Philanthropic and Community-Based Leadership, Minor


Department of Sociology

Matthew Jendian, Chair
Social Science Building, Room 227

Degrees and Programs Offered

BA in Sociology, B.A.
MN in Sociology, Minor
MN in Philanthropic and Community-Based Leadership, Minor

Courses Offered

Sociology majors receive strong grounding in traditional and contemporary social theory, methods of conducting social research, and techniques of analyzing social data. Courses with a service-learning component provide students with an opportunity to engage in participant-observation studies, while the Social Research Laboratory (SRL) gives them a chance to participate in survey research. Encouraging student research is one of the hallmarks of sociology at Fresno State.

The program also offers advanced courses on topics ranging from medical sociology, religion, and family to popular culture, deviance, and social movements and social change.


Philanthropic and Community-based Leadership, Minor Requirements

The Philanthropic and Community-based Leadership Minor prepares students for career paths ranging from grassroots organizing and work in nonprofit, community benefit and non-governmental organizations to employment in government agencies, legislative offices, "think tanks," advocacy organizations, or private consulting. Through an emphasis on service-learning pedagogy, the minor is designed to provide an interdisciplinary perspective to the study of diverse communities and issues facing these communities. Critical and creative analytical skills are honed in real-world settings to prepare individuals to be able to work towards viable solutions to social problems. The minor degree emphasizes a social justice approach and offers students hands-on experience in exercising critical sociological consciousness in venues concerned with pressing local, national, and international issues. Such knowledge and skills are essential for students to become leaders who are able to transform our region and society as a whole.

Requirements for the Minor

The Minor in Philanthropic and Community-based Leadership requires a minimum of 22 units, including 300 hours of experiential learning with a CBO. Involvement in the Humanics AFP Collegiate Chapter and participation in a professional development conference are required. Courses/Internships may be double-counted to fulfill requirements of other certificate programs and are open to undergraduate and graduate students of all majors and programs as well as to community individuals through Open University. A special major can be arranged with an advisor as well.

Required Core Coursework* (19 units minimum):
SOC 183S (3 units)
SOC 184S (3 units)
SOC 144 (3 units)
SOC 185, Field Experience in Sociology or approved internship course (3 units)
SOC 186S (3 units)
SOC 187S or MGT 133S or ENTR 163S (3 units)
SOC 190, Independent Study (1 unit)

Elective Options (3 units minimum)
ACCT 148. Accounting for Governmental and Nonprofit Organizations (4 units)
ANTH 111. Introduction to Ethnographic Fieldwork (3 units)
COMM 164. Intercultural Communication (3 units)
COMM 167. Leadership in Groups and Organizations (3 units)
COMM 168. Communication in Organizations (3 units)
COMM 171. Communication and Planning Change in the Social System (3 units)
COMM 176. Communication Consulting and Training (3 units)
CFS 118. Program Evaluation: Models & Tools (3 units)
CRIM 150. Victim Services Program Management (3 units)
CRIM 176. Victim Services (3 units)
CSH 117/GERON 117. Resource Management of Aging (3 units)
ECON 119. Urban & Regional Economics (3 units)
GERON 125/SWRK 125. Social Services for the Aging (3 units)
HRM 150. Administration of Personnel (3 units)
MCJ 152S. Public Relations (3 units)
MGT 127. Contemporary Leadership (3 units)
MKTG 100S. Marketing Concepts (4 units)
MKTG 144. Services Marketing (4 units)
PAX 110. Peace Building (3 units)
PAX 120. Mediation (3 units)
PH 100. Community Health (3 units);
PH 163. Public Health Administration (3 units)
PHIL 122. Introduction to Professional Ethics (3 units)
PLSI 181. Public Administration (3 units)
PLSI 182. Administrative Analysis: Management and Organization (3 units)
PLSI 183. Comparative Administration (3 units)
PLSI 185. Public Personnel Management (3 units)
PSYCH 155. Developmental Psychology (4 units)
PSYCH 156. Social Psychology (4 units)
PSYCH 176. Industrial Psychology (3 units)
RA 113. Serving At-Risk Youth (3 units)
RA 115. Community Placements in Leisure Settings (1-3 units)
RA 117. Special Event Planning (3 units)
RA 121. Community & Nonprofit Recreation Services (3 units)
RA 125. Diversity and Inclusive Practices in Recreation. Parks. and Tourism (3 units)
RA 135. Recreation. Parks. and Tourism Marketing (3 units)
SOC 130W or SOC 130WS. Contemporary Social Issues (4 units)
SOC 145. Social Organization (3 units)
SWRK 123. Social Welfare Policies & Programs (3 units)
SWRK 136. Cultural Diversity and Oppression (3 units)
SWRK 137. Principles in Cross-Cultural Competence (3 units)
SWRK 152. Intro to Conflict Resolution for Human Service Professionals (3 units)
WS 162. Community Service in Women’s Studies (1-3 units)

*Note: The Philanthropic and Community-based Leadership Minor also requires a 2.0 GPA and at least 12 units in residence. CR/NC grading is not permitted. except for courses offered only under CR/NC grading.


All full-time faculty hold Ph.D.s and share a commitment to excellence in teaching. Their areas of special interest are diverse, including social change, deviance, women in society, social stratification, social psychology, social theory, and research methods. All are involved in the Center for the Study of Social Life in the San Joaquin Valley, which promotes scholarship and research with a regional focus. Most of the faculty are actively involved in research. Recent faculty research has included studies of opinions on women's issues, willingness to pay additional taxes, prayer, stereotypes and ethnic prejudice, and the social organization of sport.

For faculty phone numbers and e-mail, see the campus directory.

For more on the faculty, see the faculty pages.
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