Undergraduate Programs

Student Learning Outcomes

Bachelor of Arts in Philanthropic Studies (B.A.)

Students completing the Philanthropic Studies B.A. program will achieve the following:

  • Know
  • basic facts, concepts, terms, and theories about philanthropy, nonprofit organizations, and civil society;
  • the historical dimensions of philanthropic traditions in the United States and the current trends of philanthropy in contemporary society; and
  • ethical frameworks and concepts that form the basis for philanthropic activity in society.
  • Understand
  • relationships among individuals, nonprofit organizations, advocacy groups, and public policy as they address social issues;
  • major theories that provide insight into and shape research on voluntary action and nonprofit organizations; and
  • how knowledge and skills gained through coursework and experience can be used to serve others, address social issues, and improve society.;
  • Be able to
  • read, analyze, synthesize, evaluate, discuss, and critically reflect upon texts in terms of meaning and implications for new action;
  • find quality information and data, drawing on primary and secondary sources, to support positions and propose recommendations through written and oral communication;
  • express ideas, listen to diverse perspectives, build consensus, and work with others across differences to achieve a common good; and
  • articulate personal values and commitments to act ethically to achieve educational and professional goals.