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Wilson Center for Social Entrepreneurship

Undergraduate Courses and Minor

The need for thoughtful, well-educated leaders in nonprofits and philanthropy is growing: nonprofits employ around 10% of the American workforce. There are nearly 2 million nonprofits in the U.S., with over $1 trillion in revenue and $4 trillion in assets. These new courses in Nonprofit Studies are open to all majors, and will equip you with the knowledge and hands-on experience needed to succeed in careers in foundations, human services, economic development, the arts, and the environment.

Do well by doing good.

For more information about the MINOR in NONPROFIT STUDIES, visit the Dyson Non-Profit Minor page.

Spring 2018 Courses

ANT 108 “Global Cultures and Local Identities” CRN 21122

Instructor: Judith Pajo
Day/Time: Friday 9:00-12:00 pm
Description: This course focuses on the strategies of identity formation employed amid the global flows of migration, capital, and information. It analyzes the benefits and risks involved in the increasingly rapid and transnational circulation of culture, products, and ideas in the "developed" and the "developing" world. The course introduces students to major anthropological debate on the politics of identity in the face of globalization. It explores the way people develop identities around the globe at the end of the 20th century.

ANT 210 “Urban Ethnography” CRN 23642

Instructor: Akissi Britton
Day/Time: Monday and Wednesday 10:35 am -12:00 pm
Description: An introduction to basic ethnographic research techniques, and uses of the modern city and its various cultural and ethnic enclaves, as subject matter for field investigations. Students will learn to describe systematically the various components of group life using qualitative techniques such as systematic observations and interviews. At the same time, students will develop a solid understanding of principles of modern anthropology.

CIS 102W “Web Design for Nonprofit Organizations” (Multiplr CRN's)

Instructor: Multiple Instructors
Day/Time: Multiple times available
Description: This is a discipline-based course that affects an exciting and new learning experience for students, in implementing and enhancing actual Web sites that benefit local non-profit agencies. The students are introduced in class to the methods of designing Web sites in a non-profit paradigm and are involved in developing, implementing and enhancing the sites in the field, in teams that include clientele of the agencies. Prerequisites: CIS101 or INT197B

FIN 360 “International Finance Field Study" CRN 22856

Instructor: Burcin Col, Iuliana Ismailescu
Day/Time: Friday, 1:20-4:20 pm
Description: The International Finance Field Study incorporates a trip to major international financial centers. While visiting these countries, the students will attend seminars given by corporate and investment bankers, government officials, and other financial executives. The course will cover various aspects of the international financial markets of the countries visited. Prior to leaving the U.S., students will attend class meetings covering topics relevant to the seminars given in the host countries. Students will also gain extensive exposure to the various financial databases. 

Prerequisite: FIN 260 or FIN 301 and junior standing.

Taught using Pace's video-conference network. 
Pre-trip class meetings: 2/23, 3/23, 4/6, 4/20, 5/11 
Class sessions will be held on NY campus, meeting time: 9:00AM - 12:00PM. 
**Attendance at all scheduled meetings is mandatory** 

Study abroad location: Prague, Czech Republic; Warsaw, Poland. 
Travel Dates (tentative): May 23, 2018 - June 2, 2018. 

To participate in this faculty-led study abroad course: 

MAR 342 “Public Relations” CRN 23067

Instructor: Thomas J. Faila
Day/Time: Wednesday 5:40-8:30pm
Description: A foundation course dealing with the theory of communications, the concepts, and practice of public opinion, research, and the place of public relations in the corporate organization. Methods, tools, and techniques used in maintaining effective relations with customers are analyzed. Prerequisite: MAR200 or MAR250, not open to students who have taken MAR342A

MAR 356 “International Marketing Field Study” CRN 21605

Instructor: Dennis Sandler and Loretta Volpe
Day/Time: Friday 1:20 - 4:20pm
Pre-Trip Class Meetings: 2/9, 3/2, 4/13, 4/27, and 5/11. 
Trip Destination: Scandinavia, Copenhagen, Denmark
Travel Dates: May 28, 2018 – June 7, 2018 (tentative) 
Description: The International Marketing Field Study provides students with a unique opportunity to learn about business customs and practices in different cultures through intensive study and travel in a foreign country. Students will meet with foreign business managers, educators, and government officials to discuss contemporary issues and business practices. In addition, students will study the cultural values and norms of the country being visited and participate in various cultural events and activities. Prior to departure, students are required to have an approved research topic which will be developed during the field study. A research report incorporating the field experiences is due two weeks after the conclusion of the field study.

Course Focus: Looks at the effects of sustainability and European Union integration on marketing activities in Scandanavian countries (Copenhagen and Stockholm). Students will meet with business managers, educators and government officials to discuss business practices. Students will study the cultural values and norms of Sweden and Denmark and participate in various cultural events and activities. Extensive use of Blackboard will be made to provide students with readings, case studies and web-assisted instructional materials. A research report incorporating the field experiences is due two weeks after the conclusion of the field study.

Travel Cost:(in addition to tuition & $100 study abroad fee): $3,850 (approximate and subject to change) Includes airfare, hotel, some meals, and local transportation. Students should budget extra funds for meals. 

Non-refundable deposit of $1,000 due Wednesday, November 29, 2017. Final payment due Friday, January 26, 2018. Field Study Scholarships available; apply online at: . Applications open on October 16, 2017. Prerequisite/Co-requisite: Undergraduate level: MAR 201, junior standing; Graduate level: MBA 622/642. 

PJS 301 “Humanitarianism and International Aid Work” CRN 23355

Instructor: Emily Welty
Day/Time: Mondays 6:10-9:00pm
Description: Many students are interested in international work or volunteering for NGOs abroad. What does it mean to "do good work overseas"? This class analyzes and explores humanitarianism and international peace-building and development work. What does it mean to be an aid worker? What are the ethics and best practices required to work in challenging environments during a conflict or disaster?

SOC 245 “Urban Planning” CRN 21150

Instructor: Professor Levine
Day/Time: Wednesday 1:20-4:20pm
Description: This course will address the history, theory and practice of urban planning. It will examine the physical planning tools, regulations and current professional practices in use in urban communities. Readings and assignments will concentrate on the physical, geographic and built environment of the city and will explore the relationship between the physical nature of urban communities and the equality of urban community life.

WS 270 "A Cultural History of Sexualities from Prehistory to Present" CRN 70499

Instructor: Carolyn Chalker
Day/Time: Online
Description: Changes in sexuality during the 1960's are referred to as the "sexual revolution." Using literature, historical texts and films, this course will examine sexual revolutions in a variety of cultures from prehistory to the present, with special emphasis on how they influence sexual values and practices in our culture today. Prerequisites: ENG120. Minimum Grade of D.

WS 280 "Internship in Women's and Gender Studies" CRN 21874

Instructor: Emily Bent
Day/Time: Wendesday 6:10-9:00 pm
Description: This course is designed for Women's and Gender Studies majors and minors, but is open to all students. Students will work eight hours or more per week in an internship placement. The weekly class meeting will focus on readings and discussions about gender, race, class and labor history, conditions of the contemporary workforce, sexual harassment, the glass ceiling, and the feminization of poverty. Prerequisite: WS215 OR WS215C OR WS266.