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Building a Career in a Nonprofit Corporation (9 credit hours)
(available at undergraduate and graduate level)

This certificate provides instruction on how to become a social entrepreneur and build a good-paying career within the world of nonprofit organizations. A social entrepreneur is a person who uses innovation to find new ways to help a category of people in need, and here are examples of categories of people in need: abandoned children, the homeless, and teens considering suicide - and there are hundreds of other categories of people in need who could be helped.

This certificate helps students build skills for working within existing nonprofit corporations, or starting their own nonprofit. The world is open to this type of innovation. Our society and world are in need of more people stepping forward to assist others in need, and this training can help you build a career in the U.S. or another nation.

SOC 365 Social Entrepreneurship and Grassroots Social Action 3 credit hours
SOC 680 Nonprofit Organizations 3 credit hours
SOC 681 NGOs - Global Social Innovation 3 credit hours
  Total Credit Hours 9 credit hours

The Building a Career in a Nonprofit Corporation certificate is available online through the Virtual College. For more information, contact Dr. Keith Campbell (, who coordinates this certificate program.

Upon completion of the requirements: It is the responsibility of the student to inform the coordinator of the certificate program that he or she has completed the certificate requirements. Your certificate will not be awarded until you have completed the requirements and informed your coordinator of same. To ensure there is enough time to process your certificate, please inform your coordinator by the 21st day of the semester in which the certificate is to be awarded.

In order to verify certificate completion, the student must go into his/her TigerTracks account, where the unofficial transcript can be found. From the unofficial transcript available to students, copy and paste each course completed toward the certificate (with grade earned showing) into an e-mail to be sent to the coordinator of the certificate. The student's e-mail note to the certificate coordinator should begin with an expression of the certificate earned, followed by the courses completed as documented from the unofficial transcript. In addition, please provide the name that you would like printed on the certificate - as in first name, with or without a middle initial, last name, or any variation of such, and your mailing address.

In summary, please e-mail your certificate coordinator with:

  • The certificate name.
  • The courses completed from your unofficial transcript.
  • Your name presented as you like for your certificate.
  • Your mailing address.


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