Courses

Listed below are past and present philanthropy and nonprofit management undergraduate courses offered through the School of Public Policy. Check Testudo for current semester offerings.

Leading and Investing in Social Change: Redefining and Experimenting with Philanthropy (PUAF 359I/HONR359I): At the heart of our undergraduate program is our ‘Leading and Investing in Social Change: Redefining and Experimenting with Philanthropy’ courses, where students learn about the role of philanthropy in American culture and engage in the hands-on experience of establishing and running a philanthropic fund.  Through partnerships with the Honors College and College Park Scholars, hundreds of students across campus have participated in developing a mission, authoring requests for proposals, reviewing applications, interviewing candidates, visiting nonprofit finalists, and ultimately awarding real grants worth thousands of dollars to accomplish an important outcome in the community.  We subsequently partner with our grantees, connecting them with university resources and helping them with projects that align with our students’ skills.  This one-of-a-kind experience has attracted high-caliber students to our program and leading coverage by The Washington Post and The Baltimore Sun.  


Innovation and Social Change: Do Good Now (PUAF388D/BSOS388B/HONR348D): In partnership with President Wallace Loh’s Academy for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, students are introduced to the concept of social innovation while exploring the many mechanisms for achieving social impact. This course deepens the students’ understanding of entrepreneurship and innovation practices by guiding them through the creation and implementation process of a project idea of their choice. Students are encouraged to expand their project and class engagement through competition in the Do Good Challenge . Several groups of students from the course have gone on to become finalists and won the Challenge.