor will provide you with the organizational knowledge, interpersonal confidence, and leadership experience needed to make change on the grand challenges facing our world.

You will study best practices for nonprofit organizations and apply that learning in work with local community organizations. You will also have access to local nonprofit executive directors, service-learning trips, volunteer and event management experience, and much more.

Students pursuing the nonprofit minor may also pursue becoming a Certified Nonprofit Professional; the nationally-recognized credential from the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance.

The Nonprofit Minor, At A Glance

Courses, 16 credit hours

LEAD 212: Introduction to Leadership Concepts, 3 credit hours  Human Diversity

In LEAD 212 we will work to understand leadership competences, theories, and frameworks to further your self-awareness, values, and purpose. We will engage in a collaborative learning community to exercise socially-responsible leadership.

LEAD 350: Culture and Context in Leadership, 3 credit hours  Global Issues Human Diversity

Leadership behavior and practice varies across cultures and contexts. In LEAD 350, we will unpack cultural identity, life experience, and world views on leadership relationships. We will practice inclusive leadership through advocacy for social change.

LEAD 420: Theories of Nonprofit Leadership, 3 credit hours

In LEAD 420, we will explore nonprofit organization leadership. We will develop an understanding and practice of the knowledge and skills needed for professional success as a nonprofit organization leader. Prerequisites: LEAD 212 and 350

LEAD 405: Leadership in Practice, 2 credit hours  Ethical Reasoning

Through practice, we will work to understand the process of facilitating change in self, others, and systems. In LEAD 405, we will develop the capacity to exercise leadership to make progress on personal and community issues.

LEAD 499: Internship Seminar, 3 credit hours  Human-Diversity Ethical-Reasoning

A capstone course to the nonprofit focus experience. In LEAD 499, we will critically reflect on the internship experience, as well as analyze and present the competencies, personal traits, and deep sector-specific knowledge gained. Prerequisites: LEAD 212, 350, 405 and 420. Offered primarily in the fall.

LEAD 450: Senior Seminar in Leadership Studies, 3 credit hours  Social Sciences Ethical Reasoning

In this capstone course, we will integrate and apply learning from the minor. We will focus on personal values and current events, analyzing them through the lens of ethical dimensions of leadership.

Nonprofit Internship, 150 hours of experience

You will need to complete an internship in an approved nonprofit organization. We recommend you spend one full semester (fall, spring, or summer) at a single organization, after completing LEAD 420: Theories of Nonprofit Leadership. You can take LEAD 499: Internship Seminar concurrently or directly after your internship experience. Please work alongside your advisor to map out this process.

Standard Focus Option

The Staley School of Leadership Studies also offers the undergraduate minor with a standard focus.

Learn More and Next Steps

Visit our frequently asked questions page to learn more about the requirements and declaring the minor.

Current Students
Visit our advising help page for more information, or set up an appointment with our nonprofit faculty member, Dr. Chance Lee, by calling 785-532-6085 or emailing chance@k-state.edu

Prospective Students
Find out why K-State is a good fit for you by experiencing it in person. Contact New Student Services and request a K-State campus tour that includes Leadership Studies. Call their office at 785-532-6250.

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