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Public Service Option

The Public Service option is designed for political science majors who want more hands-on experience or are interested in practical politics. The curriculum provides students with a strong foundation in American government, while instilling in them an understanding of public service. Students in this track are required to serve an internship in a governmental or political office. This track requires 48 credits of coursework and is only an option for students adhering to degree requirements in effect as of the 2013-14 academic year.

Lower Division Requirements
•    Three courses from the following four options (12 credits)
    o    PS 101 – United States Government or PS 102 – United States Politics
    o    PS 204 - Introduction to Comparative Politics
    o    PS 205 - Introduction  to International Relations
    o    PS 208 - Introduction to Political Theory

Upper Division Requirements
    o     PS 431 State and Local Politics (4 credits)
    o    PA 313 Fundamentals of Public Service (4 credits)

Additional electives (20 credits, minimum of 8 in Political Science)
•    Political Science options
    o    PS 312 - Legislative Process
    o    PS 331 - Oregon Politics
    o    PS 417 - Interest Groups
    o    PS 416 - Political Parties and Elections
    o    PS 421 - The Supreme Court and American Politics
    o    PS 424 - Law, Politics, and Society
    o    PS 426 - The Politics of the News

•    Public Administration options
    o     PA 311 - Introduction to Civic Leadership
    o    PA 411 - Foundations of Citizenship and Community Leadership
    o    PA 412 - Civic Engagement: The Role of Governing Institutions
    o    PA 413 - Civic Engagement: The Role of Individuals
    o    PA 414 - Civic Engagement: The Role of Social Institutions
    o    PA 417 - Ethical Leadership
    o    PA 420 - Introduction to Nonprofit Management
    o    PA 425 - Grantwriting for Nonprofit Organizations

Field Experience (8 credits)
•    PS 404 - Cooperative Education/Internship

Courses not required for the Public Service Option, but recommended for those interested in public service careers:
•    Leading Social Change Cluster
•    CCJ 465 - Leadership and Social Justice
•    COMM 312 - Media Literacy
•    COMM 313 - Communication in Groups
•    EC 201 - Principles of Economics
•    EC 202 - Principles of Economics
•    EC 311 - Micro Economic Theory
•    EC 312 - Macro Economic Theory
•    UNST Capstone: Engaging Democracy
•    USP 316 - Fundamentals of Community Development
•    USP 317 - Introduction to International Community Development
•    USP 386 - Portland Past and Present
•    USP 419 - Population and Survey
•    USP 428 - Concepts of Community Development