BA – Curriculum


The Public and Nonprofit Administration major and minor is offered in the School of Public Affairs and Administration (SPAA).


The undergraduate program offers students a focused interdisciplinary exposure designed to bring students to a deeper understanding of their roles as public servants, in the context of civic engagement. The program provides students with the substantive knowledge, analytical skills and perspectives needed to respond effectively and fairly to major contemporary social problems. Students majoring in Public and Nonprofit Administration receive excellent preparation for further study in the graduate professional schools and careers in the public, nonprofit, and private sectors.

Public and Nonprofit Administration Requirements:

Major in Public and Nonprofit Administration
– Requires 35 credits that include:

Public and Nonprofit Administration Core Courses
(15 credits - all required)

  • 40:834:200  Introduction to Public Administration (3)    
  • 40:834:203  Introduction to Nonprofit Administration (3) [Previously "Government and the Non-Profit Sector"] 
  • 40:834:301  Ethical Public Service (3) (Writing Intensive)
  • 40:834:406  Public Service Organizations (3)
  • 40:834:408  Leadership for the Service Professions (3)

Public and Nonprofit Administration Electives I
(Select 12 credits from the following courses)

  • 40:834:201  Public Service as Responsible Citizenship (3)
  • 40:834:302  US and Global Urban Experience (3)  
  • 40:834:304  Technology and Public Service (3)  
  • 40:834:306  Grant Writing for Organizations (3) (Writing Intensive)
  • 40:834:402  Arts and Culture of Public Service (3)
  • 40:834:404  Philantropy: Volunteerism, Fundraising, and Community Engagement (30 [Previously "Volunteerism and Philanthropy in Public Service"]

Public and Nonprofit Administration Electives II
(No more than 6 credits from the following)

  • 40:834:330  Special Topics Course (3)    
  • 40:834:331  Public Service Independent Study (BA)  
  • 21:834:311/112  Health & Social Justice (3)

Service-Learning Internship Courses
(Select 8 credits from the following courses)

  • 40:834:430  Service-Learning Internship I (4)  
  • 40:834:431  Service-Learning Internship II (4) 
  • 40:834:432  Washington DC Leadership Internship (4)* (not offered every summer)

Minor in Public and Nonprofit Administration
– Requires 18 credits that include:

Public and Nonprofit Administration Minor Courses
(12 credits - all required)

  • 40:834:200  Introductions to Public Administration (3)  
  • 40:834:301  Ethical Public Service (WI) (3)  
  • 40:834:203  Introduction to Nonprofit Administration (3) [Previously "Government and the Non-Profit Sector"]
  • 40:834:408  Leadership for the Service Professions (3)

(Select 6 credits)

  • Six additional credits from Public and Nonprofit Administration course offerings
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