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Government and Public Service

Bachelor of Arts


Top 25 Public Flagship University & #10 Best Online Bachelor's Program in the Nation

- U.S. News & World Report, 2024

Quick Facts

Credits Required: 120
Cost Per Credit: $500

*Up to 60 credits may be transferred in from a regionally accredited institution.

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College of Applied Science & Technology

Program Details

The Bachelor of Arts in Government and Public Service prepares students for careers in law enforcement, government and public service, as well as politics. This degree is also excellent preparation for law school or postgraduate studies in public administration, political science, or business administration.

It offers a well-balanced program that explores both theory and practice. Courses focus on American government and institutions, intelligence and security, and law and justice. With a focus on research, analytical and critical thinking skills, students in the Government and Public Service program learn to evaluate data, argue and communicate effectively, and to provide practical solutions to contemporary issues facing our world both today and in the future.

*Residents of some U.S. Territories may not be eligible. Please see our Eligibility & State Authorization page for more information.


The curriculum for this program includes:

GPSV 301: American Political Ideas
GPSV 302: Analysis of American Political Institutions
GPSV 313: The American Judicial System
INTV 314: National Security Policy
GPSV 498: Senior Capstone in Government and Public Service



Earning your Bachelor of Arts in Government and Public Service will build core skills, including:

  • Communication skills
  • Debate
  • Economics
  • Foreign policy
  • Legal compliance
  • Policy analysis
  • Regulatory affairs
  • Research
  • Writing