Public Service Administration

Degree Awarded

  • Bachelor of Science

Nature of Program

The Public Service Administration (PSA) major was revised in 2014 as an interdisciplinary 120 credit hour program that enables students to complete the degree, including the internship, in a timely manner. There is a built in practicum internship that gives the students job experience and allows them to apply the skills they have obtained during the course of their studies. This degree prepares students for careers with all levels of government: local, county, state and federal. PSA also prepares students for a career in non - profit organizations. It is a perfect pre-law degree as it provides a number of Political Science courses. In addition, this degree is perfect for continuing on to graduate school in social work, public administration, political science, sociology, or business administration. Provided the correct restrictive electives are chosen, a student can obtain a minor in Political Science, Sociology or Economics without additional course work.

General Education FOUNDATIONS

Please use this link to view a list of courses that meet each GEF requirement.

NOTE: Some major requirements will fulfill specific GEF requirements. Please see the curriculum requirements listed below for details on which GEFs you will need to select.

General Education Foundations
F1 - Composition & Rhetoric3-6
Introduction to Composition and Rhetoric
and Composition, Rhetoric, and Research
Accelerated Academic Writing
F2A/F2B - Science & Technology4-6
F3 - Math & Quantitative Skills3-4
F4 - Society & Connections3
F5 - Human Inquiry & the Past3
F6 - The Arts & Creativity3
F7 - Global Studies & Diversity3
F8 - Focus (may be satisfied by completion of a minor, double major, or dual degree)9
Total Hours31-37

Please note that not all of the GEF courses are offered at all campuses. Students should consult with their advisor or academic department regarding the GEF course offerings available at their campus.

Curriculum Requirements

GEF Elective Requirements (2B, 5, 6, and 8)19
ENGL 101
ENGL 102
Introduction to Composition and Rhetoric
and Composition, Rhetoric, and Research (GEF 1)
ENGL 305Technical Writing3
MATH 123Finite Mathematics 1 (GEF 3)3
CS 101Intro to Computer Applications4
POLS 102Introduction to American Government3
POLS 220State and Local Government3
POLS 260Introduction to International Relations (GEF 7)3
POLS 313American Constitutional Law3
POLS 480Seminar in Non-Profit Administration3
PSYC 101Introduction to Psychology (GEF 4)3
SOCA 101Introduction to Sociology3
SOCA 207Social Problems in Contemporary America3
or SOCA 235 Race and Ethnic Relations
SOCA 305Social Stratification Social and Power in American Society3
SOCA 311Social Research Methods3
SOCA 333Sociology of Work and Work Places3
BCOR 370Managing Individuals and Teams3
ECON 201Principles of Microeconomics3
ECON 202Principles of Macroeconomics3
ECON 225Elementary Business and Economics Statistics3
or STAT 211 Elementary Statistical Inference
ECON 441Public Economics3
HUMS 210Introduction to Welfare3
HUMS 320Public Administration3
HUMS 480Grant Writing and Documentation3
HUMS 489Practicum Capstone Internship6
MANG 422The Individual and the Organization3
WVUE 191First Year Seminar1
Restricted Electives (at least 3 hours must be 300 or 400 level)15
Total Hours120

Restricted Electives

ACCT 201Principles of Accounting3
ACCT 202Principles of Accounting3
ACCT 311Intermediate Accounting3
ACCT 312Intermediate Accounting3
ACCT 461Accounting for Nonbusiness Entities3
BCOR 320Legal Environment of Business3
BCOR 330Information Systems and Technology3
CSAD 270Effective Public Speaking3
CJ 101Introduction to Criminal Justice3
CJ 310Law Enforcement Administration3
CJ 320Courts and Judicial Systems3
ECON 301Intermediate Micro-Economic Theory3
ECON 331Money and Banking3
HIST 153Making of Modern America: 1865 to the Present3
HIST 261Recent America: The United States since 19183
HIST 464American Foreign Relations 1941 to Present3
HUMS 100Community Service1-3
MANG 330Human Resource Management Fundamentals3
MANG 350Leadership In Business3
MILS 301Military Science3
MILS 302Military Science3
MILS 401Military Science3
MILS 402Military Science3
PHIL 170Introduction to Critical Reasoning3
POLS 103Global Political Issues3
POLS 319Comparative Government3
POLS 400Terrorism and National Security3
SOCA 105Introduction to Anthropology3
SOCA 221Families and Society3
SOCA 302Deviant Behavior3
SOCA 327Appalachian Culture3
SOCA 360Women and Men in Society3
SOCA 430World Religions3
SPAN 101Elementary Spanish 13
SPAN 102Elementary Spanish 23
SPAN 203Intermediate Spanish 13
SPAN 204Intermediate Spanish 23
WGST 225Women in Appalachia3

