Florida State University

Interdisciplinary Social Science Program

College of Social Sciences & Public Policy

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Public Service

The Public Service emphasis provides an opportunity for students to acquire a broad background for understanding public affairs and social problems with emphasis on public service and administration. The specialization is designed to supply the generalist background attractive to many employers, particularly in state and local government agencies. The program provides an excellent background for students interested in graduate work in Public Administration, Urban and Regional Planning, and Sociology. Students planning to pursue graduate work are urged to take ISS3330, Interdisciplinary Research Methods.

Students may pursue a primary concentration and/or secondary concentration in public service.  Arrangements for course selections are flexible.  However, the required course of PAD3003 must be taken whether completing a primary (18 credits) or secondary (12 credits) specialization for the ISS major. 

Recommendations for the public service specialization are as follows:

Eighteen (18) hours selected from the following Political Science and Public Administration courses:
ECO 4554 Economics of State and Local Government (Prerequisite: ECO 2023)

PAD 3003 Public Administration in American Society
PAD 4223 Budgets and Finances in Managing Public Affairs
PAD 4301 Disaster Management Planning for Urban Poor Communities
PAD 4372 Leadership and Communication in Emergency Management
PAD 4391 Foundations in Emergency Management
PAD 4393 Emergency Management Programs, Planning and Policy

POS 1041 American Government: National
POS 3122 State Politics
POS 3142 Urban Politics
POS 3182 Florida Government
POS 4413 The American Presidency
PUP 3002 Introduction to Public Policy
SYO 4300 Sociology of Politics

Twelve (12) hours from the following Sociology courses:
PAD 3003 Public Administration in American Society

SYA 4300 Methods of Social Research
SYG 2010 Social Problems
SYO 3100 Family Problems and Social Change

SYO 4300 Sociology of Politics

Twelve (12) hours from at least two of the following areas:

PAD 3003 Public Administration in American Society

Economics

ECO 4554 Economics of State and Local Government (Prerequisite: ECO 2023)

Geography
GEO 1400 Human Geography
GEA 2270 Florida Geography
GEO 4602 Urban Geography

Urban and Regional Planning
URP 3000 Introduction to Planning and Urban Development
URP 4022 Collective Decision Making (Prerequisites: URP 3000 or instructor permission)
URP 4423 Introduction to Environmental Planning and Resource Management
(Prerequisite: URP 3000 or instructor permission)
URP 4710 Introduction to Transportation Issues and Transportation Planning
(Prerequisite: URP 3000 or instructor permission)
URP 4741 Introduction to Issues in Housing and Community Development
(Prerequisite: URP 3000 or instructor permission)
URP 4811 Multicultural Urbanism