Minor in Public Service

Minor

A minor in Public Service will provide needed competencies to a generation looking for meaningful work consistent with their social values. Public Service courses provide students with the skills and content knowledge to work in public, private and nonprofit sectors, and the emerging fourth sector, blending social and environmental concerns with business approaches.

The Program at a Glance

School: School of Public Affairs Campus: CU Denver Classroom: Online and on campus classes Credits required for completion: 15 Maximum transfer credits: 6 Application deadline: Fall: August 1; Spring: December 1; Summer: May 1

The Details

This minor is particularly useful for students majoring in substantive areas (such as environmental studies, education and human development, and criminal justice) who plan on applying their expertise in public service organizations, such as governmental agencies or nonprofit organizations.

Program requirements

  • A minor in Public Service requires 15 credit hours of course work.
  • A maximum of 6 transfer credits may be applied to the minor.
  • Electives must be taken from outside the student's major.

Required courses

Students must complete the required course below, totaling 3 credit hours. All course descriptions can be found in the Undergraduate Academic Catalog.

  • PUAD 1001 - Introduction to Leadership and Public Service (3 credit hours)

Elective courses

In addition to the required course listed above, students must complete 12 credit hours of elective courses. Two courses must be in Public Service core courses, selected from the list below.

  • PUAD 2001 - Management for Public Service (3 credit hours)
  • PUAD 3001 - Financial Management for Public Service (3 credit hours)
  • PUAD 3002 - Program Design, Evaluation, and Decision-Making (3 credit hours)
  • PUAD 4001 - Ethics in Public Service (3 credit hours)
  • PUAD 4002 - Leading for the Public Good (3 credit hours)
  • PUAD 4003 - Effective Communication for Public Service (3 credit hours)

The remaining two courses must be upper-division Public Service elective courses, selected from the list below.

  • PUAD 3003 - Introduction to Nonprofit Organizations (3 credit hours)
  • PUAD 3004 - Managing Nonprofit Organizations (3 credit hours)
  • PUAD 3005 - Collaboration Across Sectors (3 credit hours)
  • PUAD 4004 - Building Public and Financial Support for Nonprofit Organizations (3 credit hours)
  • PUAD 4006 - Organizational Development (3 credit hours)
  • PUAD 4007 - Nonprofit HR: Governance, Staff, Volunteer Management (3 credit hours)
  • PUAD 4008 - Current Issues in Public Sector Organizations (3 credit hours)
  • PUAD 4009 - Human Service Organizations (3 credit hours)
  • PUAD 4010 - Public Service in Emergency Management and Homeland Security (3 credit hours)

Admissions Requirements

View the admissions requirements for the School of Public Affairs.