Public Service Minor

Minor Requirements

Current Pitt students interested in a CGS minor, rather than a major, in public service should apply for the minor by completing the CGS minor/certificate application form online. If you are a CGS student interested in adding this minor, please contact your CGS advisor.

In order to complete the minor, you will take 15 PUBSRV credits (five courses), as outlined below. At least three courses must be from the University of Pittsburgh. A 2.0 average GPA is required.

Flexible Format

Many CGS programs offer a blend of face-to-face and flexible online class formats, all designed to meet our students' needs and schedule constraints.

Online courses are marked with (Web) or (Hybrid). Courses offered in both face-to-face and online formats are marked with (F2F and Web) or (F2F and Hybrid). Courses with no indicator are offered face-to-face only.

Visit CGS Courses to learn more about our flexible offerings and how to search for classes in the course catalog.

Core Requirements: (9 credits)

All three courses are required. Please note that not all courses are offered each term. Review the program checklist for the typical frequency of course offerings and visit Class Search for the most up-to-date information.

Course Number Title Credits
PUBSRV 0020 Introduction to Public Service (F2F and Web)           3
PUBSRV 0030 Public Policy Process 3
PUBSRV 0050 Ethics and Accountability 3

Electives: (6 credits)

Choose two courses from the list of approved electives.

Catalog Number Title Credits
PUBSRV 0040 Public Service Technologies (Web)       3
PUBSRV 1100 Practices in Public Administration       3
PUBSRV 1110 Financial Management in the Public Sector 3
PUBSRV 1120 Human Resources Management in the Public Sector  3
PUBSRV 1130 Planning in the Public Sector 3
PUBSRV 1200 Practices of Nonprofit Management (Hybrid, available as of Fall 2021) 3
PUBSRV 1210 Financial Management of Nonprofit Organizations   3
PUBSRV 1220 Human Resources Management of Nonprofit Organizations  3
PUBSRV 1230 Fundraising for Nonprofit Organizations 3
PUBSRV 1300 Legal Issues in Public Service 3
PUBSRV 1305 Health, Law, and Ethics (Web) 3
PUBSRV 1310 Diversity Issues in Public Service 3
PUBSRV 1315 Managing Projects and Contracts 3
PUBSRV 1320 Geographic Information Systems in the Public Service  3
PUBSRV 1340 Strategic Planning in the Public Sector  3
PUBSRV 1390 Theories of Leadership (F2F and Web) 3
PUBSRV 1425 Principles of Homeland Security 3
PUBSRV 1430 Trial Advocacy 1 (UHC) 3
PUBSRV 1435 Trail Advocacy 2 (UHC) 3
PUBSRV 1455 Law, Ethics, and Public Policy in the Mass Media (Hybrid, available as of Fall 2021) 3
PUBSRV 1901 Independent Study 1 to 6
PUBSRV 1900 Internship Seminar (Hybrid) 1 to 6
PUBSRV 1910 Institute of Politics Internship/Seminar 4