How do I apply to become a Public Service Major
Students are admitted to the major in Public Service in keeping with the standard admissions requirements for programs at Rutgers-Newark. Transfer students who have earned an associate's degree from an accredited institution are eligible for immediate acceptance into the Public Service major. It is expected that some students will be pursuing double majors, i.e. the public service major with some other corresponding major that may relate to the student’s choice of concentration in the public service major. Additionally, students may also wish to take advantage of existing 5 year programs at Rutgers-Newark such as the Joint BA/BS/MPA.
How do I declare Public Service as my major or minor?
- Schedule a meeting with SPAA Assistant Dean for Undergraduate Programs Sharon Stroye (email@example.com or 973-353-3710) to discuss the Public Service Major and/or Minor requirements. Her office is located in the Center for Urban and Public Service, 111 Washington Street, Room 325, Newark, NJ 07102.
- Complete a Declaration or Change of Major/Minor form (found at http://www.rutgers-newark.rutgers.edu/dsanwk/formscentral.html)
- Have your Faculty Advisor sign the form.
- Take the signed Declaration or Change of Major/Minor form to the Rutgers Registrar’s office located in Blumenthal Hall on the 3rd floor.
When can I apply for the Public Service Major?
University standards recommend that students declare their major at the beginning of their junior year/third year. Students interested in the Public Service Major may declare their major as early as their freshman/first year of study.
Can I declare Public Service as a Minor?
Yes. Students registered in NCAS and / or UC-N majors may earn a minor in Public Service. Students are not required to have completed the 59 general Rutgers credits but will be advised according to their current academic standing.
How many credits are required in a Public Service Major and Graduation?
|General Rutgers required credits:
|Pubic Service Core Classes:
||35 (includes two 4-credit internships)
||18 (specialization courses/minors accepted)
|Total Credits to Graduate
As a possible pathway to graduate professional degrees, students must complete six additional courses (18 credits) already existing at the University as part of their public service area of specialization. These specialization areas may include: anthropology, criminal justice, business and management, economics, education, global affairs, political science, psychology, social work, the sciences, visual and performing arts, and women’s studies, etc. Students may also develop a concentration with the approval of the program’s faculty director in areas such as: women, politics and public policy; environmental policy; urban policy and management; or another area.
Are there pre-requisites for the courses offered in the Public Service Major?
There are no pre-requisites for public service courses with the exception of Internship courses.
How much is the tuition for the Public Service Program?
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Can I major in Public Service and have a dual major with another academic program?
Yes. Public Service can be combined with any other NCAS or UC major. Students that double major have a tendency to complete their studies with more than the total number of credits needed to graduate (124 credits). This does not negatively affect their ability to graduate.
Are there internship opportunities related to the Public Service program?
Yes. Students are required to complete two semester long Service-Learning internships that can be completed in the Summer, Fall, or Spring semester. See Internships for more information.
How accessible will Public Service faculty be to their students?
Instructors work closely with students. Students are encouraged to seek advisement at any point in the program.
When does advisement begin as a Public Service Major?
Each admitted student is assigned to an academic advisor. All advisement will be handled by the program coordinator at the School of Public Affairs and Administration.
What can I expect by taking a Public Service course?
The proposed courses draw philosophically not only from public administration but from a range of disciplines. Core courses encompass a multi-disciplinary approach and include guest lecturers from various public-service professions. As part of the core requirements, students go out into the field, giving their time to benefit others in the form of two supervised, structured service-learning/internship courses.
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