Minor in Nonprofit Studies

Nonprofit organizations significantly contribute to the provision of human services, access to the arts, education, recreation and health care, and protection of the environment. Effective nonprofit organizations provide direct services, influence public policy and build a civil society. The interdisciplinary minor in nonprofit studies is designed to introduce students to the theoretical foundations and practical skills needed to be successful in this sector. Through heavy emphasis on experiential learning with the many excellent nonprofit organizations in our region, students learn to apply theory within the context of today's complex and rapidly changing environment.

Students completing the Nonprofit Fellows program will have completed the requirements to earn the minor in Nonprofit Studies.


All students have opportunities to

  • conduct independent research
  • engage in globally-related activities through coursework and language study at Mason and abroad
  • participate in many forms of public service
  • prepare for their future careers through internships, career-focused minors and other college-to-career activities