Public Service

Chair, Department of Politics

Careers in public service have increased as a result of recent developments. To an ever greater degree, even county and city governments have realized they need professionally trained people to serve as researchers and planners as well as administrators. The expansion in the numbers and kinds of special interest groups and the increased degree to which these groups are employing professionals also have meant new career possibilities for people with research, analytical, and political skills. These new career opportunities are in addition to the traditional public administration positions in federal and state agencies.

A person interested in a public service career should develop good research and analytical skills and an ability to write and speak effectively. A broad background in American government and society is necessary, with emphasis on politics, economics, and sociology. Statistical and computer skills are essential.

Suggested Courses:

  • Economics 101 or 177, 102, 268
  • Environmental Studies 120
  • History 297
  • Mathematics 128
  • Politics 109, 124, 219, 254, 287, 309, 311, 318, 319, 325, 334, 365, 369, 387
  • Sociology 110, 207, 208