Public Service & Administration Minor

Chair: Catherine E. Wilson, Ph.D.
Chair Elect: Theodoros Arapis, Ph.D. (beginning January 2024)
Office Location: 100 Gary Hall
Telephone: 610-519-3934


The Department of Public Administration offers a Minor in Public Service and Administration for undergraduate students. The minor is an interdisciplinary course of study, open to students from all Colleges, that prepares students to be responsibly engaged citizens, government managers, and community leaders working in the “new public sector.” The “new public sector” refers to the complex relationships that exist between government at all levels, nonprofit organizations, higher education, and the private sector.  Now more than ever before, these groups have been called upon to cooperate in order to address society’s most pressing and challenging problems.

MINOR: Public Service & Administration (18 credits)

In the Public Service and Administration Minor, you will be introduced to ethical, philosophical, theological, historical, social, and political perspectives that influence the leadership and management of government and nonprofit organizations. The specific goals of this minor are to help prepare you to understand and pursue the common good; assist in the creation, implementation, and analysis of public programs; strengthen communities through innovative leadership and engaged citizenship; reflect on how the citizen as public servant discovers meaning and purpose in one’s life by forging and developing the bonds of community.

Program Notes:

  • Courses that fulfill minor requirements may be used to fulfill other requirements (i.e., primary major, core curriculum, minors, concentrations, or free electives).
  • At least four of the courses (12 credits) must be within the Department of Public Administration and up to two pre-approved elective courses (6 credits) may be taken outside of the Department’s course offerings.
  • Additional approved electives outside the Department of Public Administration may be found on the Public Administration website.
  • All service learning courses can be approved as electives towards the Minor.
  • Listed CPS courses may also count toward fulfillment of requirements - special permission from CPS is required.
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Additional Public Administration Electives  +
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The above program requirements are applicable to students entering Fall 2023 and beyond. Please consult the appropriate archived handbook available on the homepage for years prior to these requirements. In order that programs offered by Villanova University reflect current advances and additions to knowledge and upgraded professional requirements, Villanova University reserves the right to change programs and requirements without prior notice. Students generally are bound to the requirements in effect and published online for the year in which their class begins its first year of study. Special requirements may be in effect for students who have left the University and are being readmitted. Students are advised to check with the web catalog or with their college offices regarding changes that may affect them. Additional academic information may be obtained from the various college offices and the web sites listed for the particular policies, programs and services found in this catalog. 





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