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IUPUI launches undergrad program in philanthropic studies

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A surprising number of undergrads has committed to IUPUI's new degree in philanthropic studies, the program's director said.

Julie Hatcher, who this summer was named director of Indiana University's Center on Philanthropy undergraduate programs, said eight students have declared their majors in philanthropic studies, offered through the School of Liberal Arts. Hatcher's goal is to have 20 students in the major by next fall.

"My goal is to attract quality students and give them a high-quality learning experience," Hatcher said. "They become ambassadors to the program. That's the best way to grow this major."

Indiana University's Center on Philanthropy says its undergraduate degree is the only one in the country that focuses on philanthropy, as opposed to the more technical not-for-profit management courses offered by other universities.

The classes that are being offered so far are called "Giving and volunteering in America," "Traditions and practice in philanthropy," and a community-service seminar, which has 15 students enrolled.

IUPUI, where classes begin Monday, has always offered the community-service seminar, but not on a regular basis. That class will now be offered each semester.

Hatcher is an associate professor who previously oversaw IUPUI's Center for Service and Learning.

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