Nonprofit Youth & Human Service Leadership and Management: American Humanics Certificate Program—
BIS Concentration

American Humanics

What Is Nonprofit Youth & Human Service Leadership and Management: American Humanics Certificate Program?

The American Humanics Certificate Program prepares you for an exciting career in the nonprofit sector. Learn about the nonprofit sector and its role in the U.S. society, economy, and service delivery systems. Examine methods, techniques, and participate in a directed experience in fund raising. Explore aspects of budget control and accountability, administration of volunteer service programs, and the volunteer personnel process. Analyze administrative structures of nonprofit organizations, including decision-making and program development and delivery. Enroll in a Professional Seminar that features a nonprofit speaker series on various topics of nonprofit leadership and management. Participate in supervised guided experiences in selected nonprofit organizations. For a complete list of courses and course descriptions, please view the Concentration Checklist for Nonprofit Youth & Human Service Leadership and Management/American Humanics Certificate Program.

• Concentration Checklist for Nonprofit Youth & Human Service Leadership and
   Management/American Humanics Certificate Program
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Choosing your concentration area

This may be a tough decision as you begin thinking about all of the interdisciplinary concentration areas available through ASU. You may choose anything from Plant Biology to Recreation or from Public Administration to East Asian studies. With so many options, how do you choose?

Think about what you really want to do with this degree and what kind of job or career you want. Are you considering graduate school or a post-baccalaureate certificate? Talk to other people who have chosen the concentration area that you are considering. Remember, the degree does not necessarily get you the job. It is usually a combination of your education and experience, coupled with the specific skills that you can bring to the organization. Employers hire people, not degrees. Ask yourself what is going to differentiate you from the thousands of other recent college graduates? This is what you need to discuss with your advisor, teacher, internship supervisor, or a recent graduate from ASU.

What about graduate school?

Have you thought about attending graduate school after completion of your BIS degree? Did you know that you could earn a Master’s degree in 2 years or less?

Find out more about graduate degrees available through the College of Public Programs at ASU.

What about transfer students from another university or local community college?

Choosing ASU for completion of your Bachelor degree is a great decision, and making the decision to pursue the Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Degree Program is a great decision too. Perhaps a traditional degree program did not meet your specific interests. Or that you had two specific areas of interest that cannot be satisfied with another degree program. For whatever reason, you are now interested in pursuing a BIS concentration area from the College of Public Programs. The College of Public Programs offers BIS concentrations in five areas, including Social Welfare, Public Administration, Recreation, Tourism, and Nonprofit Leadership.

Your BIS advisor can help you figure out what classes are needed to complete your BIS degree. If you have questions about one of the contrations offered through the College of Public Programs, please contact the appropriate Concentration Advisor.

What kind of job can you get with this concentration?

Here’s a sample list of potential jobs from the American Humanics Handbook:

Case Manager
District Executive
Education Director
Program Director
Fund Development Specialist
Teen Coordinator
Membership Field Director
Marketing Manager
Education Manager

Finance/Database Clerk
Special Events Coordinator
Public Relations or Communications Director
Community Relations and Recruitment Representative
Day Care Director
Before/After School Coordinator
Volunteer Director
Development Coordinator

Please visit the American Humanics website for more information.

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