Major Requirements – Nonprofit Leadership Concentration

These requirements will apply to students enrolling at AU in the 2018-2019 academic year. Current students can find the requirements that apply to them by consulting the relevant academic catalog.

The Nonprofit Leadership concentration is designed to better prepare students for professional careers in the nonprofit industry and other social service sectors, including charitable institutions, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), hospitals and health care groups, conservation groups, and other nonprofits. 

Students will be grounded in the core principles of the nonprofit industry as well as the inner-workings of managing a nonprofit organization.  The sequence of courses focuses on developing professional skills valuable within the nonprofit industry such as fundraising strategies, volunteer management, grant writing, and strategic planning.  Additionally, students will gain proficiency in communication and public relations’ techniques, cultural competency and diversity, and be better prepared for leading and developing successful nonprofit programs. 

Aurora University has built a competency-based, contemporary curriculum that reflects current standards in the nonprofit world and provides AU students with valuable connections to the youth and social service sector workforce.  By doing so, AU has partnered with the very selective, leading nonprofit career preparation organization in the country, the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance (NLA).  In addition to receiving a bachelor’s degree from AU, students who fulfill the requirements of the nonprofit leadership concentration will be eligible to pursue the nonprofit industry’s most recognizable credential, the Certified Nonprofit Professional (CNP), through the NLA.  Individuals conferred with a CNP credential are seven times more likely to rise to “director-level” positions in nonprofit industries such as charitable organizations, youth/social services, higher education, education management, hospitals, and health care.

Required Core Courses: 24 semester hours

Leadership Studies majors must complete all the following courses in addition to those identified in the concentrations:

  • COM3200 Persuasion (4)
  • LED1500 Foundations of Leadership (4)
  • LED2100 Leadership Ethics (4)
  • LED3880 Leadership Principles in Practice (4)
  • SOC/PSC3480 Globalization and Social Change (4)

Choose one of the following courses:

  • LED4940 Leadership Studies Internship (4)
  • LED4990 Applied Leadership Studies Capstone (4)

In addition to completing the core courses, students must complete either the global service or nonprofit leadership concentration. 

Nonprofit Leadership Concentration: Minimum of 16 semester hours
This concentration is appropriate for students seeking to apply for the external Certi ed Nonpro t Professional credential (CNP), conferred by the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance.

Required Courses:

  • BUS4200 Not-for-Profit Strategic Management (4)
  • LED2320 Introduction to Nonprofit Leadership (4)

Choose one of the following courses:

  • COM1550 Professional Communication (4)
  • COM2240 Public Relations Issues (4)

Choose one of the following courses:

  • ACC2010 Principles of Financial Accounting (4)
  • ACC2020 Principles of Managerial Accounting (4)