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Undergraduate Course Catalog 2010-2011

Thompson School of Applied Science


Community Leadership (CSL)


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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 demonstrate community service or leadership experience plus strong verbal and written communication skills.

Curriculum Fee

Community Leadership: $62*

*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.

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.

Community leadership Program of Study

First Year, Fall Semester

Abbreviation Course Number Title Credits
COM   209   Expository Writing and Reading   4  
CSL   200   Technology for Community Service & Leadership   2  
CSL   401   Introduction to Community Service & Leadership   4  
MTH   2___   Math I or II (determined by assessment)   3  
SSCI   201   Human Relations   4  

First Year, Spring Semester

Abbreviation Course Number Title Credits
COM   210   Public Speaking   2  
CSL   202   Introduction to Non-Profit Organizations   4  
CSL   203   Organizing & Supervising Volunteers   4  
CSL   205   Communication Within Communities   4  
SSCI   202   Social Issues (or Equivalent)   4  
    Participation in UNH Leadership Program    

Second Year, Fall Semester

Abbreviation Course Number Title Credits
CD   415   Community Development Perspectives (or equivalent)   4  
CSL   207   Non-profit Budgeting and Accounting (or elective)   3  
CSL   208   Essentials of Fundraising for Community-based Organizations   2  
CSL   290   Civic and Community Internship   4  
CSL   291   Studies in Community Leadership-Critical Reading   1  
CSL   292   Studies in Community Leadership-Project Management   2  

Second Year, Spring Semester

Abbreviation Course Number Title Credits
CSL   204   Managing Change & Conflict in Communities   4  
CSL   406   Literature of Family & Community   4  
CSL   209   Essential of Grant Writing for Community-based Organizations   2  
CSL   210   Capstone Seminar   4  
    Elective   4  

Total: 64 - 68 credits

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