Nonprofit Organizations

Eleanor Townsley, Nexus director

Michael Robinson, track chair

217G Dwight Hall

Overview and Contact Information

The Nonprofit Organizations Nexus focuses on the study of organizational settings in the nonprofit sector. The word “nonprofit” refers to a type of business—one which is organized under rules that forbid the distribution of profits to owners. The Internal Revenue Service describes nonprofit organizations as serving charitable, religious, scientific, or educational purposes. Nonprofit organizations include global nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) such as Oxfam and Greenpeace as well as local community organizations such as the Food Bank of Western Massachusetts and Historic Northampton Museum. Students may pursue internships with nonprofit organizations to complete the experiential requirement for this Nexus.

See Also


This area of study is administered by the following Nexus track chairs:

Michael Robinson, Professor of Economics

Rick Feldman, Lecturer in Entrepreneurship, Organizations and Society; Entrepreneurship Coordinator

Requirements for the Nexus

A minimum of 18 credits:

Three courses above the 100 level chosen from the list of courses approved for this Nexus12
One approved 300-level course from the list of courses approved for this Nexus4
Completion of the UAF application stages 1 and 2 1
A substantive internship
COLL-211Reflecting Back: Connecting Internship and Research to Your Liberal Arts Education2
A presentation at LEAP Symposium
Total Credits18

Additional Specifications

  • In selecting courses from the approved list for the track, students will complete at least one course particular to nonprofit organizations and will generally also select one of the approved EOS (Entrepreneurship, Organizations, and Society) courses
  • The sequence of a Nexus is part of what makes it unique. UAF application stages 1 and 2 must be completed before the internship or research project. COLL-211 is taken after the internship or research project and culminates in a presentation at LEAP Symposium.

Courses Counting toward the Nexus

Courses other than those listed below may count toward the Nexus. Students should consult the Nexus track chair for consideration of courses not on the list.

ANTHR-212Shopping and Swapping: Cultures of Consumption and Exchange4
College(Interdeptmnt) Courses
COLL-211Reflecting Back: Connecting Internship and Research to Your Liberal Arts Education2
ECON-110Introductory Economics4
ECON-215Economics of Corporate Finance4
ECON-249METopics in Economics: 'Managerial Economics'4
ECON-280Non-Profit Business Practice4
ECON-307Seminar in Industrial Organization4
ECON-310Seminar in Public Economics4
ECON-335Advanced Corporate Finance4
Entrepreneurship, Orgs & Soc
EOS-210Opportunities, Impact and Social Entrepreneurship4
EOS-229Enterprise Startups and Social Entrepreneurship4
EOS-239Fundamentals of Business Organizations and Finance4
EOS-249Ethics in Entrepreneurship and Business4
EOS-299NDTopic: 'Individuals and Organizations'4
PSYCH-212Individuals and Organizations4