Turn Your Passion into Your Career with a BA in Public Service
The Bachelor of Arts in Public Service prepares the next generation of leaders and managers to govern, serve and make decisions that promote the best interests of our communities.
The BAPS degree provides the skills and content knowledge to work in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors, and the emerging fourth sector that blends social and environmental concerns with business approaches.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics notes 25 percent of all jobs are in the government or nonprofit sectors. With 30 percent of government employees eligible to retire by 2016, workforce demand will increase.
Course work (see BAPS curriculum) explores public service in governmental, nonprofit, and nongovernmental organizations, and topics such as financial management, fostering human capital, capacity building, program evaluation, change management, collaboration, network analysis, and leadership.
Public service students will cultivate communication skills, ethical decision-making capabilities and cultural competencies. As workforce demand increases in the government and nonprofit sectors, graduates will be ready to apply critical thinking and analytical skills to make a difference in the world.
Online delivery provides flexibility to schedule courses around the reality of family and work demands. Yet no matter where they are located, students will have opportunities to participate in public service and advocacy activities throughout the program.
Students can focus on nonprofit management and earn the Certified Nonprofit Professional certification, which provides preferential employment consideration. Emergency management and homeland security are another possible area of focus.