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Public Admin / Govt Service

  • Why Study Public Admin/Gov't Service

    Do you enjoy community service or volunteering? Do you have a passion for helping others? Do you like to solve problems? Do you want to improve your community and make life better for your fellow citizens? If so, then the public administration/government service major may be for you. 

    The public administration/government service major develops the knowledge and skills necessary to maintain civil society and provide for the needs of the public through service in federal, state, or local levels of government or non-profit community organizations. It is a multi-disciplinary program building on a political science core with collateral courses in statistics, the social sciences, the humanities, communications, management, marketing, finance, and accounting.

    Degree Options


    • Public Administration/Government Service (B.A. or B.S.)  
      • The multi-disciplinary major will help you acquire analytical skills and the ability to communicate clearly. Training is provided in problem solving, statistics, and research. Additional collateral courses in management, accounting, finance, social science and the humanities are included.
    • Pre-Law Concentration (B.A. or B.S. in Public Administration/Government Service)
      • This curriculum integrates courses in philosophy, business, and history with political science, and is a great option for students pursuing a law school degree or graduate studies in the legal field, including paralegal studies.
    • American Studies (B.A.)
      • This interdisciplinary perspective allows students to pursue a variety of options, including graduate studies in History, Literature, Politics, or related fields; law school or similar pursuits; and careers in sectors including government, private, and non-profit.

    See requirements: Visit the academic catalog and scroll to the School of Arts & Letters to view degree requirements.


    • Public Administration/Government Service, Minor  
    • American Studies, Minor

    See requirements: Visit the academic catalog and scroll to the School of Arts & Letters to view degree requirements.

    Public Admin/Gov't Service at SFU

    Our program is designed to help you develop to your full potential and these are some of the reasons why you should major in public administration/government service at SFU:

    • Experiential learning: The program is built around experiential learning. Tying academic knowledge to real world experiences is vital to future career success. An internship is required to complete the degree and you will have opportunities to pursue internships from Harrisburg, PA to Washington, DC. On-campus leadership and community involvement opportunities are also available.
    • Active learning: You should be engaged in your learning, not passive note-takers. The lecture has its place, but active learning is crucial to your development and growth. As such many of our classes emphasize classroom discussions, role-playing, simulations, debates, research presentations, moot courts, the use of social media, and field trips.
    • Skill development: You will learn to think critically and independently, acquiring the skills necessary positions in government and the non-profit sector. Our coursework emphasizes communication, research, and teamwork, as well as analytical and problem-solving skills.
    • Ethics and values: In keeping with the Franciscan heritage of the institution you will learn to develop a respect for others and a concern for the larger community around you. Our curriculum emphasizes ethical decision-making.
    • Curriculum flexibility: The program requirements are flexible enough to permit you the opportunity to combine the major with a second major or minors from other disciplines, developing a coherent program of study. Minors or a second major in the fields of communications, management, marketing, finance, accounting, social work or criminal justice are excellent preparation for a career in the non-profit community or government service.

    Career Opportunities

    Majoring in public administration/government service at SFU can help you stand out in the job market and/or as you apply to graduate school. Your research experience, internships, student organizational involvement and skills will help to build career contacts and gain real-world experience. The public administration/government service major will prepare you for graduate school or government or non-profit employment in the following fields: 

    • Program management and administration
    • Finance and accounting
    • Budget analysis 
    • Community relations and fundraising
    • State, county, city management
    • Urban policy planning
    • Marketing and media relations
    • Program research and analysis
    • Survey research