MINORS IN PUBLIC MANAGEMENT AND POLICY

The Department of Public Management offers three undergradaute minors to Georgia State University students.  Each of the minors are comprised of 15 credit hours and offer students across GSU the opportunity to complement their major studies with practical, career orientated courses that will lead to additional skill sets marketable to the public or private sector.

  • Minor in Nonprofit Leadership
  • Minor in Planning & Economic Development
  • Minor in Public Policy

(Use the tabs above to find the requirements for each minor)

Students interested in one of these minors should contact their academic advisor in their major/college and talk to them about how these 15 credits can be incorporated into their major program of study.  If your degree does not allow minors to be attached to your major, we still welcome you to take the courses in these minor areas to further enhance and supplement your portfolio of skills and resume.

If you would like to meet with an advisor to discuss one of these minors, please contact our Office of Academic Assistance.

The nonprofit leadership minor allows students to learn about the important role of nonprofit organizations in addressing social issues and interests in a democratic society and participating in the formulation and implementation of public policy. Through this minor, students will become aware of the many and diverse career opportunities in the nonprofit sector, in areas such as the arts, social services, education, health care, the environment, policy advocacy, and international relief and development, and they will learn the skills, knowledge and challenges of leadership in this sector. This minor will prepare students for entry level jobs in nonprofit management and for graduate study in nonprofit organizations, philanthropy, and related fields.

The minor in Nonprofit Leadership requires 15 hours of coursework, which must include 3 credit hours of required courses and 12 additional credit hours from a list of pre-approved courses. Students are strongly encouraged to complete PMAP 4941 (Internship) as part of their minor.

Required (3 hours):
PMAP 3210 Introduction to the Nonprofit Sector*

Select four courses from the following (12 hrs):
PMAP 3031 Policy Leadership
PMAP 3213 Nonprofit Financial Resources*
PMAP 3231 Nonprofit Management and Leadership*
PMAP 3411 Contemporary Planning
PMAP 3801 Public Administration and Politics
PMAP 4211 Issues/Probs Personnel Mgmt Syst Public & NP
PMAP 4411 Intro to the Law for Public & Nonprofit Managers
PMAP 4451 Economic Development Policy and Planning
PMAP 4941 Internship*
ENG 4510 Grant and Proposal Writing

*Students who complete the courses marked with an asterisk are eligible to earn the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance national certificate in Nonprofit Leadership. To learn more about the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance, please visit our Nonprofit Leadership Alliance website.

The planning and economic development minor prepares students to work in both the public and private sectors addressing issues facing urban communities. This minor is appropriate for students who want to pursue careers or further study in the planning, development and management of communities. Courses introduce students to forces shaping the development of urban regions. Special attention is paid to planning for economic development, environmental quality, housing, land use, neighborhood revitalization, and transportation.   During their studies, students learn about the variety of policies and strategies that citizens and planners can use to influence development.

The minor in Planning & Economic Development requires 15 hours of coursework, which must include 3 credit hours of required courses and 12 additional credit hours from a list of pre-approved courses. Students are strongly encouraged to complete PMAP 4941 (Internship) as part of their minor.

Required (3 hours):
PMAP 3411 Contemporary Planning

Select four courses from the following (12 hrs):
PMAP 3111 Urban Political Economy
PMAP 3031 Policy Leadership
PMAP 3801 Public Administration and Politics
PMAP 3831 Governmental Budgeting
PMAP 4301 Local Governance
PMAP 4401 Planning Theory and Analysis
PMAP 4411 Intro to the Law for Public & Nonprofit Managers
PMAP 4451 Economic Development Policy and Planning
PMAP 4941 Internship
ECON 4300 Economics of Cities
ECON 4350 Economics of Poverty and Public Policy
ECON 4600 Economic Development

A policy minor 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.  The minor allows students to pick and choose public administration/leadership courses that will complement their major and their chosen career path, thereby opening doors into the public sector and broadening your employment opportunities beyond private (for profit) industry.

Students wishing to minor in public policy should take 15 semester hours of Public Management and Policy (PMAP) courses at the 3000 level or above.

Course Titles (Select 5 courses):

PMAP 3011 Policy & Politics in the American City
PMAP 3021 Citizenship, the Community, & the Public Sector
PMAP 3031 Policy Leadership
PMAP 3111 Urban Political Economy
PMAP 3210 Introduction to Nonprofits
PMAP 3211 Career Development in Public & Nonprofit Organizations
PMAP 3213 Nonprofit Financial Resources
PMAP 3231 Nonprofit Leadership & Management
PMAP 3311 Critical Policy Issues
PMAP 3411 Contemporary Planning
PMAP 3801 Public Administration and Politics
PMAP 3831 Governmental Budgeting
PMAP 4041 Policy Data Analysis
PMAP 4051 Evaluating Public Policy
PMAP 4061 Introduction to Policy Analysis
PMAP 4211 Human Resource Management Systems in Public and Nonprofit Organizations
PMAP 4301 Local Governance
PMAP 4401 Planning Theory and Analysis
PMAP 4411 Intro to the Law for Public & Nonprofit Managers
PMAP 4451 Economic Development Policy
PMAP 4941 Internship

For more information about careers in this field or to learn more about professional associations in public policy/management/leadership, visit our career information and job search pages.