ORGSTUDY 420 - Nonprofit Organizations
Section: 001
Term: WN 2018
Subject: Organizational Studies (ORGSTUDY)
Department: LSA Organizational Studies
Waitlist Capacity:
Waitlist Notes:
For questions about the waitlist, please contact the Professor, Jeremy Levine (
With permission of department.
Advisory Prerequisites:
Organizational studies concentrator.
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

Millions of Americans give their time and money every year to nonprofit organizations. Nonprofits have played a key role in American society since the Colonial era, providing a wide range of services and goods that include—but are by no means limited to—medical care, education, the arts, and religion. In this course, students will gain a thorough understanding of the nonprofit sector as well as practical knowledge required to work successfully in a nonprofit organization. In the first half of the course, we will pose and answer questions about the nonprofit sector’s emergence in the United States; its changing relations with government and with the for-profit sector; the current state of the nonprofit sector; and its likely future. Attention to the nature of civil society abroad will shed light on the unique role of nonprofits in the US, while comparative analyses of different domains of US nonprofit activity (the arts, education, healthcare, etc.) will provide an in-depth understanding of the processes and issues that divide and structure the nonprofit sector internally. In the second half of the course, drawing on readings in law, public policy, and business, we will develop practical knowledge of the special challenges that come with managing and working for a nonprofit organization.

Intended Audience:

Organizational Studies students and other advanced undergraduates with an interest in nonprofit organizations.

Class Format:

3 hours/week seminar format

ORGSTUDY 420 - Nonprofit Organizations
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001 (SEM)
TuTh 11:30AM - 1:00PM
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