Philanthropy Major

Paint a Pot Outreach Event

Create Change With Community

It is estimated that 1 in every 20 Texans works at a nonprofit organization. The United States is home to millions of nonprofit organizations doing great work in communities across the country and you may interact with more than you realize. Whether it be an art museum, afterschool program, hospital, or zoo there are many nonprofit organizations seeking to create the change they wish to see in the world. A degree in philanthropy prepares you to lead and serve in your community to act and advocate for change.

Philanthropy Highlights

Donation Drive

Students in Philanthropy led donation drives on behalf of  Community Link, a nonprofit that strives to end hunger and poverty in Tarrant County.

Fundraising For Community Partners

Fundraising and Development students developed fundraising materials and crafted in-depth analyses and recommendations for 2 organizations’ fundraising efforts:  

  • Dallas Free Press, a nonprofit that provides community news and information to Dallas-area news deserts  
  • The Other Ones Foundation which strives to end homelessness in Austin, Texas

What Can You Do With A Philanthropy Degree?

  • Program Manager
  • Fundraising Specialist
  • Development Coordinator
  • Marketing Manager
  • Grant Writer
  • Program Officer
  • Corporate Social Responsibility Liaison

Courses In The Major

Foundational Courses

  • PCOM 2301 - Introduction to Nonprofits and Philanthropy
  • COMM 3300 - Communication Technology
  • COMM 3310 - Communication Law and Ethics
  • COMM 3315 - Communication Theory

Advanced Courses

  • PCOM 3301 - Fundraising and Development
  • ENGL 3379 - Grant and Proposal Writing
  • PCOM 4320 - Managerial Communication
  • PCOM 4395 - Directed Internship in Nonprofits and Philanthropy 

Internships and Opportunities

All philanthropy students are required to complete an internship with a nonprofit organization as part of the degree program. Upon reaching upper division status, students have the opportunity to intern with local, regional, statewide, or national nonprofits. Students are encouraged to contact their advisor or sequence coordinator to being to identify internship opportunities early.

Learn more about our current internships.

Philanthropy Coordinator

Dr. Carmin Harris

Assistant Professor of Practice, Philanthropy


Office: FAB 2119