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Course Descriptions


NPA 702: Development of Philanthropy and Nonprofit Organizations
A foundation course examining the origins and societal role of private nonprofit organizations including their social, political, economic, cultural, and ideological importance in American society.

NPA 703: Administrative Law and Nonprofit Organizations   
A survey of legal concepts which affect the administration of human services from constitutional, statutory and common or case law. Particular emphasis will be given to such topics as: organization, authority and procedures of administrative agencies; judicial review of administrative decisions; tort liability; civil rights and legislation; client rights and privacy, contracts, employee relations and due process.

NPA 706: Nonprofit Administration Research Methods
An exploration of research techniques and procedures most applicable to nonprofit organizations with special emphasis on program evaluation.

NPA 708: Nonprofit Administration Theory and Research
This course explores theories and research related to the administration of nonprofit organizations. Students will spend time solving case studies on a range of topics such as mission statements, structural analysis, and human resource management among others.

NPA: 710: Nonprofit Human Resource Administration
Current issues in human resource administration for employees of nonprofit organizations. Topics include such areas as recruitment, staff development, performance, evaluation, labor-management issues, and affirmative action.

NPA 734: Nonprofit Governance and Decision Making
Analysis of the respective roles of board, executive director, staff and volunteers in nonprofit organizations. Techniques for achieving effective board meetings and committee work, the development of board members, and policy development.

NPA 761: Nonprofit Financial Management    
The conceptual and technical skills needed to manage financial and strategic control problems facing human service administrators. Topics to be addressed include financial planning and strategy, financial reports, types and sources of funding, cash management, banking relations, liabilities, investment policies and procedures, safeguarding assets, and financial policies.

NPA: 762: Nonprofit Resource Development    
An exploration of the theory, research, and best practice techniques on resource development for nonprofit organizations. Topics to be addressed include management of fund development, ethics and governance issues, environment and institutional readiness, annual giving programs, major gifts, audiences and environments, and support ingredients for successful fundraising.

SOCL 620: Social Institutions
Analysis of major social institutions such as education, family, politics, and religion.



NPA 763: Seminar in Planned Giving
An exploration of aspects of planned giving. Major topics explored are types of planned giving, deferred gifts, a profile of planned givers, the motivations for planned giving, planners and their role, the giver and charitable institution connection, estate planning and planned giving, acknowledgments and recognition, the role of charitable boards, the role of chief executives, and the role of the planned giving professional.

NPA 764: Seminar in Development
An exploration of selected topics on fundraising which draws upon the research and theory of physiology, organizational behavior, and management. Topics to be explored include: why people give, organizational strategies to maximize giving, shaping roles for giving within an organization, strategic organizations of various size, and future directions.


NPA 780: Structure and Process in Nonprofit Administration
The capstone of the nonprofit administration program, this course examines organizational behavior, structure, processes, and change as influenced by the practice of management. Implications of organizational design are explored. Applications are made to nonprofit organizations.

NPA 799: Thesis
One to six credits in research per semester. Final grade is on a pass/no credit basis.

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