Public and nonprofit administration are broad areas of study that combine theory and practice, focusing on the organization of governments and nonprofit entities, their policies and programs, the performance of their governing bodies, and the management of human and financial resources. Public Administration encourages public policies that are responsive to human, social, and economic needs and that are efficient and effective; nonprofit administration shares a similar focus.
The public and nonprofit administration major involves a core of course work in public administration combined with a concentration in either public or nonprofit administration. It may be combined with any number of minors appropriate to student career interests.
Students completing the major and other graduation requirements will be awarded a bachelor’s degree in public administration. They enter a broad range of careers in government service (federal, state, or local), non-profit organizations, or business. Some go on to graduate or professional schools in nonprofit management, political science, public administration, public policy, business administration, or law.
Students are encouraged to take PLSC 112 - American Government | GEKS /PLSC 113 - American Government Honors | GEKS , or PLSC 202 - State and Local Government | GEKS , as a General Education course prior to the required core courses, completing one or the other within the first nine hours of political science coursework. Students normally complete six credit hours at the 100 and 200 level before matriculating in 300 or 400 level courses coursework.
Pre-service students (those without significant work experience in either a public or nonprofit entity) are required to complete a three-credit-hour internship (PLSC 480L4 or PLSC 486L4 ) or three-credit-hour cooperative education placement (PLSC 387L4 or PLSC 487L4 ) as part of the Required Core of coursework. In-service students are allowed to waive this requirement and substitute one of the restricted elective courses listed under each concentration. Students should consult an advisor about including an internship and special topics courses as a part of their program of study.
For more information regarding internships, visit the department site here.