B.A. in Philanthropic Studies

You have the power to make an impact

If you are interested in philanthropy, you probably already feel called to improve the lives of others through acts of generosity, compassion, and social responsibility. At the first school in the world to offer a Bachelor of Arts in Philanthropic Studies, you can learn all about the history, theory, and practice of creating positive social change.

What you care the most about, and how you can contribute—that part is up to you. 

Ask our students what causes they want to work for, and you’ll find many different answers: the arts, community health, social justice, the environment, animal welfare, improving the lives of veterans—and so much more.

Whether you plan to join the workforce or continue on to graduate school, our small school size and many opportunities for experiential learning mean you will graduate prepared to make a difference in the world.

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As a student, you’ll have the opportunity to . . .

  • Complete an internship
  • Study abroad
  • Learn how to make an impact in your community
  • Examine global perspectives
  • Prepare to become a dynamic, innovative, and reflective leader in philanthropy or in a nonprofit organization
  • Support causes you care about
  • Explore interactions among the public, private, and nonprofit sectors
  • Participate in groundbreaking research
  • Study with renowned faculty from more than 20 disciplines

Career preparation and development

Tools and resources to help you prepare for your career and leadership roles upon graduation.

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