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Government and Public Service

Bachelor of Arts

Explore challenging ideas and thought-provoking classes that develop a continuing and responsible interest in political participation and public affairs.


The Bachelor of Arts in Government and Public Service prepares students for careers in federal, state and local government; business; law enforcement; international and nonprofit organizations; journalism; and other professions, as well as graduate school and law school. 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. The coursework promotes important skills, such as how to research efficiently and effectively, analyze data accurately, think critically about implications, and draw conclusions that will lead to new knowledge as well as practical solutions for the modern world.

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Career Level: Undergraduate
Degree: Bachelor of Arts
College: College of Applied Science and Technology

Cost & Eligibility

Per Unit Cost: $500
*Residents of some U.S. Territories may not be eligible. Please see our Eligibility & State Authorization page for more information.

Wondering about the specific classes you can take in this program? See the course descriptions below.

  • GPSV 441: American Foreign Policy - Analysis of American foreign policy from the Cold War to the present, as well as congressional-executive clashes over foreign policy control and approaches to policy analysis.
  • GPSV 444: Comparative Political Revolution - Examination of the causes and consequences of 20th-century revolutions and the revolutionary process, with an emphasis on contemporary events.
  • GPSV 462: American Constitutional Law - A theoretical study of the development of U.S. constitutional law, specifically defining the structure and distribution of governmental powers through analyzing primary documents and landmark Supreme Court cases.
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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

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