Undergraduate Course Catalog 2014-2015
Thompson School of Applied Science
Professor: Timothy E. Barretto, M. Katharine Hanson
The community leadership program (CSL) prepares students for influential roles within community organizations by combining hands-on community outreach with an academic study of communities, leadership, citizen influence, and nonprofit organization management, in addition to general education. The community leadership program is a past recipient of the Spirit of New Hampshire Champion Award for Higher Education.
Students participate in faculty-supervised community outreach in a wide variety of locations, including schools and other learning-focused agencies, crisis shelters, environmental organizations, animal care facilities, nursing homes, advocacy programs, town offices, citizen groups, and other community-related organizations.
Through their coursework and community placements, students learn how to supervise volunteers, facilitate effective meetings, speak comfortably and knowledgeably to groups of various sizes, analyze community issues and their causes, manage financial information, organize projects and events, research and prepare grant proposals, create effective newsletters, influence public opinion, and organize people to work toward positive solutions for shared problems.
The community leadership program is designed to flexibly and effectively meet the needs of a diverse group of students including recent high school graduates as well as experienced community service workers.
Applicants to the community leadership program area must present college preparatory English and at least two years of satisfactory work in college preparatory mathematics, and demonstrate community service or leadership experience plus strong verbal and written communication skills.
Community leadership: $70*
*This one-time curriculum fee is required to cover course materials that are unique to the applied nature of the concentration. The curriculum fee covers the entire two-year course of study for one concentration. Any non-TSAS student may be assessed specific course fees, details of which are included in each semester's Time and Room Schedule. All fees are subject to change.
Community Leadership Curriculum Standards
Community leadership students must maintain a minimum 2.0 cumulative grade-point average in required major classes after two semesters (minimum 26 credits) to take additional required CSL classes. Students with cumulative major course averages less than 2.0 must repeat classes with lower grades and raise their average to the required 2.0 before taking additional major classes. Students must have a minimum cumulative 2.0 grade-point average in required major classes to qualify for graduation from the program.
Volunteer manager, grant writer, lobbyist, public relations and marketing assistant, event planner, outreach coordinator, fundraiser/development specialist, publications media assistant, community organizer, or staff supervisor.
Community Leadership Program of Study
First Year, Fall Semester
|COM||209||Expository Writing and Reading||4|
|CSL||401||Introduction to Community Service & Leadership||4|
|CSL||405||Communication within Communities||4|
|TSAS||205||Computers in the Workplace||2|
First Year, Spring Semester
|CSL||402||Introduction to Non-Profit Organizations||4|
|CSL||403||Organizing & Supervising Volunteers||4|
|SSCI||201*||Human Relations or similar elective (determined with advisor)||4|
|SSCI||202*||Social Issues or equivalent||4|
* One of these SSCI courses is required.
Second Year, Fall Semester
|ABM||205||Applied Financial Accounting||4|
|CEP||415||Community Development Perspectives (or equivalent)||4|
|CSL||407||Non-profit Budgeting and Accounting OR||3|
|CSL||490||Civic and Community Internship||4|
|CSL||508||Essentials of Fundraising for Community-based Organizations||2|
Second Year, Spring Semester
|CSL||404||Managing Change & Conflict in Communities||4|
|CSL||406||Literature of Family & Community||4|
|CSL||509||Essentials of Grant Writing for Community-based Organizations||2|
Total: 64 - 68 credits