Amber  Hutson

Amber Hutson

"Becoming a part of the campus community was very important to me, and my tour guide told me about all of the different ways to get involved. I would definitely call Grand Valley home now." - Amber Hutson, advertising and public relations major Read More

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Southwestern Michigan College

Program Guide: Public Administration

First Year

First Semester
ENGL 103 3
Elective 3
MATH 136 4
POSC 201 3
ECON 201* 3
Second Semester
ENGL 104 3
U.S. Diversity elective 3
Science elective 4
World Perspectives elective 3
ECON 202* 3

Second Year

First Semester
Elective 3
Science Lab elective 4
Humanities elective 4
Elective 3
ACCO 201* 3
Second Semester
ACCO 202* 3
Elective 3
Elective 4
Humanities elective 3


  • Degree offered: B.S., B.A.. Students seeking the B.A. degree must demonstrate third semester proficiency in a foreign language.  Students seeking the B.S. degree must take MATH 150.
  • Students may want to consider transferring after of year of basic courses. Public Administration courses are not available at SMC.
  • World Perspectives electives:  GERM 202, PHIL 201, SOCI 101, SPAN 202
  • U.S. Diversity electives:  SOCI 202, SOCI 203, SOCI 240
  • This guide fulfills the Michigan Transfer Agreement (MTA).  Science electives must be selected from different disciplines.  Humanities electives must be selected from different disciplines.   Please check with a community college advisor for additional associate degree requirements.  GVSU will still honor the MACRAO agreement.

* There are other course options at Grand Valley. ECON 201 and 201 and ACCO 201 and 202 are required for Budget and Finance emphasis only.


Public administration majors find employment in government, health administration, criminal justice, nonprofit, and private areas of the economy. These positions include city manager, program or agency director, budget officer, personnel manager, labor relations specialist, and court administrator.

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