SPA officially launched the Bachelor of Arts in Public Service degree program this fall. The BAPS degree can be earned entirely online, providing students the flexibility to schedule course work around the reality of job and family demands.
Students in the BAPS program will learn skills and content knowledge to work in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors, and the emerging fourth sector that blends social and environmental concerns with business approaches.
“Our goal for the BAPS program is to prepare the next generation of leaders and managers to govern, serve and make decisions that promote the best interests of our communities,” says Paul Teske, dean of the School of Public Affairs.
Wendy Bolyard is the BAPS Program Director, and Ashley Ecklund joined SPA in July as the BAPS Advisor and Program Coordinator.
Four courses are being held this fall:
- Introduction to Leadership and Public Service
- Introduction to Nonprofit Organizations
- Managing Nonprofit Organizations
- Human Service Organizations
The program has 12 declared majors thus far, and many students have expressed interest in the degree.