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The Leadership and Public Service program is the academic component of the George and Eleanor McGovern Library and Center for Public Service. The goals of the PSL program are five-fold:

  • to help students explore, from a multidisciplinary perspective, compelling social, political, economic and other cultural issues that confront contemporary society;
  • to introduce students to public service fields and careers and to place students in workplace environments where they might develop and apply critical-thinking and problem-solving skills, develop their leadership potential and contribute to the common good through service;
  • to develop in students the skills and perspectives relevant to problem solving in the public service sector;
  • to explore the concept of the "common good"and other social values associated with the public domain, and to examine and apply ethical analysis of public policy and professional practice in public service; and
  • to use effective oral and written communication in practical public service settings, including communication skills related to political activity, marketing and fundraising, and human relations.

Major
Leadership and Public Service
All leadership and public service majors must complete the following core courses:

PSL 210

Introduction to Leadership and Public Service

3

PSL 310

Public Service: Policy Communication

3

PSL 320

Ethics and Public Policy

3

PSL 330

Public Service: Policy Formation

3

PSL 340

Public Service: Policy Analysis

3

PSL 400

Leadership and Public Service Seminar

3

PSL 499

Internship

3

Policy Concentration

9

Content Area Electives

9

Total

39

The research project for PSL 400 and the internship experience in PSL 499 must relate to at least one of the student's supporting concentrations. The nine hours of content area electives must be approved by the director of the academic program.

The major must include at least 21 upper level hours in the 39 hours required for the major.

Policy Concentrations For the major, nine hours must be taken from one of the following tracks: policy analysis, policy communication or policy formation.

Policy Communication

ART 205*

Photography

3

BUS 315

Leadership and Communication

3

CAT 247

Internet Concepts and Web Page Design

3

CAT 347

Multimedia I

3

CTH 128/9, 228/9
328/9, 428/9

Forensics^

3

CTH   131

Introduction to Theater

3

CTH 203

Acting I

3

CTH 302#

Oral Interpretation

3

CTH 325

Mass Communication

3

CTH 370

Advanced Persuasive Speaking

3

ENG 311

Journalism

3

^ Three or more hours of forensics may be counted as one course for the major/minor.
* ART 205 may be used only if journalism is also part of the concentration.
# CTH 302 may be used in the minor only if CTH 203 is also part of concentration.

Policy Analysis

ECO 231

Principles of Macroeconomics

3

MTH 200

Statistical Methods I

3

MTH 350

Statistical Methods II

3

POL 312

Methods of Social Science Research

3

PSY 435

Experimental Psychology

3

Policy Formation

BUS 321

Organizational Behavior

3

CRJ 225

American Legal System

3

CST 304

Tribal Treaties, Laws, and Government

3

HMS 340

Policies & Legalities of Public Welfare

3

POL 253

State & Local Government

3

POL 351

American Foreign Policy

3

POL 353

Congress and the Presidency

3

POL 354

World Politics

3

Content Area Concentrations
Suggested content area elective concentrations are hunger and poverty, globalization, gender, health care, and environmental issues.   These are among a wide range of issues of interest to the McGovern Center.   The content area concentration does not need to be one of these.   However, each student's content area concentration must be approved by the program director.   Courses applied toward the policy concentration may not be double counted toward a content area concentration.   For suggested courses in these areas, please see Leadership and Public Service.

Minor
Students seeking a minor in leadership and public service must complete the following courses:
PSL 210 Introduction to Leadership and Public Service
3
PSL 400 Leadership and Public Service Seminar
3
PSL 499 Internship
3
Electives (in a content or policy area)*
12
Total
21

*The 12 hours of electives must be approved by the director of the academic program. Suggested concentrations are the clusters of courses recommended for the major.

Content Area Concentrations

The following concentrations are examples from specific areas of interest to the McGovern Center.   The content area concentration does not need to come from one of these, however, each student's content area concentration must be approved by the program director.   Courses applied toward the policy concentration may not be double counted toward a content area concentration.

Hunger and Poverty

ATN 320

Human Nutrition

3

BUS 240

Personal Finance

3

CST 340

Cont. Issues in American Indian Culture

3

ECO 336

Economics of Development

3

HMS 340

Policies & Legalities of Public Welfare

3

SOC 251

Social Problems

3

SOC 317

Minority Groups

3

SOC 458

Seminar in Sociology

3

Globalization

ECO 336

Economics of Development

3

GEO 205

World Geography

3

HIS 312

History of Russia

3

HIS 313

Latin American History

3

HIS 385

African History

3

HIS 386

Asian History

3

MUS 250

World Music

3

POL 351

American Foreign Policy

3

POL 354

World Politics

3

REL 314

World Religions

3

Gender

ENG 315

Women Writers

3

HIS 303

Women in U.S. History

3

PSY 237

Developmental Psychology

3

PSY 337

Adolescent Psychology

3

REL 240

Sexuality, Spirituality, and Loving

3

SOC 154

Marriage and the Family

3

SOC 317

Minority Groups

3

SOC 427

Introduction to Women's Studies

3

Health Care

BUS 345

Insurance and Risk Management

3

HLT 232

Health Education

3

HLT 300

Community Health and Chronic Disease

3

HLT 300

Community Health and Chronic Disease

2

NUR 100

Medical Terminology

2

PHL 305

Biomedical Ethics

3

PSY 350

Adjustment to Aging

3

SOC 251

Social Problems

3

Environmental Issues*

BIO 115

Environmental Science

4

BIO 302

Ecology

4

BIO 325

Principles of Wildlife Management

3

BUS 381

Business Ethics and Social Policy

3

ECO 232

Microeconomics

3

MTH 200

Statistical Methods I

3

PHL 306

Ethics and Technology

3

* This concentration must include at least two biology courses.

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