Curriculum & Course Descriptions

Core Course # Core Course Title Number of Credits
BUSA 651 Ethical Issues in the Nonprofit Sector 3
LEAD 536 Practical Financial Management 3
BUSA 603 Fundraising for Nonprofit Organizations 3
LEAD 610 Strategic Thinking and Change Management 3
BUSA 571 Legal and Government Issues Affecting Nonprofits 3
LEAD 576 Applied Research and Evaluation 3
LDEV 544 Leadership and Organizational Dynamics 3
LEAD 541 Human Resources and Performance Management 3
INST 500 Philanthropy 3
Core Course Credits 27
Concentration Tracks
Social Entrepreneurship LDEV 660 - Marketing, Communication & Social Media
BUSA 545 Social Entrepreneurship
Advocacy/Public Policy BUSA 655 Public Policy
LDEV 610 Advocacy and Human Rights
Thesis/Project LEAD681a- Thesis 1 (Pre-requisite is LEAD 576)
LEAD681b- Thesis 2 (Pre-requisite is Thesis 1)
Thesis/Project LEAD681a- Project 1 (Pre-requisite is LEAD 576)
LEAD681b- Project 2 (Pre-requisite is Project 1)
Nonprofit Elective Credits 6
Total 33 credits

Core Courses

BUSA 651 Ethical Issues in the Nonprofit Sector  - 3 Credits
A study of the importance and complexities of board governance in the nonprofit sector. The issues, trends and challenges to governance and their implications are assessed. The course includes the hallmarks of nonprofit excellence, the roles and responsibilities of volunteers and staff, the policy and decision-making process, ethics and ethical decision-making, board recruitment and development, and a current issue facing the nonprofit sector.

LEAD 536 Practical Financial Management - 3 Credits
This financial management course will help the non-financial manager understand and value the crucial contribution of finance and accounting tools in making effective decisions to carry out the mission and goals of their organization. This course assumes that the student works for an agency that employs professionals to handle the accounting, but it also assumes that the students need to understand the professional tasks and challenges facing the accounting staff.

LEAD 610  Strategic Thinking and Change Management - 3 Credits
Through an examination of the basic concepts of strategic management and the increasing challenge of general managers, students will further their capacity to be strategic thinkers. Alternative approaches to creating strategies are reviewed and critiqued. A capacity for interpreting the internal and external environments is emphasized, with particular emphasis on the turbulent, evolving context of the organization. Basic principles and tools for strategic planning are introduced and an emphasis is placed on new strategies and how managers can be more effective in managing change.

BUSA 571  Legal and Government Issues Affecting Nonprofit Organizations - 3 Credits
Explores the basic principles of business law such as contracts, liability, and labor law; taxation and the tax exemption process and related reporting requirements; and incorporation and by-laws. Examines the role of government, particularly in cooperation with nonprofit organizations.

LEAD 576 Applied Research and Evaluation - 3 Credits
This course is an introduction to applied research and evaluation. The learning objectives are to expose students to both quantitative and qualitative research and evaluation methods for use in NonProfit and Non-Government Organizations. Applied research is presented as a systematic inquiry designed to provide information to decision makers and/or groups concerned with particular human and societal problems. Christian perspective on the purpose and practice of research is of special interest.

LEAD 544: Leadership and Organizational Dynamics
This course focuses on understanding organizational dynamics as the context in which  21st century Christian leaders mobilize their people and other resources to achieve desired ministry/business results. Students will examine personal, interpersonal, and organizational effectiveness through the "frames" of biblical principles and values, organizational structure/governance, culture, politics, people and technology. Considering relationships as "patterns of communication," students will increase their awareness of their own and others' communication styles and patterns influencing and being influenced within the organizational context.

LEAD 541 Human Resources and Performance Management - 3 Credits

This course is based on the idea that people are at the center of God's heart and are the most valuable resource in any ministry or enterprise. The purpose of the course is to explore the human factors in your organization and to develop experience and skill in responding to the needs of those people. Through the critical perspectives gained in the Leadership and Empowerment course, students will hone their ability to balance efficient businesses with intentional, people-focused management.

BUSA 603 Fundraising for Nonprofit Organizations - 3 Credits
Investigation of how to design, implement, and follow up on various methods of fundraising, including foundation proposals, phonathons/telethons, direct solicitation, membership drives, and profit-making ventures in nonprofit organizations.

BUSA 655  Role of Nonprofit Organizations in Public Policy  - 3 Credits

Examines the relationship between nonprofits and state, local, and federal governments, and the influence on public policy by nonprofits. Since nonprofit organizations often serve as government “contractors” for public policy implementation, this course develops practical skills in researching government funding opportunities and writing proposals.

INST 500  Philanthropy- 3 Credits
A broad exposure to the concept of charity, with emphasis on answering “why.” Students study the history, culture, and evolution of philanthropy in the Western world, various religions’ reasons and justifications for charity, and the seemingly inherent psychological human need to be of benefit to others in society.

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