University of Oregon

Planning, Public Policy and Management

Minor in Nonprofit Administration

The Department of Planning, Public Policy and Management offers a minor of special value to students interested in a career in the nonprofit sector. Through the minor, students can enhance their undergraduate education to include preparation for occupations and graduate study in nonprofit administration. Nonprofit organizations comprise one of the fastest growing employment sectors in the country, creating a high demand for graduates with skills to work for these diverse and exciting organizations.

Nonprofit Minor Brochure (PDF)

Minor in Nonprofit Administration

The minor in Nonprofit Administration requires 25 credits as outlined below:

REQUIRED CORE COURSES (17 credits) The core courses must be taken for letter grades and passed with grades of C- or better. 

  • PPPM 280 (4 cr) Introduction to the Nonprofit Sector (winter)
  • PPPM 422 (1 cr) Grant Proposal Writing (fall, winter, spring, summer)
  • PPPM 480 (4 cr) Nonprofit Management (spring) [prereq: PPPM 280.]
  • PPPM 481 (4 cr) Fundraising for Nonprofit Organizations (winter, summer)
  • PPPM 484 (4 cr) Public and Nonprofit Financial Management (spring)

ELECTIVE COURSES (8 credits). Choose from among the courses listed below. Other elective courses may be substituted with departmental permission (must be 300 level or higher and must be related to nonprofit administration). Check major department for restrictions.

Nonprofit Elective Courses in PPPM

  • PPPM 201 (4 cr) Introduction to Public Policy*
  • PPPM 325 (4 cr) Community Leadership & Change
  • PPPM 327 (4 cr) Global Leadership & Change
  • PPPM 404 (4-8 cr) Internship [Prereq: 412. Note: must be a supervised internship through PPPM and must be with a nonprofit organization]
  • PPPM 407 (2 cr) SEM: Volunteer Resource Management
  • PPPM 407 (4 cr) SEM: Strategic Communications Management
  • PPPM 412 (1 cr) Internship and Professional Development
  • PPPM 418 (4 cr) Introduction to Public Law
  • PPPM 425 (4 cr) Project Management
  • PPPM 426 (4 cr) Strategic Planning for Management
  • PPPM 432 (4 cr) Justice and Urban Revitalization
  • PPPM 446 (4 cr) Socioeconomic Development Planning
  • PPPM 460 (4 cr) Health Policy
  • PPPM 465 (4 cr) Program Evaluation
  • PPPM 486 (2 cr) Philanthropy and Grant Making
  • PPPM 494 (4 cr) Practice of Leadership and Change

*Note: A maximum of 4 lower-division credits may apply to the elective requirement.


Nonprofit Elective Satisfying Courses in Other Departments**

  • AAD 312 (4 cr) Arts Management
  • AAD 420 (4 cr) Event Management
  • J 340 (4 cr) Principles of Advertising
  • J 350 (4 cr) Principles of Public Relations
  • BA 316 (4 cr) Mgmt: Valu thru People
  • BA 317 (4 cr) Mkt: Valu for Customer
  • EC 440 (4 cr) Iss Public Economics
  • EC 430 (4 cr) Urban & Region Ec Prob

PPPM majors may also complete the nonprofit minor with additional PPPM credits. Eight PPPM credits can count toward the major and the minor, requiring an additional 17 credits to complete both the PPPM major and NPA minor (77 credits total).

**Note: Students are allowed to apply up to 4 credits of non-PPPM courses to the elective requirement.

Declaring the Minor

To add the Minor in Nonprofit Administration, please print the following form and submit it to the department office, 119 Hendricks Hall:
Change Major/Minor (PDF)

Track your progress in the minor using the appropriate progress tracking sheet here:

NPA Minor Progress Sheet (PDF)

For More Info:

  • Visit the PPPM Undergraduate Advising GTF in 147D Hendricks Hall. (Check door sign for drop-in office hours; email or call (541) 346-3649 for an appointment.)
  • Try it out! If you haven't already, take PPPM 280-Intro to the Nonprofit Sector (offered winter term, this is a Social Science Group Satisfying Course and prerequisite for PPPM 480), or take another PPPM nonprofit-oriented course.

Undergraduate Programs

PPPM Major (/undergrad/major)

PPPM Minor (/undergrad/minor)

Nonprofit Administration Minor (/undergrad/nonprofit)

Honors Thesis (/undergrad/honors)

This page was updated July 7, 2015

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