Minor in Philanthropic & Community-Based Leadership

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: Requires a minimum of 22 semester units, including 300 hours of supervised internship experience with a CBO, involvement in the Humanics AFP Collegiate Chapter, and participation in a professional development conference. Courses/Internships may be used 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.

Required Core Coursework* (19 units minimum):

  • SOC 183S, Philanthropy & Grant Making (3 units)
  • SOC 184S, Grant Writing & Evaluation (3 units)
  • SOC 144, Social Policy Analysis (3 units)
  • SOC 185, Field Experience in Sociology or approved internship course (3 units)
  • SOC 186S, Governance, Administrative Principles, & Financial Literacy for CBO Leaders (3 units)
  • SOC 187S, Entrepreneurial Approaches to Sustainable CBOs OR MGT 133S Managing Nonprofit and Socially Responsible, Sustainable Organizations OR ENTR163, Social Entrepreneurship (3 units)
  • SOC 190, Independent Study (1 unit)

Elective Options (3 units minimum)

ACCT148, Accounting for Governmental & Nonprofit Organizations (4) ANTH111, Introduction to Ethnographic Fieldwork (3)
COMM164, Intercultural Communication (3)
COMM167, Leadership in Groups and Organizations (3)

COMM168, Communication in Organizations (3)
COMM171, Communication & Planning Change in Social Systems (3) COMM176, Communication Consulting and Training (3)
CFS118, Program Evaluation: Models & Tools (3)
CRIM150, Victim Services Program Management (3)
CRIM176, Victim Services (3)
CSH117/GERON117, Resource Management of Aging (3)
ECON119, Urban and Regional Economics (3)
GERON125/SWRK125, Social Services for the Aging (3)
HRM150, Administration of Personnel (3)
PH100, Community Health (3); PH163, Public Health Administration (3) MCJ152S, Public Relations (3)
MGT127, Contemporary Leadership (3)
MKTG100S, Marketing Concepts (4)
MKTG144, Services Marketing (4)
PAX110, Peacebuilding (3)
PAX120, Mediation (3)

PHIL122, Introduction to Professional Ethics (3)
PLSI181, Public Administration (3)
PLSI182, Administrative Analysis: Management and Organization (3) PLSI183, Comparative Administration (3)
PLSI185, Public Personnel Management (3)
PSYCH155, Developmental Psychology (4)
PSYCH156, Social Psychology (4)
PSYCH176, Industrial Psychology (3)
RA113, Serving At-Risk Youth (3)
RA115, Community Placements in Leisure Settings (1-3)
RA117, Special Event Planning (3)
RA121, Community & Nonprofit Recreation Services (3)
RA125, Diversity and Inclusion in Recreation, Parks, & Tourism (3) RA135, Recreation, Parks, and Tourism Marketing (3)
SOC130W or 130WS, Contemporary Social Issues (4-4)
SOC145, Social Organization (3)
SWRK123, Social Welfare Policies & Programs (3)
SWRK136, Cultural Diversity and Oppression (3)
SWRK137, Principles in Cross-Cultural Competence (3)
SWRK152, Conflict Resolution for Human Service Professionals (3) WS 162, Community Service in Women’s Studies (1-3)

*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.