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HUMANICS@FresnoState:                                                                        Exceptional Leaders, Enhanced Organizations, Enriched Communities

Minor Degree in Philanthropic and Community-based Leadership

Certificate Program in Administration and Leadership for Community Benefit Organizations

Humanics@FresnoState transforms lives and perspectives on leadership & philanthropy and engenders Exceptional Leaders, Enhanced Organizations, & Enriched Communities by:

1)  Investing thousands of dollars in Community Benefit Organizations (CBOs) serving the region;

2)  Partnering with CBOs to strengthen capacity and foster sustainability; and

3)  Preparing leaders for service to humanity through CBOs as administrators and executives, board members and volunteers, and program staff.

Humanics offers students specialized training in administration and leadership for community benefit organizations (CBOs) and works with hundreds of CBOs in the region to prepare leaders for service to humanity.

Humanics at Fresno State was originally affiliated with Nonprofit Leadership Alliance (formerly American Humanics, Inc.), a national alliance of universities and nonprofits dedicated to educating and certifying individuals to strengthen and lead CBOs.

Program Details

The interdisciplinary Humanics Certificate requires 19-24 units, including 300 hours of field experience with a community benefit organization. Involvement in the Humanics Student Association and participation in a professional development conference are also required.  Courses and internships may be used to fulfill requirements of other degree and certificate programs with advanced approval.  A special major can be designed for a baccalaureate (B.S.) degree as well.

Our Humanics Certificate can be completed in two semesters (or spread over more semesters as needed) and currently requires FIVE CORE courses.

Below are the semester offerings:


Soc144 – Social Policy Analysis (3 units), Thursdays, 4-6:50 pm

Soc184S – Grant Writing & Evaluation (3 units), Tuesdays, 4-6:50 pm

Soc186S – Governance, Administrative Principles, and Financial Literacy (3 units), Mondays, 4-6:50 pm


Soc183S – Philanthropy & Grant Making (3 units), Tuesdays, 4-6:50 pm

Soc187S – Entrepreneurial Approaches to Sustainable CBOs, Mondays 4-6:50 pm OR ENTR163 or ENTR189T – Social Entrepreneurship (3 units) OR MGT 133 – Managing Nonprofit Organizations (3 units)

The certificate is open to students of all majors and community individuals.  Courses may be taken part-time or through Open University.  For more information, please contact Dr. Matthew Jendian.

Mentoring.  Each fall semester, Humanics Scholars have the opportunity to take part in the Humanics Mentoring Project.

Internships.  The internship experience is central to the program.  The internship hours required can be fulfilled via an internship (preferably paid) completed through your major/graduate department or through our Humanics Program (SOC 185).  Students may choose their own internship site, or we can help identify possible matches based on student interests. For more information about Humanics Internships, see our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ 1, FAQ 2, FAQ 3). The handbook is designed to guide you through the process of developing a successful internship. The handbook appendices contain the forms that will help you document your internship experience.

Accomplishments, Competency and Employment

Our Humanics program has established a pattern of excellence by regularly winning national and local awards, such as in 2006 and 2007.

The Humanics program benefits from an excellent Advisory Council.

Each year, community benefit organizations need thousands of new full-time professional staff.  Men and women who fill these positions are people-oriented, competent managers, who are committed to improving their communities and the future of our society.

Students involved in the Humanics Program at California State University, Fresno pursue degrees in recreation administration and leisure studies, social work, psychology, sociology, health science, business, and other academic areas.  All Humanics students acquire knowledge and skills to demonstrate the following competencies:

  • General CBO Management
  • Program Planning & Evaluation
  • Human Resource Development & Supervision
  • Marketing & Public Relations for CBOs
  • Board & Committee Development
  • Fundraising Principles & Practices
  • Grant Writing
  • Accounting & Financial Management for CBOs
  • Risk Management
  • Advocacy, Coalition Building, & Community Organizing

Furthermore, all interested students engage in leadership development through activities with the Humanics Student Association (HSA), a recognized campus organization for students interested in this career field.

The Humanics Program has an outstanding record of job placement with several CBOs for its graduates. 

For specific guidance in employment searches, see our CBO Employment Search Guide