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Undergraduate Course Catalog 2015-2016

Thompson School of Applied Science


Community Leadership (CSL)


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Professor: Timothy E. Barretto

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 providers..

Admissions Requirements

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.

Curriculum Fee

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.   

Career Opportunities:

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

Abbreviation Course Number Title Credits
COM   209   Expository Writing and Reading   4  
CSL   401   Introduction to Community Service & Leadership   4  
CSL   405   Communication within Communities   4  
MTH   202   College Algebra   3  
TSAS   405   Computers in the Workplace   2  

First Year, Spring Semester

Abbreviation Course Number Title Credits
ABM   508   Managerial Accounting   4  
COM   210   Public Speaking   3  
CSL   402   Introduction to Non-Profit Organizations   4  
CSL   403   Organizing & Supervising Volunteers   4  
    Elective (determined with advisor)   2 - 4  


Second Year, Fall Semester

Abbreviation Course Number Title Credits
CEP   415   Community Development Perspectives (or equivalent)   4  
CSL   508   Essentials of Fundraising for Community-based Organizations   2  
CSL   510   Civic and Community Internship   4  
SSCI   201   Human Relations (OR similar course)   4  
    Elective (determined with adviser)   2 - 4  

Second Year, Spring Semester

Abbreviation Course Number Title Credits
CSL   504   Managing Change & Conflict in Communities   4  
CSL   506   Literature of Family & Community   4  
CSL   509   Essentials of Grant Writing for Community-based Organizations   2  
CSL   520   Capstone Seminar   4  
    Elective   4  

Total: 64 - 68 credits

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