Nonprofit Studies Minor

Nonprofit organizations serve some of the most diverse populations in the world. These organizations need exceptional employees who have an in-depth knowledge of the nonprofit industry at the local, state, national, and international levels.

A minor in Nonprofit Studies prepares students for careers in the nonprofit sector. Available to all undergraduate students at Kent State University, graduates of this program come from a variety of majors, including:

  • Business
  • Communications
  • Education
  • Fashion
  • Gerontology
  • Health Sciences
  • Human Development and Family Studies
  • Nursing
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Public Health
  • Recreation, Park and Tourism Management
  • Theatre and Dance
  • and many more!

This program allows students to gain real world experience with nonprofit organizations through a practicum experience. Former students have completed their practicums locally as well as abroad. You may consider completing your practicum at any nonprofit organization in the world. Much of the coursework can be completed online and many of the 18 minimum total credit hours can be counted toward a student's major.

Students in this minor are prepared for careers at a variety of nonprofit organizations. It is important for individuals considering careers in the nonprofit sector to understand the unique structure of these organizations in comparison to for-profit businesses. This minor will enhance the employability of students in the growing field of Nonprofit Studies.

Students will acquire knowledge in a variety of key areas, including:

  • Advocacy and Lobbying
  • Board Development
  • Collaborations, Partnerships and Mergers
  • Conflict Management
  • Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
  • Ethics and Professional Standards
  • Financial Management
  • Grant Writing and Fundraising
  • Leadership and Governance 
  • Marketing and Communications
  • Program Planning
  • Risk Management
  • Technology and Social Media

Declare a Minor in nonprofit studies

To declare a minor, schedule an appointment with your current advisor through FlashLine. Have questions scheduling your appointment? Contact the Vacca Office of Student Services by emailing oss@kent.edu or by calling 330.672.2862.

Post-undergraduate subsequent minor

Students who have graduated with a bachelor's degree from Kent State may also earn a "Subsequent Minor" by registering for the additional coursework that would be needed to earn a minor in Nonprofit Studies as a post-undergraduate.


Have questions? Please contact Kathy Bergh, Program Director of the Minor in Nonprofit Studies: kbergh@kent.edu or 330-672-5380.