Make an impact serving diverse populations and communities.
Through our Bachelor of Arts program, you'll develop the strategic leadership, management, analytical thinking, and public policy-making skills needed to address the issues and challenges that affect today's local, state and global communities.
You'll explore perspectives on nonprofit action, philanthropy, citizenship and democracy, and become an expert in the study, development and enhancement of communities by:
- gaining knowledge in diverse fields and academic disciplines to help you understand the complex challenges facing today’s communities and how to develop policy solutions
- serving as a “community scholar” by engaging in service-learning projects that will allow you to apply what you’ve learned in the classroom to actual community organizations
- enhancing your understanding of the challenges facing global communities and learn how to conduct outreach and advocate for change in those communities.
This program can prepare you for exciting, challenging career opportunities, such as:
- grant writer
- nonprofit manager
- community organizer
- government affairs manager
- public relations specialist
- program analyst
- community outreach coordinator
- evaluation researcher
- business owner/entrepreneur.
Learning By Serving
You'll explore the dynamics of civic engagement and citizenship through your capstone service-learning courses:
- a field study or internship with a community organization
- and a senior project that integrates a little bit of everything, including what you've learned in the classroom, on site and through research.
By the time you graduate, you'll have spent at least 300 hours serving your community.
"The Nonprofit Management and Community Leadership program has taught me to be patient, punctual and humble, and I've learned so much about non-profit work and how much dedication and time it takes to complete initiatives and get funding. The program helped me develop time management and organizational leadership skills, and UB's connections in the community have exposed me to many internships, service-learning opportunities and community partnerships. After I graduate I plan to pursue my master's degree in higher education and eventually work in student affairs, while continuing to volunteer and maybe even sit on the board of a non-profit. I am grateful for my experience at UB and happy that I chose this major!"
Day and evening classes are available. Take classes in-person, online or both. Enroll full- or part-time.