Public & Nonprofit Administration

The Public & Nonprofit Administration program provides professional orientation and career specialization along with a sound liberal arts foundation. It provides students with the skills and knowledge necessary for success in public and nonprofit organizations. The curriculum emphasizes general public administration knowledge but also allows students to concentrate in selected specialties. In addition to the Public & Nonprofit Administration major, the department also offers a minor Public Administration and a minor in Nonprofit Administration.

This page will provide information about the Public & Nonprofit Administration Major, Public Administration Minor and Nonprofit Administration Minor and Career Exploration & Opportunities.

For more information about the program, check out the School of Public, Nonprofit, and Health Administration's website. 


Public & Nonprofit Administration Major

Advising guides help explain which courses are required for the Public & Nonprofit Administration major. Use the checklist that corresponds to your catalog year, which is determined by when you started the program.

The First Year Guides are meant to help direct students who have not been in college before. Each of the guides provide class suggestions based on a student's math and/or writing placement. Not all scenarios are represented here so you should follow up with an academic advisor to personalize your plan.

Choosing an Emphasis

The Public & Nonprofit Administration major offers five emphasis options:

  • Community Development & Planning
  • Community Health
  • Local Economic Development
  • Public and Nonprofit Budgeting and Finance
  • Public Personnel Management

Public and Nonprofit Administration Minors


The minor in Public Administration provides students with the skills and knowledge necessary for success and advancement in public and nonprofit organizations. Useful for a wide variety of majors, the minor can open the door to exciting careers in public service. 

The minor in Nonprofit Administration provides students with knowledge and skills useful in understanding and participating in the work of the nonprofit sector.


Public and Nonprofit Career Exploration & Opportunities


Considering a career in Public and Nonprofit Administration? Check out these resources and information about possible job outcomes and opportunities to get involved with nonprofit organizations. You can also check out the Department's website, which shares the stories of successful alumni across many of its pages. 

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