University of Southern Indiana

Public & Nonprofit Administration Concentration (PNPA)

About the public and nonprofit administration concentration

The Public and Nonprofit Administration (PNPA) concentration of the University of Southern Indiana's Political Science major will prepare you for a career in managing public and nonprofit organizations.

As a student in the Public and Nonprofit Administration concentration, you will:

  • Take courses in leadership, organizational behavior, human resources, public policy and budgeting
  • Work for government, nonprofit service groups or influencing public policy
  • Gain real management skills that will help you on the job market
  • Receive personal attention from faculty
  • Have opportunities for internships and study abroad

What's more, USI's undergraduate program in Public and Nonprofit Administration is the only one of its kind in the Tri-State area.

Jobs in public and nonprofit administration

The nonprofit sector represents over 10% of the American labor force, employing more than 12.5 million workers (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2019). From hospitals to schools to churches and civic organizations, the nonprofits represent the third largest workforce behind retail and manufacturing. Indiana nonprofits employ over 230,000 people and generates over $45 billion in annual revenues. Hoosiers donate about $3 billion to charity every year (3.34% of household income). A career in the nonprofit sector allows you to make a positive difference in your community while earning a competitive wage.

Minor in public and nonprofit administration

Irrespective of your chosen field of study, the PNPA minor will help strengthen your leadership and managerial skills, help you work with budgets and supervise employees. Whether you plan to work as a hospital administrator, for a government agency or an advocacy group, the PNPA minor will be relevant to you.

To find out how USI's Political Science degree program can prepare you for career and graduate school opportunities, contact USI Admission at 800-467-1965.

Degree Requirements

Nonprofit Resources

Check our resources page for scholarly and professional resources for nonprofits and nonprofit professional associations & infrastructure organizations.

Public policy studies in the Netherlands

Study Abroad: The Netherlands

In 2015, political science students traveled to the Netherlands for two weeks and earned three credits studying comparative public policy.

The Netherlands take a progressive and innovative approach to solving social problems such as housing, drug laws, transportation, architecture, urban planning and design, prostitution and crime.

The trip allowed students to learn about the Netherlands' successes and failures compared to the U.S. and to better understand how cultural factors influence policy adoption and implementation.

Learn more about the political science trip to the Netherlands.


Networking opportunities in public administration

Networking Reception

Join one of USI's political science student organizations to network with other students in the major, as well as alumni and working professionals.

Our organizations include the Political Science Society, the Pre-Law Club and Pi Sigma Alpha.


Celebrating Constitution Day

Constitution Day

Every year in September the University of Southern Indiana holds a public reading of the Constitution and Bill of Rights in honor of Constitution Day.

USI President Linda L. M. Bennett, who also is a professor of political science, reads Article II on executive power.


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