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The Public Affairs and Administration Minor offered by the Department of Political Science at MSU Denver is designed to meet the needs for an undergraduate curriculum which develops the skills necessary for a career in public affairs. By recognizing the intersection between public management and policy, the demand for analytic skill sets and a knowledge base that can meet the flexible and evolving nature of public service, this minor offers students a range of courses that link theory and practice in the development and implementation of public policy in a wide range of public affairs contexts.

The courses are intended for students who plan a career in public policy and service in local, state or federal governments, policy-oriented non-governmental organizations, or those already employed in these sectors. This minor also provides a solid foundation for graduate studies in public affairs, public administration and public policy.

A degree in Public Affairs and Administration also connects you to local and national politics. MSU Denver offers extensive internship and cooperative education opportunities that prepare you for careers in government, law, journalism, business or wherever you see yourself working to improve the status quo. Join our faculty in places like Costa Rica for study-abroad courses as well.


Benefits of Earning Your Degree at MSU Denver


An Ideal Complement to Any Major

Students seeking a Public Affairs and Administration Minor at MSU Denver complete 18 semester hours (6 courses) in the Department of Political Science and our disciplinary partners. The minor provides an ideal complement to a variety of majors, from Political Science, to those in STEM fields seeking to work in the public sector, art and humanities majors desiring to work in cultural non-profits, social science majors with an interest in applying their knowledge in the public sphere, and business majors who recognize the potential of social entrepreneurship and public-private partnerships. 


Hear from our students:


“With graduation and law school around the corner, I can’t thank you [the faculty] enough ... you’ve always had so much faith in me that it’s pushed me to become a better me.”

—Jennifer Rystrom (BA in political science ’14)

Accolades


The Department of Political Science offers the following unique opportunities:

• Benefit from small classes, extensive interaction with faculty dedicated to your success and the convenience of evening course options.

• Participate in a variety of special activities, including prelaw advising and an educational summer program in Washington, D.C.

• Join MSU Denver student chapters of the National Political Science Honor Society (???) and the Political Science Association.

• Learn and work in the Golda Meir Center for Political Leadership, a nonpartisan educational project that gives international visibility to MSU Denver.

• Get involved in co-curricular projects sponsored by the department, such as the Model Arab League and the Model United Nations.

• Intern with various organizations that can serve as steppingstones to employment and jumpstart your professional career. 


Sample Classes


  • American National Government
  • State and Local Government
  • Urban Politics
  • The Politics of Budgeting
  • Policy Analysis and Program Evaluation
  • Introduction to Public Administration
  • International Organizations
  • Environmental Politics
  • Internship in Political Science
  • Applied Political Research Lab

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