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Bring new perspectives to your area of study and broaden your career opportunities by adding a minor.

The School offers three undergraduate minors that provide you the opportunity to go outside your selected major and explore new ideas, skills and ways of thinking.

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Nonprofit Leadership and Social Innovation

Engage in hands-on learning to enhance your knowledge of local, national and global issues by minoring in Nonprofit Leadership and Social Innovation. You will examine different approaches to social impact and study the role of the nonprofit, non-governmental and social sectors, in addition to social innovation, leadership and nonprofit management skills. Students study the role of the nonprofit, NGO, and social sector, as well as social innovation, leadership, and the skills required for effective nonprofit management. 

The Nonprofit Leadership and Social Innovation minor requires the completion of at least 15 credits, including 3 core courses and 2 elective courses. No course may be used to satisfy the requirements of more than one minor, and at least nine credits must be at the 300-400 level. All courses must be passed with a grade of C- or better.

This minor is open to all undergraduates on campus, regardless of major. Students who want to take a deeper dive, can pursue the Major in Public Policy with a focus on Nonprofit Leadership and Social Innovation.

You must complete the following courses:

  • PLCY213 Foundations of Nonprofit Leadership and Social Innovation
  • PLCY310 Nonprofit Leadership and Social Innovation in Action

And one of the following:

  • PLCY215 Innovation and Social Change: Creating Change for Good
  • PLCY388D Innovation and Social Change: Do Good Now
  • BSOS388B Behavioral and Social Sciences Special Topics: Innovation and Social Change - Do Good Now
  • HONR348D Advanced Honors Seminar: Innovation and Social Change - Do Good Now
  • ENME467 Engineering for Social Change

See the full list of approved courses that you can use to satisfy the elective course requirement.

Questions?

Contact us at nplminor@umd.edu or visit us during office hours.


Public Leadership

Explore the complex issues that face leaders around the world by minoring in Public Leadership. You will be empowered to think critically about the solutions needed for a range of pressing problems, examining such issues as democratization and human rights, crime and punishment, diversity and affirmative action, and poverty and inequality. In addition to exploring the issues, you will engage in critical questions and learning about leadership for the public good and effective citizenship.

The Public Leadership minor requires the completion of 15 credits, including 3 credits of core courses, 6 credits of signature courses and 6 credits of elective courses. No course may be used to satisfy the requirements of more than one minor, and no more than 6 credits may overlap between your major and the Public Leadership minor (unless otherwise approved by your major). At least nine credits must be at the 300-400 level. All courses must be passed with a grade of C- or better, and a minimum C (2.00) cumulative grade point average across all courses used to satisfy the minor is required.

You must complete one of the following:

  • PLCY201 Leadership for the Common Good
  • PLCY302 Leadership: Philosophy, Policy and Praxis 

See the full list of approved courses that you can use to satisfy the signature course requirement.

See the full list of approved courses that you can use to satisfy the elective course requirement.

Questions?

Contact us at plminor@umd.edu or visit us during office hours.


Sustainability Minor

Examine the complexities and conflicts in meeting the needs of the present generation without compromising the ability of future generations to do the same by minoring in Sustainability. You will grapple with an evolving area of inquiry that is gaining increasing interest from businesses, government agencies and non-governmental organizations around the world, and enhance your ability to critically think and advance solutions to issues that impact the environment, the economy and social equity.

The Sustainability minor requires the completion of 15 credits, including 1 core course, 1 approved course from each thematic area (Science and Technology, Policy and Institutions, and Social and Human Dimensions), and 3 credits from an approved course, internship, or study abroad experience. No course may be used to satisfy the requirements of more than one minor, and no more than 6 credits may overlap between your major and the Sustainability minor. At least nine credits must be at the 300-400 level. 

You must complete the following course:

You must complete one approved course from each of three thematic areas:

  • Science and Technology
  • Policy and Institutions
  • Social and Human Dimensions

See the full list of approved courses that you can use to satisfy the thematic area course requirement.

See the full list of approved courses that you can use to satisfy the elective course requirement.

Experiential learning is an important part of the Sustainability Studies minor, which is why we have approved several study abroad courses for the minor. Studying abroad is a great, unique way to get hands-on experience and deepen your understanding of sustainability and what it means to different people and cultures around the world.

The Office of International Affairs has a list of all study abroad opportunities available on campus. Many of these study abroad trips can be used for the Sustainability Studies Minor. New programs are available every year, so keep your eyes open, and if you see a trip that fits your interests, let us know. We will work with you to get the most out of your time abroad.

Send us an email if you are interested in studying abroad for the minor. All courses must be pre-approved by the Sustainability Studies office for the course to count towards the completion of the minor.

Questions?

Contact us at susminor@umd.edu or visit us during office hours.


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