The John Glenn College of Public Affairs offers a minor in Nonprofit Studies.  Organizations throughout the public and private sectors are interacting and operating with increased overlap — resulting in gained popularity and functionality for the nonprofit sector. The Glenn College’s Nonprofit Studies minor introduces students, outside of the BA program, to the unique benefits and challenges of the nonprofit world. Students have the opportunity to take courses from multiple departments on campus and pursue an internship with a nonprofit organization to gain further understanding of the role nonprofits have in shaping public policy. The Nonprofit Studies minor is designed for students with majors outside of the Glenn College (Public Affairs majors should pursue the nonprofit specialization track).


The Nonprofit Studies minor requires completion of a minimum of 15 credit hours--two of the required courses provide an overview and the management and governance of nonprofit organizations. Students must also fulfill an experiential requirement that provides them with real-world experience in the field.

Required Class

  • Public Affairs 2150: Introduction to Nonprofit Organizations (3)

Management Class (Choose One)

  • Public Affairs 3140: Nonprofit Management and Governance (3)
  • Art Education 3681: Managing Arts Organizations (3)

Experiential Requirement (Choose One)

Elective Courses (minimum of 6 hours)

  • Accounting and Management Information Systems 2000
  • Art Education 3680, 4715
  • Business Finance 3120
  • Business Management and Human Resources 2500, 3100, 3200, 3520
  • Business Marketing and Logistics 3150
  • Communication 3325, 4337, 4556
  • Consumer Sciences: Hospitality Management 4600
  • Educational Studies: Higher Education and Student Affairs 2571
  • English 3304
  • Public Affairs 2120, 2130, 3110, 3500, 4510, 5590, 5592, 5750/5750H,
  • Rural Sociology 4500
  • Social Work 3201
  • Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies 4510, 4510H

Nonprofit Studies minor program guidelines

Required for graduation: No
Credit hours required: A minimum of 15
Transfer credit hours allowed: A student is permitted to count up to 6 total hours of transfer credit and/or credit by examination toward the minor
Overlap with the GE permitted: Up to 6 hours
Overlap with the major:
  • The minor must be in a different subject than the major.
  • Each minor completed must contain a minimum of 12 hours apart from the major and/or additional minors (i.e. minors that require more than 12 credit hours may overlap those hours beyond 12 with the major or with another minor)
  • Overlap between minors: Each minor completed must contain 12 unique hours.
Grades requirements for earning a minor:
  • Minimum C- fpr each course.
  • Minimum 2.00 cumulative point-hour ratio.
  • Coursework graded pass/non-pass do not count as a credit completion.
  • 3 credit hours of courses graded as satisfactory/unsatisfactory are accepted.

Approval requirements: The minor coursework must be approved by the Glenn College.

Filing the minor program form: The minor program form must be filed at the same time the graduation application is submitted to the student’s major college.

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