Social Innovation and Nonprofit Leadership | Advising Handbook

This is a hands-on, practice-based minor designed for students majoring in the arts, humanities, social and natural sciences. Students who complete this minor will learn skills central to pursuing professional careers dedicated to social justice, change and service in the public, nonprofit, and for-profit sector. Students will learn how to be innovators who make positive contributions to community with the principles and practices of entrepreneurship, leadership, and management to steward their ideas successfully into operation.

The Minor in Social Innovation and Nonprofit Leadership will prepare undergraduate students to start and lead organizations (public, for-profit, or non-profit) in a way that is economically, socially, and environmentally sustainable.

Center Affiliation and Field Experience

The minor is a partnership between the McCall Center for Civic Engagement and the Berglund Center.

Students minoring in SINP are encourage to take part in Civic Engagement and Innovationprograms sponsored by both centers. SINP minors should utilize Pacific’s Makerspace as they learn about social innovation as a process for addressing systemic social and environmental challenges.

Course Sequencing for the Minor

Students should take SINP 101 and SINP 102 as soon as their schedule permits. Typically, SINP 101 are offered every fall and SINP 102 will be offered every spring. Students must take SINP 101 before SINP 301.

Many elective courses can also count toward core and major requirements.

Requirements in Minor

  • SINP 101: Foundations in Innovation & Leadership (4 Credits)
  • SINP 102: SINP Professional Seminar (2 credits)
  • SINP 201: Diversity, Equity & Inclusion in Orgs. (2 credits)
  • SINP 301: Social Innovation in Practice (2 credits) or CIV 305: Advanced Civic Engagement (2 credits)
  • SINP 318: Writing Federal Grants (2 Credits) or CIV 317: Grant Writing and Nonprofit Fundraising (2 credits)
  • SINP 302: Project Management (4 Credits)

Electives (6 Credits): Students must take elective credit in more than one category and more than one prefix.

Frameworks for Social Action

  • CIV 105: Introduction to Civic Engagement (2 credits)
  • CIV 227: Action for Affordable Housing (2 credits)
  • CIV 233: Healthy Communities (2 credits)
  • CIV 240: Food for Thought and Action (2 credits)
  • SOC 201: Social Change (4 credits)
  • SOC 360: Critical Race Theory (4 credits)
  • ENV 250: Sustainability Frameworks (2 credits)
  • ENV 375: Social Movements and Community Change (4 credits)
  • ENV 390: Community Engaged research (2+2 Credits)
  • ARTST 122: Studio I CE (2-4 credits)
  • ARTST 222: Studio II CE (2-4 credits)
  • MEDA 153/353 Video and Community Engagement (4 credits)
  • POLS 209: Ideas in Action: Political Philosophy and Modern Society (4 credits)
  • POLS 321: Protest, Dissent, and Social Change (4 credits)

Organizations and Management

  • ARTST 107: Systems Thinking (2 credits)
  • ARTST 370: Interdisciplinary Design (4 credits)
  • BA 101: Introduction to Business (2 credits)
  • BA 360: Organizational Behavior Management (4 credits)
  • ACCT 201: Accounting Principles (4 credits)
  • MEDA 155/255 Event Planning and Marketing (2+2)


  • ARTST 307: Leadership through Design (4 credits)
  • CIV 320: Leadership in Civic Engagement (2 credits)
  • ENV 233: Interpersonal Sustainability Leadership (2 credits)
  • ENV 234: Organizational Sustainability Leadership (2 credits)
  • HIST/BA: 256 Leaders and Leadership (4 credits)
  • OL 207: Introduction to Outdoor Leadership (2 credits)

Grade requirements

  • Only grades of C- or above may be used to satisfy minor requirements.
  • Students must maintain a minimum 2.0 grade point average in the minor.