Management and Civic Leadership BSPA

About the management and civic leadership BSPA major

This major gives you a background on how nonprofit organizations provide for citizens, improve communities, and strengthen the quality of life. You'll study and analyze government policies and learn the management of government and nonprofit organizations. This major also incorporates basic business foundation courses, giving you some background and flexibility for working in the for-profit world if you are interested in making that transition at some point in your career.

Skills and abilities this major develops: strategic planning, project management, and leadership.

Engaged learning experiences

Regardless of your major or future career, engaged learning is vital to your present and future. It makes you more marketable for jobs and professional schools upon graduation, it enables you to build deeper connections with faculty and staff in your field of study, and it makes your learning personal by connecting your interests and values with the curriculum from your classes. Check out the three ideas below for places to get started, or learn more at IU Indianapolis’s Institute for Engaged Learning website.

Quick facts

Sample coursework

  • Government finance and budgets
  • Managing behavior in public organizations
  • Managing workforce diversity
  • Nonprofit management and leadership
  • Nonprofit and voluntary sector
  • Urban structure and policy

Possible careers

  • City manager
  • Community developer
  • Economic development analyst
  • Human resources specialist
  • State and federal agency manager

Where could I work?

  • Easter Seals Crossroads
  • Government agencies
  • Hendricks Regional Health
  • Nonprofit organizations
  • Small for-profit businesses

Enterprise, Policy, and Planning Cluster

This major is part of the Enterprise, Policy, and Planning (EPP) cluster. The EPP cluster is the academic home of University College students pursuing or interested in business; economics; labor studies; organizational leadership; public and environmental affairs; sport management; and tourism, conventions, and event management.

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