Nonprofit and NGO Studies (B.A or B.S.)

Why Study Nonprofit and NGO Studies at NIU?

NIU’s Nonprofit and NGO Studies program is unique in that it combines the “why” nonprofits do what they do with the “what” they do. The program is interdisciplinary, meaning you’ll be exposed to a wide variety of subject areas including sociology, public administration, communications, anthropology and political science.

The degree is designed to match your personal passion and interests, and allows you to customize your degree to your particular area of interest by taking elective courses. Typical Nonprofit and NGO Studies graduates pursue rewarding careers in the public and nonprofit sectors in the fields of management/administration, program design and delivery, fundraising and development, volunteer management, community development, and communications. The nonprofit sector is one of the fastest growing job sectors in the United States and offers a wide variety of career opportunities.

Student Quotes

“Coming to NIU I learned that the sky is the limit. It was here at NIU that I learned what is my purpose in life. My future is unlimited.”

Careers with a Nonprofit and NGO Studies Degree

Careers possibilities for community leadership and civic engagement degree holders are varied and range from chief operating officers to event planners to policy analysts.

Nonprofit and NGO Studies Faculty

Our awarding-winning faculty teaching courses in CLCE possess diverse expertise, research interests and involvement in projects such as creating partnerships with museums, cultural institutions and individuals around the world. Specific areas of interest within the faculty include:

  • Cambodian culture.
  • Supporting development in Tanzania.
  • Developing nonprofit partnerships locally.

Hands-on Learning Opportunities

As a student in our program, you can take advantage of our Center for Nonprofit and NGO Studies This center serves nonprofit leaders, researchers, students and faculty, and attempts to help strengthen the nonprofit sector. Research opportunities abound even for undergrads through programs such as:

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