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Nonprofit Organizations and Public Affairs
Nonprofit Organizations and Public Affairs


The Non-Profit Organizations and Public Affairs minor provides a broad, liberal arts foundation for careers in non-profit/community leadership, public administration, and public policy. 

Our Definition of Community Engagement 

Community-engaged learning combines the creative capacities of students, faculty, and community partners, equally, in pursuit of the public good. Community engagement experiences for students can range from specific class assignments to volunteering with local organizations to immersive internship experiences and more. Community-engaged scholarship, a closely related concept, provides a framework for creating new scholarly knowledge through co-authorship involving faculty, student, and community partners. The greatest hope for this type of learning is the cultivation of a healthier and more just democracy. For all those involved, it promotes active learning and helps in the development of civic skills rooted in humility, integration, reflection, and impact orientation. 

Program Highlight

Finish in Four*

with the skills to launch your career 

Be the change

you want to see in the world knowing that you have honed your communication, critical thinking, quantitative and collaboration skills.  As a graduate you will be poised to take on your first job with the knowledge that you can confidently: 

  • convey through written and oral presentations the pressing issues and solutions for an organization; 
  • effectively work with peers to address challenges and issues within non-profit organizations that strengthen the organization when resolved; and
  • analyze sources of power within public affairs/the policy making process 

Explore our Graduate Outcomes to learn more about what our graduates are doing today. 

Meet our Faculty

Dr. Nathan Bigelow

Dr. Nathan Bigelow

Professor of Political Science and International Studies
Dr. Lisa M. Brown

Dr. Lisa M. Brown

Professor of Psychology, Dean of Social Science
Dr. Mari Elise Ewing

Dr. Mari Elise Ewing

Associate Professor of Environmental Studies
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Popular Courses

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