Suggested Plan of Study

First Year
ENGL 101 (GEF 1)3ENGL 102 (GEF 1)3
MATH 123 (GEF 3)3CS 1014
WVUE 1911SOCA 1013
Elective3Restricted Elective3
 14 16
Second Year
BCOR 3703ECON 2023
ECON 2013ENGL 3053
POLS 1023HUMS 2103
PSYC 101 (GEF 4)3POLS 2203
GEF 83POLS 260 (GEF 7)3
 SOCA 3333
 15 18
Third Year
ECON 4413ECON 225 or STAT 2113
HUMS 3203SOCA 207 or 2353
HUMS 4803Restricted Elective3
SOCA 3053GEF 63
GEF 53GEF 83
 15 15
Fourth Year
MANG 4223POLS 4803
POLS 3133HUMS 4896
SOCA 3113Restricted Elective (300 or 400 level)3
Restricted Electives6 
 15 12
Total credit hours: 120

Major Learning Goals

public Service administration

  • The student will demonstrate leadership skills through written and oral communications, both in person and through computer technology.
  • The student will be able to evaluate policy, use critical thinking skills, and be able to make some predictions concerning how these policies will impact their individual and collective situations.
  • The student will know the process of managing an organization or government agency program, including understanding the fiscal responsibilities.
  • The student will become culturally competent and know the importance of diversity in the work environment.

Department of Social Sciences & Public Administration Minors

criminal justice

minor code - ut21

A 2.0 GPA is required for all courses counted toward the minor.
Required Courses
CJ 101Introduction to Criminal Justice3
CJ 233Juvenile Justice3
Select three of the following courses:9
Fraud Management: Legal/Ethical Issues
Law Enforcement Administration
Courts and Judicial Systems
Criminal Investigations
Public Administration
American Constitutional Law
Terrorism and National Security
Deviant Behavior
Social Research Methods
Total Hours15


minor code - ut05

Must have 18 credit hours and 9 hours must be 300 or 400 level courses
Required Courses
ECON 201Principles of Microeconomics3
ECON 202Principles of Macroeconomics3
ECON 301Intermediate Micro-Economic Theory3
Select three of the following:9
Elementary Business and Economics Statistics
Money and Banking
Managerial Economics
Collective Bargaining
Public Economics
Other ECON courses may be accepted with advisor approval.
Total Hours18

political science


Must have 18 credit hours and 9 hours must be 300 or 400 level courses.
Required Courses
POLS 102Introduction to American Government3
POLS 260Introduction to International Relations3
POLS 319Comparative Government3
Select three of the following courses:9
Global Political Issues
State and Local Government
American Constitutional Law
Terrorism and National Security
Public Administration
Advisor Approved POLS and HUMS Courses
Total Hours18


minor code - UT19

Must have 18 hours of sociology courses and 9 hours must be in 300 or 400 level sociology courses.
A 2.0 GPA is required for all courses counted toward the minor.
Required Courses
SOCA 101Introduction to Sociology3
Sociology (SOCA) Electives15
(must include at least 9 credit hours of upper division courses)
Women in Appalachia (may be included as part of the Sociology minor)
Total Hours18



  • Dr. Janis E. Rezek - PhD Sociology
    Gender studies emphasis

Assistant professor

  • Dr. Andrea Kay Kent - PhD Political Science