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Undergraduate Course Catalog 2008-2009

Thompson School of Applied Science


Community Leadership (CSL)


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Associate Professor: Timothy E. Barretto, M. Katharine Hanson

The award-winning 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, nonprofit organization management, and general education. (The Community Leadership program was the recipient of the 2007 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, community placements, and individualized plans of study, 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.

Admissions Requirements
Applicants to the Community Leadership program area must present at least two years of satisfactory work in college preparatory mathematics and possess strong community service or leadership experience plus strong verbal and written communication skills.

Curriculum Fee
Community Leadership: $56*

*This one-time, nonrefundable curriculum fee is required to cover lab materials, specialized equipment maintenance, and transportation that is unique to the applied nature of the specialization. The curriculum fee covers the entire two-year course of study for one specialization. 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 Program of Study
First Year, Fall Semester
COM 209, Expository Writing and Reading, 4 cr.
SSCI 201, Human Relations, 4 cr.
CSL 201, Introduction to Community Service and Leadership, 4 cr.
CSL 200, Technology for Community Service and Leadership, 2 cr.
MTH, Mathematics, 3 cr.

First Year, Spring Semester
SSCI 202, Social Issues, 4 cr., or equivalent course determined in consultation with adviser
COM 210, Public Speaking, 2 cr.
CSL 205, Communication within Communities 4 cr.
CSL 202, Introduction to Nonprofit Organizations, 4 cr.
CSL 203, Organizing and Supervising Volunteers, 4 cr.

Second Year, Fall Semester

CSL 207, Introduction to Nonprofit Budgeting and Accounting Practices, 3 cr.
ABM 215, Business and Community, 4 cr., or CD 415 Community Development, 4 cr.
CSL 204, Managing Change and Conflict in Communities, 4 cr.
COM 211, Critical Reading, 2 cr.
CSL 290, Civic and Community Internship, 2-4 cr., or Electives, 2-4 cr.
Documented participation in one of the UNH Leadership Centers Programs

Second Year, Second Semester

CSL 206, Literature of Family and Community, 4 cr.
CSL 208, Essentials of Fund Raising for Community-Based Organizations, 2 cr.
CSL 209, Essentials of Grant Writing for Community-Based Organizations, 2 cr.
CSL 210, Community Service and Leadership Capstone Seminar, 4 cr.
Elective, 4 cr.

Total: 64-68 credits

Career Opportunities: volunteer manager, grant writer, lobbyist, public relations and marketing assistant, event planner, outreach coordinator, fundraiser/development specialist, publications media assistant, community organizer, staff supervisor.

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