Shippensburg University is well suited for the study of public administration. Because the campus is 40 miles from the state capital and 95 miles from Washington, D.C., students are in a position to use organizations in these areas for internship opportunities. All of our classes are taught by accomplished faculty who hold doctorates from major universities.
You will take core courses in state and local government, public policy analysis, budgeting and financial management, personnel administration, and research methods. The public administration curriculum emphasizes developing professional and analytical skills.
Internships are strongly encouraged. Our students have worked in the offices of US senators and representatives and members of the Pennsylvania General Assembly. You can also complete internships with local, state, and national government agencies. Internships with not-for-profit organizations are also available.
Ship has an impressive government documents collection housed in the Ezra Lehman Memorial Library. The library also is home to the 8,000-volume Pennsylvania collection.