Bachelor of Science (B.S.)Program Website
Governments exist at all levels – local, state, national and international – and influence many parts of our lives. A Public Service Administration degree gives graduates the knowledge and skills necessary to take an active role in the areas of politics and government to influence issues that matter to them. This interdisciplinary major pulls on a number of different fields – including political science, economics, sociology and business management – to give students a broad variety of competencies.
Our program prepares students for leadership positions in government, nonprofit organizations and the private sector. WVU Tech’s location near the state capital of Charleston enables students to gain practical experience and interact with state leaders and public officials.
Our program is an interdisciplinary program, which includes courses in economics, political science and criminal justice. Students may opt to minor, or even double major, in any of these complementary academic programs.
As part of the program, our students are required to complete a six-credit-hour, 240-contact-hour practicum, which gives them hands-on experience in a public work setting. This practicum teaches students the importance of performing effectively and ethically in a leadership position.
Students who are interested in leadership and public service will enjoy this program.
Graduates find career opportunities in local and state government, non-profit organizations and social service agencies.
Graduates may also consider pursuing advanced educational opportunities such as law school or a graduate degree in social work or public service administration.
Explore the origins, background, comparisons and contrasts of state governments; state and federal relations; state executive, legislative and judicial branches; state services; and county and municipal governments.
Learn about the concepts of public administration, including organizational theory; organizational authority and communications; personnel and financial administration; and administrative responsibility in the public sector.
This specialized course provides students with the skills necessary to write grants that are based on clearly defined needs analysis and project goals. You'll earn real-life grant writing experience as you research possible funding and sources, identify goals, lay out objectives and develop a program evaluation and time-line for a mock proposal.