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USD Announces New Nonprofit Minor

The University of South Dakota in the fall is beautiful. USD students can minor in nonprofit studies, a new undergraduate minor the South Dakota Board of Regents recently approved.

VERMILLION, S.D. – The South Dakota Board of Regents recently approved an undergraduate minor in nonprofit studies, allowing USD students to be more competitive in the growing nonprofit sector.

The nonprofit sector is the fastest-growing sector with jobs in almost every major-related field, according to Richard Braunstein, Ph.D., professor of political science and the director of nonprofit studies. In South Dakota, nonprofits constitute 13 percent of the private sector employment.

The minor requires 18 credits to complete. The three required courses are taught in the Department of Political Science and include Introduction to the Nonprofit Sector, Fundraising for Public and Nonprofit Organizations and Nonprofit Governance and Administration.

Students also take two elective courses in their area of professional development, which can be in their major or a related field of study. A final three-credit service learning experience requirement exposes students to field internships or service projects in the nonprofit sector at which they can develop practical skills.

Braunstein describes the core values of the nonprofit studies minor as service, collaboration between public and private sectors, accountability and ethical management.

“Volunteerism is part of South Dakota’s culture,” said Braunstein, who has extensive experience working and volunteering in the nonprofit sector. “South Dakota is ranked fourth in the nation for volunteerism. Overall, the entire state of South Dakota benefits from the creation of this minor.”


USD's College of Arts & Sciences offers students a top-notch undergraduate liberal arts education in the humanities, social sciences and sciences as well as graduate programs that have earned USD distinction as a research university by the Carnegie Foundation. The college's more than 22,000 alumni include famous journalists, Hollywood screenwriters, novelists, a Nobel Prize winner, South Dakota governors, attorneys, physicians, justices of the state Supreme Court, distinguished university faculty and international humanitarians.


Founded in 1862 and the first university in the Dakotas, the University of South Dakota is the only public liberal arts university in the state, with 202 undergraduate and 84 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, Knudson School of Law, Sanford School of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, Beacom School of Business and College of Fine Arts. With an enrollment of nearly 10,000 students and more than 400 faculty, USD has a 16:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 18 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.


Hanna DeLange
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