BACHELOR OF SCIENCE
IN PUBLIC POLICY

Working in Public Service

For our Public Policy program, we seek talented and motivated students who want to develop the knowledge, skills and values required to become responsible and visionary leaders in a wide range of settings.  While many graduates of our program choose to enter a career in the public sector or in nonprofit agencies, others make contributions to their community, state, and nation as active citizens in the civic and public arenas.

If you look at the career of the namesake of our college, Ambassador Andrew Young, you see an illustration of how individuals can move from nonprofit organizations to public life and the private sector, while being a part of our increasingly global society.  Students in the B.S. in Public Policy program learn about the institutions of a democracy and the ways in which policy making organizations relate to one another.  Students acquire skills in policy writing, critical thinking, and analysis that are in demand by governmental agencies and nonprofit groups, as well as graduate and professional schools.  Above all, they learn how to make a difference by becoming engaged in civic and public life.

Admission to the B.S. in Public Policy is submitted through GSU Undergraduate Admissions. Visit http://admissions.gsu.edu/ for application information, deadlines and financial aid information. 

A policy major can work as a city manager, community relations specialist, local or regional planner, policy analyst, environmental resource specialist, human resource manager, journalist, politician or campaign strategist, volunteer coordinator, nonprofit leader, or in many other exciting careers that make a difference.

Many graduates of the Bachelor of Science in Public Policy establish careers in public service. These alumni work in a variety of agencies including federal, state, and local governments as well as a number of public agencies. Others are employed in not-for-profit organizations that address many important needs. Some alumni work in the business world, but use the knowledge and skills from their Public Policy degree to become better, more active citizens in the civic and public arenas. The degree program also provides an excellent preparation for graduate study in law, public policy and administration, and related fields.

For help with your career direction, contact AYSPS Career Services. Attend their frequent workshops or work one-on-one with a career counselor to optimize your job search.

Choosing Classes

Concentration Information: 

Careers

For help with your career direction, contact AYSPS Career Services. Attend our frequent workshops or work one-on-one with a career counselor to optimize your job search.

Talk to an Advisor

GSU Academic Advisement – Freshmen, Sophomores and Juniors
http://advisement.gsu.edu/

Office of Academic Assistance – Seniors Only
http://aysps.gsu.edu/student-resources/oaa/
Telephone: 404-413-0021
ayspsacademicassist@gsu.edu

Undergraduate Faculty Advisors:

  • Nonprofit Leadership – Dennis Young
  • Planning & Economic Development – Cathy Liu
  • Public Management & Governance – Greg Streib

Official listings in the GSU Catalog:

Public Policy students will pick from three concentrations: Nonprofit Leadership,  Planning and Economic Development, and Public Management and Governance.

To aid students in academic planning:  Rotating Class Schedule for Department of Public Management and Policy (2015-2017).