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Minor in Public Service and Administration

Dr. Lauren Miltenberger Teaching

The Minor in Public Service and Administration is an interdisciplinary course of study, open to students from all Colleges, that prepares students to be responsibly engaged citizens, government managers, and community leaders working in the “new public sector.” 

The “new public sector” refers to the complex relationships that exist between government at all levels, nonprofit organizations, higher education, and the private sector.  Now more than ever before, these groups have been called upon to cooperate in order to address society’s most pressing and challenging problems.   

In the Public Service and Administration Minor, you will be introduced to ethical, philosophic, theological, historical, social, and political perspectives that influence the leadership and management of government and nonprofit organizations. 

The specific goals of this minor are to help prepare you to:

  • Understand and pursue the common good
  • Assist in the creation, implementation, and analysis of public programs
  • Strengthen communities through innovative leadership and engaged citizenship
  • Reflect on how the citizen as public servant discovers meaning and purpose in one’s life by forging and developing the bonds of community 


Students are required to take 18 credits in the PSA minor. At least four of the courses (12 credits) must be within the Department of Public Administration and up to two pre-approved elective courses (6 credits) may be taken outside of the Department's course offerings. 

Of the 12 credits or 4 courses within the Department, students must complete:

  • PA 1050 Public Administration AND
  • PA 2000 Public Policy OR PA 6000 Vocation of Public Service

Department of Public Administration Course Offerings

  • PA 1050 Public Administration*: Administrative politics, law, and ethics, organizational theory and technical fields, such as budgeting, planning, and personnel.
  • PA 2000 Public Policy: Theories of public policy making, national public policies, and contemporary issues.
  • PA 2100 City and Suburb: Politics and problems in metropolitan areas of the United States.
  • PA 3000 Overview of the Nonprofit Sector: Exploration and analysis of organizational opportunities and challenges facing the sector in the U.S. and abroad, as well as in-depth discussion of a range of ways to work in the nonprofit sector.
  • PA 5000 – Special Topics Courses in Public Administration
  • PA 5100 Independent Study: Individual students with specific interests in public administration work on a tutorial basis with an appropriate professor.
  • PA 6000 The Vocation of Public Service: The exploration of the concept of public service as a “vocation,” envisioning public service as a means of self-expression through which citizen-servants discover meaning and purpose in their lives by promoting the common good as well as forging and developing the bonds of community among a body of diverse people. This concept is contextualized in the “real-life” choices made by and the experiences of public servants.
  • PA 6100 PSA Internship: Supervised work opportunity to explore public service professional interests and gain experience in the public or nonprofit sector.
  • VIA 3020 Creating Social Impact: Today social problems are being tackled by interdisciplinary and sustainable innovations in the social impact sector.  Students will become innovative problem solvers and learn by doing via class discussions and hands-on projects to discover how to make social change now and as lifelong changemakers.

Approved Elective Courses (Outside of Department of Public Administration)

Department of Public Administration
Villanova University
800 Lancaster Avenue
St. Augustine Center, Suite 205
Villanova, PA 19085

(610) 519-3934


Villanova's Master of Public Administration program is fully accredited by the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration (NASPAA)

The Department of Public Administration also offers undergraduate courses for students from any College who are interested in learning more about the public and nonprofit sectors, but do not wish to enroll in the minor.