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Department of Religious Studies
Nonprofit Leadership Concentration
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In order to provide an additional career track for our majors,  the Department of Religious Studies has developed a Concentration in Nonprofit Leadership.  We have alumni working in the non-profit sector now, and jobs openings in non-profit organizations are expected to rise by 17% over the next two years, according to MSU’s CERI employer survey.  The Nonprofit Concentration is only four courses, all of which count toward a B.A. in Religious Studies. This is the only such Concentration at MSU, and one of the only such opportunities in the United States. Studying religion at Michigan State University prepares students with global cultural knowledge for a range of possible careers in government, the corporate world, or non-profits, and we are now the only place at MSU where students can get a Concentration in Non-profit Leadership that will appear on their official transcripts.

Stop by our offices on the seventh floor of Wells Hall or send us an email query - we'd be delighted to hear from you.

The Concentration is only four courses, all of which count toward your B.A. in Religious Studies.

The four courses are REL 210, Religion and the Environment, REL 485, Religion and Nonprofit Leadership, REL 493, an Internship, and REL 499, your senior thesis project.

Studying religion at Michigan State University prepares you with global cultural knowledge for a range of possible careers, including government, the corporate world, or nonprofits.

We are the only place at MSU where you can get a Concentration in Nonprofit Leadership that will appear on your official transcripts.

Why Religious Studies?

Learning about religions means that you understand different cultures and develop a more global perspective. Religious Studies is the ideal major for those who seek a career in non-government organizations (NGOs), non-profit organizations, government, or international corporations, where a deeper understanding of cultures is essential to furthering organizational aims and your future career. Interested in obtaining a major or minor in Religious Studies? Explore your interest by enrolling in our classes.

Religious Studies exemplifies Michigan State University’s Liberal Learning Goals. By studying religion, you can tailor your educational experience to fit your own future career path. The study of religion can be combined in innovative ways with a whole range of diverse careers. We look forward to helping you shape your educational experiences and your future career. Stop by and visit with us!

To study religion is to develop cultural knowledge that will be of value both to you and to your future employer.
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Stay in touch with the Department of Religious Studies on all of the social media sites. We update our information constantly through these sites and put out a lot of information about programing, events, and tips on how to succeed with our major.

Here's a recent update from a Religious Studies alumnus, Anthony Hatinger (2013), who's working in a Nonprofit in Detroit:

Work has been going well! I never thought 8 months would be moving by so quickly after graduation. As of now, I manage our production gardens, purchase produce for our local market, and also manage our aquaponics facility. Most recently, we received a USDA grant for a 30'x72' hoophouse that I am working on prepping for spring production. Thus far, I have been spending the majority of my time this winter in the Aquaponics farm- the CDC Farm And Fishery. This facility is the first licensed aquaculture facility in the City of Detroit proper, and we are only one of three commercial fish breeders in the state. We are breeding tilapia in this location, using the fish wastes to fertilize herbs and other greens. Right now, we have about 800 young fish in the system, with our first harvest coming up in April -- fingers crossed.

What I am enjoying most is just the rapid change this nonprofit administers; all of our programs, especially the urban ag ones all tie into one another, helping to establish greater food access to our very disenfranchised community. This is my insistence on creating a community certification program, because I feel having the ability to learn and work in all of our food businesses would give our neighbors a very unique skill set into the world of self sufficiency. This is also why I have been working diligently to create an internship program. I have learned quickly how easy it is to take on more than you can handle in the nonprofit world. 

Here is a short news clip that Fox 2 Detroit aired about the Farm Fishery in mid October.