Minor in Public Service and Administration

Dr. Lauren Miltenberger Teaching

The Minor in Public Service and Administration is an interdisciplinary course of study, open to students from all Colleges, that prepares students to be responsibly engaged citizens, government managers, and community leaders working in the “new public sector.” 

The “new public sector” refers to the complex relationships that exist between government at all levels, nonprofit organizations, higher education, and the private sector.  Now more than ever before, these groups have been called upon to cooperate in order to address society’s most pressing and challenging problems.   

In the Public Service and Administration Minor, you will be introduced to ethical, philosophic, theological, historical, social, and political perspectives that influence the leadership and management of government and nonprofit organizations. 

The specific goals of this minor are to help prepare you to:

  • Understand and pursue the common good
  • Assist in the creation, implementation, and analysis of public programs
  • Strengthen communities through innovative leadership and engaged citizenship
  • Reflect on how the citizen as public servant discovers meaning and purpose in one’s life by forging and developing the bonds of community 


There are no specific admission requirements for the minor. Students from all colleges are welcome. Students who wish to declare a minor in Public Service and Administration must fill out a Minor form

Students may fill it out any time before they graduate, though we recommend that you do so early so you can make sure you're on track.  

Students can download the form on our website or pick it up in our department office.

To complete the minor in PA, students must complete 18 credits (6 courses). All students must complete 2 required courses and 4 elective courses 

Required Courses:

All Students must take:

PA 1050 Public Administration*: Administrative politics, law, and ethics, organizational theory and technical fields, such as budgeting, planning, and personnel.

And either:

PA 2000 Public Policy: Theories of public policy making, national public policies, and contemporary issues.


PA 6000 The Vocation of Public Service: The exploration of the concept of public service as a “vocation,” envisioning public service as a means of self-expression through which citizen-servants discover meaning and purpose in their lives by promoting the common good as well as forging and developing the bonds of community among a body of diverse people.  This concept is contextualized in the “real-life” choices made by and the experiences of public servants.

Elective Courses:

Students must take four elective courses.  

A maximum of two elective courses may be taken outside the Department of Public Administration.   A list of approved courses can be found on the PA Minor Course list (below)

*Students must include a service learning component in either PA 1050 or PA 3000. Both courses (PA 1050, PA 3000) have been designated as optional service learning by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. 

Students who have signed up for and completed a minor in Public Service and Administration will receive a certificate, to be mailed by the Public Administration department after graduation.

Required and Elective Course List

A list of required and approved elective courses and course descriptions for students who wish to complete a minor in Public Service and Administration. Review the full list of courses that are approved to apply towards the PA minor. 

* PA Minor Courses.pdf
Required and Elective Course List

The Department of Public Administration also offers undergraduate courses for students from any College who are interested in learning more about the public and nonprofit sectors, but do not wish to enroll in the minor.  

Department of Public Administration
Villanova University
800 Lancaster Avenue
St. Augustine Center, Room 486
Villanova, PA 19085

(610) 519-3934


Villanova's Master of Public Administration program is fully accredited by the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration (NASPAA)