Philanthropy and Nonprofit Studies Minor

Currently there are approximately 1.6 million nonprofit organizations in the United States, one of the largest employment sectors in the American workforce. Upon completion of this undergraduate minor, students are educated as future leaders and participants in the philanthropic and nonprofit process. Furthermore, they become more competitive candidates for careers and graduate education in the areas of nonprofit studies. Employment opportunities could include executive and program directors, program officers for corporate and/or private foundations, fundraisers and grant writers.

Student Learning Outcomes:

  1. Students will be able to analyze a nonprofit organization in terms of its mission, vision, goals, organizational structure, operating policies, scope of influence and impact.
  2. Students will be able to understand and articulate the role of goal setting as a means to wealth management and philanthropic commitment.
  3. Students will be able to identify career opportunities related to the philanthropic and nonprofit sectors.

Required Courses for Minor:

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  1. Philanthropy and Nonprofit Studies and Service Learning: (9 Hours- Required)
    CADS 2700/2703 Introduction to Nonprofit Organizations (3)
    CADS 3700/3703/3707 Gender, Wealth, and Philanthropy (3)
    CADS 4910 Practicum in Philanthropy and Nonprofit Organizations (3)

  2. DISCIPLINARY SUPPORT (Select a minimum of 6 hours from the list below. At least 3 hours must be at the 3000 level or above.)
    CADS 2000/2003/2007 Global Consumer Culture (3)
    CADS 3940 Study and Travel in Consumer and Design Sciences: Philanthropy and Nonprofit Org. Tour (3)
    HDFS 3930 Service Learning in HDFS (3)
    HDFS 4500 Hospitalized Children and Their Families (3)
    HDFS 4670 Parent Education (3)
    HDFS 4680 Family in Cross-Cultural Perspective (3)
    HDFS 5300 Family and Social Policy (3)
    HUSC 2000/2003/2007 Hunger: Causes, Consequences and Responses (3)
    NTRI 4620 Public Health Nutrition (3)
    NTRI 3940 Community Service in Nutrition (3)
    HRMT 5460 Catering and Event Management (1)
    HRMT 5461 Catering and Event Management Lab (2)
    ACCT 2810 Fundamentals in Accounting (3)

Admission to the Philanthropy and Nonprofit Studies Minor:

The Philanthropy and Nonprofit Studies Minor is open to all Auburn University undergraduate students. Students must earn a minimum overall grade point average of 2.0 on all course work in the minor. For information about the Philanthropy and Nonprofit Studies Minor, please contact the College of Human Sciences Academic Affairs Office at 334-844-4790 or Dr. Carol Warfield, Head, Department of Consumer and Design Sciences at 334-844-4084 or

Practicum in the Philanthropy and Nonprofit Studies:

Click here for more information on the Practicum in Philanthropy and Nonprofit Stuides or contact Samantha Allbrook at or (334) 844-3524.