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|
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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