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Grand Valley State University    
2012-2013 Undergraduate & Graduate Catalog 
  Sep 19, 2019
2012-2013 Undergraduate & Graduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science in Public and Nonprofit Administration

The baccalaureate program provides professional orientation and career specialization on a sound liberal arts foundation. It is an interdisciplinary program designed to provide students with the skills and knowledge necessary for successful careers in public and nonprofit organizations. The curriculum emphasizes general public and nonprofit administration knowledge but also requires students to concentrate in selected areas of emphasis.

Both freshmen and transfer students who are admitted to Grand Valley are eligible for admission to the program. Students interested in public and nonprofit administration should seek the advice of faculty in the program, especially when choosing courses to fit various needs and interests.

Requirements for a Major in Public and Nonprofit Administration

The prerequisite for the public and nonprofit administration major is:

The Major consists of 36 credit hours

Which includes three credit hours of required internship: 

Students must also complete three credit hours of elective by taking one of the following:


Majors seeking a B.A. degree must demonstrate third-semester proficiency in a foreign language.


Majors seeking a B.S. degree must complete the cognate sequence:

Select one Specialty

Students must also select one specialty consisting of at least nine credit hours. Some specialties also require that a specific PA course be taken as an elective. PA 372, PA 380, PA 490 and PA 491 may count in any area with an academic advisor’s approval.