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)
- Review the full list here.
- Note: All service learning courses can be approved as elective courses towards the Minor.