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Minor in Philanthropic Studies

Philanthropic Studies provides a theoretical framework and practical knowledge about voluntary action and organizations that support the giving of "time, talent, and treasure in society." The undergraduate minor explores the cultural traditions of voluntary action through a variety of disciplinary perspectives and course options. This minor will complement other Bachelor's degrees and assist students seeking entry-level positions in philanthropy and nonprofit organizations, as well as roles in the business and government sector. The minor in Philanthropic Studies is well suited for students who want to integrate their commitment to working with others into their work or career.

A minor in Philanthropic Studies (PHST) requires satisfactory completion of the following requirements:

  • Completion of properly distributed credit hour requirements for the baccalaureate degree in effect when the student was admitted to their home school.

  • Completion of 15 credit hours, with a minimum grade of C in each course.

  • Contact the program or your advisor to complete the necessary paperwork to officially declare the minor.

  • Complete a minor declaration form in the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, Student Services Office, 550 West North Street, Suite 301, located in the Sigma Theta Tau International building.


Complete the following core course (3 cr.):

  • PHST-P201:    Introduction to Philanthropic Studies

Choose one of the following core courses(3 cr.):  

  • PHST-P210:    Philanthropy and the Social Sciences
  • PHST-P211:    Philanthropy and the Humanities
  • PHST-P212:    Philanthropy and Civic Engagement

Complete the following core course (3 cr.):

  • PHST-P301:   The History of and Contemporary Approaches to Philanthropy

Choose two courses from the list below (6 cr.):

  • PHST-P330:    Topics in Philanthropic Studies:  Learning Through Giving
  • PHST-P330:    Topics in Philanthropic Studies:  Community Service Seminar
  • PHST-P375:    Philanthropy, Calling, and Community
  • PHST-P401:    Ethics and Values of Philanthropy
  • PHST-P430:    Topics in Philanthropic Studies:  American Philanthropy through Biographies
  • PHST-P430:    Topics in Philoanthropic Studies:  History of Philanthropy
  • REL-R379:      Religion and Philanthropy
  • SPEA-V362:    Nonprofit Management and Leadership
  • SPEA-V458:    Fund Development for Nonprofit Organizations
  • SOC-R330:     Community
  • Other courses may be able to substitute as electives with approval of the Director

Last Updated: February, 2014.