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)
  • PS 101 – United States Government or PS 102 – United States Politics
  • PS 204 - Introduction to Comparative Politics
  • PS 205 - Introduction  to International Relations
  • PS 208 - Introduction to Political Theory

Upper Division Requirements

  • PS 431 State and Local Politics
  • PA 313 Fundamentals of Public Service
Additional electives (20 credits, minimum of 8 in Political Science)


Political Science options:

  • PS 312 - Legislative Process
  • PS 318U - Media, Opinion, and Voting
  • PS 331 - Oregon Politics
  • PS 413 - Congress
  • PS 416 - Political Parties and Elections
  • PS 417 - Interest Groups
  • PS 418 - Contemporary Political Protest in America
  • PS 419 - Political Reform
  • PS 421 - The Supreme Court and American Politics
  • PS 424 - Law, Politics, and Society
  • PS 426 - The Politics of the News

Public Administration options:

  • PA 311U - Introduction to Civic Engagement
  • PA 320U - Introduction to Nonprofit Management
  • PA 412 - Civic Engagement: The Role of Governing Institutions
  • PA 413 - Civic Engagement: The Role of Individuals
  • PA 414 - Civic Engagement: The Role of Social Institutions
  • PA 417 - Ethical Leadership
  • 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:
 
  • Comm 312U - Media Literacy    
  • Comm 313U - Communication in Groups    
  • Ec 201 - Principles of Microeconomics    
  • Ec 202 - Principles of Macroeconomics
  • Ec 311 - Microeconomic Theory
  • Ec 312 - Macroeconomic Theory
  • USP 316 - Community Organizing and Social Change
  • USP 317U - Introduction to International Community Development
  • USP 386U - Portland Past and Present 
  • USP 419/Soc 441 - Population and Society
  • USP 428 - Concepts of Community Development