Bachelor of Arts in Public Service Administration
This major can prepare you for leadership roles in the public service and nonprofit arena. A degree in public service administration is a perfect fit for those who already work in the public sector or who may be interested in government. And you'll learn to recognize and make connections between government roles and faith-based values to help inform ethical decisions in a professional work environment.
You'll gain an understanding of the development and administration of legal policies affecting local and state government; how to lead sustainable organizations and adapt to social change; and how faith-based values can help inform ethical decision-making in a professional work environment.
The Bachelor of Arts in Public Service Administration Program also serves as an alternative for individuals who may be interested in the Whitworth Criminal Justice Administration Program but who do not yet have the work experience necessary to enter the program.
|Course Format||Evening and hybrid online courses|
|Locations||North Spokane, U-District|
|Average Completion Time||2-2.5 years with A.A. or select A.A.S. degree transfer
4-5 years with no transfer credits
|Application Deadline||Four weeks prior to start date|
- Six-week courses help you complete your degree faster.
- Classes meet in the evenings only once or twice weekly, with occasional Saturdays.
- Hybrid online courses are available.
- Your books are provided and delivered to you the first night of class.
- Courses are available in north Spokane or downtown, in the U-District.
Already have an A.A. or A.A.S. degree?
With an A.A. or select A.A.S. degree from a community college, you may transfer to Whitworth's Public Service Administration Program as a junior, receiving 60-64 semester credits toward your bachelor's degree. Attending part time, you can complete your degree in as little as two years.
Courses for the major may be completed in less than two years. Time to degree completion varies, depending on courseload and transfer credits. Please speak with one of our academic advisors and receive a complimentary transcript evaluation.
For course descriptions and learning outcomes of this major, please view the course catalog.
Public Service Administration Major - 39 credits
|LS 305||Introduction to Public Service Leadership||3 credits|
|PO 302||Legal Issues in Social and Behavioral Studies||3 credits|
|PO 371||Introduction to Public Administration||3 credits|
|JMC 311||Public Relations and Communication||3 credits|
|SO 466||Ethics in Public Service||3 credits|
|SP 352||Conflict Management||3 credits|
|SO 303||Globalization and Social Change||3 credits|
|EC 345||Economics of Social Issues||3 credits|
|BU 373||Human Resource Management||3 credits|
|PO 360||Leading Sustainable Organizations||3 credits|
|BU 330||Fund Accounting and Budget Management||3 credits|
|SO 315||Funding and Grant Writing||3 credits|
|LS 470W||Strategic Leadership in Public Service Organizations||3 credits|
General Education Requirements & Electives
All adult education programs from Whitworth must include general education and elective coursework to complete degree requirements. Some of the requirements may be met by courses offered in the major. Check with an advisor for details.
Minimum Credits Needed to Graduate - 126
Total credits needed at Whitworth will vary depending on credits transferred from other institutions and/or earned on college-level examinations.