The need for thoughtful, well-educated leaders in a variety of nonprofit sectors–e.g., advocacy, cultural, social welfare, educational, and philanthropic organizations–is growing. Nonprofits employ around 10% of the American workforce, and over 18% of the workforce in New York State. There are nearly two million nonprofits in the US, with over $1 trillion in revenue and $4 trillion in assets. Our region has a particularly large number of such organizations and, according to data collected from Pace University’s Careers Services Department, in recent years approximately 33% of Dyson majors were employed in the nonprofit sector after graduation.
A Minor in Nonprofit Studies, the courses it includes, and the internships and professional opportunities offered by our partners in the Wilson Center for Social Entrepreneurship, will equip you with the knowledge and hands on experience needed to succeed in careers in foundations, human services, economic development, advocacy organizations, museums, the arts and environmental organizations. You will learn how to do well by doing good. This minor is open to undergraduate students from all Pace University programs and colleges.
This minor requires that you take two courses in Public Administration at the graduate level, which will help you get a head start on a future masters in public administration (MPA). In addition, you can choose between two tracks: The Global Nonprofit Sector Track or the NYC and Urban Nonprofit Sector Track. See here for more information.
By completing the requirements for this Minor, you will:
Complete a volunteer placement or internship
Acquire professional skills appropriate to this career focus, including exposure to the following: grant writing, resource development and fundraising, program evaluation, case studies of nonprofits, and the knowledge of nonprofit law
Develop an understanding of the relationship between nonprofit organizations and community development
Acquire an understanding of the impact of the nonprofit sector on the development or implementation of public policy
Be able to describe some of the differences between the work done by international philanthropic or advocacy organizations, and the local nonprofit sector.