University of Southern Indiana

Public & Nonprofit Administration (PNPA)

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.


About the public and nonprofit administration program

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

Federal employment projections estimate a 19 percent increase in employment in management occupations in the social service sector in Indiana (Bureau of Labor Statistics Projections, 2015). In addition, government employment is expecting a fairly dramatic retirement effect over the next decade with 30 percent of federal employees eligible to retire this year (Office of Personnel Management, 2016). The PNPA concentration will prepare you to fill these voids in the Indiana job market.

NEW Starting in the fall of 2018, we offer a minor in public and nonprofit administration (PNPA). Irrespective of your chosen field of study, the minor in PNPA will help strengthen you leadership and managerial skills, help you work with budgets, and supervise employees. Whether you wish to work as a hospital administrator, for a government agency, or an advocacy group, the PNPA minor will be relevant to you.

For more information, contact the Political Science and Public Administration Department at  or 812-465-1130 or at  or 812-461-5204.


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