VILLANOVA, Pa. – With approximately 1.6 million non-profit organizations registered with the Internal Revenue Service in the United States, there is a strong need for qualified individuals to join the public service work force. In addition, government agencies – at all levels – recognize that complex problems facing the public at large require solutions rooted in collaboration. In response, Villanova University’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences has announced a new minor in Public Service and Administration.
Beginning this fall, the minor will be offered through the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences’ Department of Public Administration, whose mission is to help students develop the roles, skills and practices to become successful professionals capable of ethical, intelligent and creative leadership in the public sector.
The Department’s Master of Public Administration (MPA) program is fully accredited by NASPAA (the Network of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration) and is one of the region’s top producers of township managers, non-profit leaders, and civic employees. The new minor builds on the success of the Master’s program, whose graduates work in all aspects of public and non-profit management. The long-running program has created an extensive network of alumni as well as numerous internship and networking opportunities, which assist students in finding employment. Villanova undergraduate students who declare the new minor in Public Service and Administration will have access to similar opportunities and the extensive alumni network, enabling them to gain experience and contacts in the field.
Students from all of Villanova’s Colleges will be able to pursue the minor, an interdisciplinary course of study which allows them to put the theory they learn in the classroom into real-world practice. In addition to hands-on assignments such as case studies, press releases, op-ed pieces and grant applications, the minor will include opportunities to take part in internships. Flexible and adaptive to students’ interests, the program allows undergraduates to take courses in Sociology, Political Science, Peace and Justice, Naval Science, Geography and the Environment, Education and Economics in addition to the required courses for the minor. Upon completion, students will be able to assist in the creation, implementation and analysis of public programs as well as strengthen communities through innovative leadership and engaged citizenship.
“Our new minor in Public Service and Administration allows undergraduate students who are interested in careers in public service and nonprofit organizations to pursue their passion earlier in their academic experience at Villanova,” said Adele Lindenmeyr, PhD, Interim Dean, Villanova University College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. “It also gives them access to a renowned program that has produced many talented and dedicated public servants.”
An information session for interested students will be held Thursday, September 11 at 4 pm in Falvey Memorial Room 204 on the Villanova campus.