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AcademicsUndergraduate Majors

Community & Nonprofit Leadership, BS

Community & Nonprofit Leadership develops professional changemakers and highly sought-after problem-solvers who are prepared to change the world.

Our nationally recognized program enables students to graduate paces ahead in their readiness to advance positive change across any industry, organization or setting. In smaller-sized classes, Community & Nonprofit Leadership students tackle real-world challenges in collaboration with their peers and organizational partners/clients. Through project-based learning, applied research, and internship experiences, students can positively impact the world even before they graduate.

Our Community & Nonprofit Leadership students are consistently recognized for their extraordinary contributions with several nationally acclaimed Truman Scholars and Campus Notable Grads originating from our program.

The Community & Nonprofit Leadership major pairs well with other majors and certificates, allowing you to tailor your learning and career path to your interests. It also offers excellent preparation for graduate school across law, medicine, public health, public policy, human ecology and more.

Coursework & Internships

Community & Nonprofit Leadership coursework spans the areas of:

  • Organizational leadership and management
  • Philanthropy and community impact
  • Social entrepreneurship and innovation
  • Program planning, evaluation and grant writing

Here, you’ll find instructors who get to know you and offer meaningful guidance on a personalized path to success.

Gain the knowledge, skills and experience to be prepared to change the world:

  • Examine issues from a human ecological lens
  • Devise solutions to today’s toughest challenges
  • Learn how to harness resources to advance progress
  • Design and activate a better future
  • Start advancing change now – with real world organizations and causes

Required internships and collaborative classroom projects provide problem-solving and leadership opportunities, networking, and other career-building experiences. You’ll gain real world experience to build your portfolio, as well as industry connections to jumpstart your career.


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Median National Salaries (U.S. Department of Labor)

$61,190 Development Officer/Fundraising Professional

$74,240 Program Manager/Director

Community & Nonprofit Leadership Stories

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