The public and nonprofit field includes organizations that exist for the benefit of the public rather than enriching private citizens. These include human services, arts and culture, community recreation, health, education and government agencies. There is a great need or people with business training to keep these organizations functioning and continuing to serve the public.
The Public and Nonprofit Administration program offers students an essential foundation in both business management and public and nonprofit sector administration. Graduates of this program will be highly competitive and can maximize their access to career paths beyond private-profit sector business.
Real World Experience and Connections
Students in the program have been interning at the nearby New York Cares, gaining practical experience, making connections and getting credit towards their major.
The Corporate Engagement Club, meeting on Wednesdays from 2-4 p.m., enhances students’ career competencies in the area of corporate citizenship, networking, and career building. Guest speakers inform and advise students in this field. Both the club and the program are coordinated by Professor Peter Hoontis, who has had a 30 year career in the field, beginning at the YMCA as a camp counselor and ending up as Executive Vice President-Chief Operating Officer of that organization. Email Phoontis@bmcc.cuny.edu if you have any questions about the Public and Nonprofit Administration program in Business Management.
Continuing Your Education
The BMCC Public and Nonprofit concentration articulates with bachelor’s degree programs at Baruch College and John Jay College of Criminal Justice, meaning your BMCC credits will be accepted and you can seamlessly continue your studies.
BMCC is committed to students’ long-term success and will help you explore professional opportunities. Undecided? No problem. The college offers Career Coach for salary and employment information, job postings and a self-discovery assessment to help students find their academic and career paths. Visit Career Express to make an appointment with an advisor, search for jobs or sign-up for professional development activities with the Center for Career Development. Students can also visit the Office of Internships and Experiential Learning to gain real world experience in preparation for a four-year degree and beyond. These opportunities are available to help BMCC students build a foundation for future success.
Public and Nonprofit Administration Academic Program Maps
Required Common Core
Flexible Common Core2
- This course surveys business and industry in the United States with global growth strategy. Emphasis is placed on building Communication and Quantitative skills, including Excel spreadsheets, and an Ethical Foundation. The course introduces students to concepts in Management, Organizational Structure, Human Resources, Marketing, International Business, Finance, Computer Information Systems, Accounting, and Economics, and encourages students to explore career paths. Required of all Business majors.
- This course surveys briefly the American legal system and the basic law of contracts. Reference is made to typical business transactions and, by a study of pertinent cases, how the various principles of contract law apply to them.
- This course develops an understanding of computer technology through the exploration of software packages on personal computers. The applications include word processing, spreadsheet, and database management. Students will also learn computer terms and concepts as well as the historical, social and economic implications of computer technology for our society.
- This introductory course is set within the context of contemporary political, social, environmental, and economic realities. It examines the policies and processes of governmental, nonprofit, and institutional based programs from a multidisciplinary perspective. Students are introduced to the field and profession of public administration and develop a broad understanding of the public and nonprofit sector while learning to think and act as an ethical community service administration professional.
- This course introduces students to the public policy process and its key institutions and actors (such as legislative bodies, chief executives, administrative agencies, courts, interest groups, advocacy coalitions, and the media). The course emphasizes key parameters of public policy formulation (agenda setting, policy formulation and design, implementation, evaluation) and theories of policy change. Students will be able to differentiate policy types and tools, effectively use evidence in shaping public policy, and will appreciate the importance of context (social, economic, political, and technological) in developing effective policies. Prerequisite: PAN 100
Program Electives (Choose 3 courses/9 credits from:)
- This course focuses on communication skills expected of college graduates entering into business fields. Students who successfully complete this course will be able to produce professional, clear, concise, evidence-driven, persuasive writing, spoken communication, and visual/graphic communication. The course will emphasize the importance of being purpose-oriented and audience-aware. Examples of work to be done include writing e-mails, drafting business memos, internal and external business communications, listening skills and interpersonal communication.
Prerequisites: ENG 101, ENG 201 and BUS 104
- This course covers the total structure and character of modern business from initial organization through grouping of essential functions into operating departments. Management and the decision-making process, financing, operations, and marketing considerations are studied, with actual cases used to illustrate problems in small and big businesses.
- This course is an introduction to the economic analysis of the role of government in capitalist economies. The subjects covered in this course include the provision of public goods, remedies for externalities, the generation of public revenue through taxation, the method of cost-benefit analysis, and voting mechanisms for the representation of social preferences. Additional topics to be discussed include policies implemented for the maintenance of social welfare and social insurance programs, like public education and healthcare, and unemployment insurance. While other economies will be discussed periodically, attention throughout the course will be given to the United States economy. Prerequisite: ECO 201 or ECO 202
- The marketing system is described, analyzed and evaluated, including methods, policies, and institutions involved in the distribution of goods from producer to consumer. Emphasis is placed on the means of improving efficiency and lowering distribution costs.
- This course provides students an opportunity to develop basic qualitative and quantitative analysis skills that can be applied to public administration, nonprofit management, and policy problems; program evaluations, and critical research questions. This course will emphasize the identification and application of research techniques, interpretation of results and the use of statistics in management decision-making.
Prerequisite: PAN 100
- The processes of public and nonprofit performance measurement and management are explored in depth in this course. Theories of public and nonprofit performance are reviewed with a clear focus on application in the management setting. Types of measures are reviewed, and their relationships are explored through program logic models. Selection of key performance indicators and proximate measures is discussed. Tools and methods of performance measurement, including benchmarking and trend analysis, are introduced. Data collection, analysis, and reporting are reviewed. Students learn how to align performance measurement with strategic organizational goals and objectives in order to facilitate learning and improved effectiveness.
Prerequisite: PAN 100
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|Total Curriculum Requirements||30|
|Total Program Requirements||60|
- These areas can be satisfied by taking a STEM variant.
- No more than two courses in any discipline or interdisciplinary field can be used to satisfy Flexible Core requirements.
- Some of these credits may be satisfied by taking a STEM variant in the Common Core.
Note: These requirements are effective the 2020-2021 catalog year. Please check your DegreeWorks account for your specific degree requirements as when you began at BMCC will determine your program requirements.