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2020-2021 Undergraduate & Graduate Catalog

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Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science in Public and Nonprofit Administration

The baccalaureate program provides professional orientation and career specialization upon a sound liberal arts foundation. It is an interdisciplinary program designed to provide students with the skills and knowledge necessary for successful careers in public and nonprofit organizations. The curriculum emphasizes general public and nonprofit administration knowledge but also requires students to concentrate in selected areas of emphasis.

Both freshmen and transfer students who are admitted to Grand Valley are eligible for admission to the program. Students interested in public and nonprofit administration should seek the advice of faculty in the program, especially when choosing courses to fit various needs and interests.


Prerequisite for public and nonprofit administration major:

Major consists of 36 credit hours including:

Students must complete the following (24 credit hours):

Students must also complete one of the following electives (three credit hours):

B.A. and B.S. Degree Requirements

B.A. Degree Requirements

Majors seeking a B.A. degree must demonstrate third-semester proficiency in a foreign language.

B.S. Degree Requirements

Majors seeking a B.S. degree must complete the following:

Specialty Areas

Students must select one specialty consisting of at least nine credit hours. Some specialties also require that a specific PA course be taken as an elective. PA 372, PA 380, PA 490, and PA 491 may count in any area with an academic advisor's approval.

Community Development and Planning

AND the B.S. course requirement:

Public Personnel Management

Local Economic Development

Public and Nonprofit Budgeting and Finance

Community Health

AND this required elective:

Program Description

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