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2019-2020 Undergraduate & Graduate Catalog


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.

Requirements for a Major in Public and Nonprofit Administration

Prerequisite for public and nonprofit administration major:

PLS 102 - American Government and Politics (3 credits)


Major consists of 36 credit hours, which includes three credit hours of required internship:

PA 490 - Public Administration Internship (3 credits)


Students must complete 24 credit hours of courses by taking:

Students must also complete three credit hours of electives by taking one of the following:

B.A./B.S.

B.A.

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

B.S.

Majors seeking a B.S. degree must complete the course requirements:

Select One Specialty

Students must also 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

Also required (the B.S. course requirement):

Public Personnel Management

Local Economic Development

Public and Nonprofit Budgeting and Finance

Community Health

Also required (elective):


Program Description:

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