2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog 
    May 26, 2024  
2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Public Service Certificate

Location(s): Brookings Main Campus

Program Coordinator/Contact

A. James Murphy, Associate Director
School of American and Global Studies
West Hall Room 118, Box 510

Program Information

The challenges facing societies today cannot be solved by a single government, nonprofit, or corporation. Problems such as stewardship of resources, poverty, sustainability, or access to education are complex, interconnected, and subject to real world constraints when it comes to finding solutions and mitigating their negative consequences. The future success of communities in South Dakota is predicated upon engaged yet pragmatic citizens who know how to work toward the greater public good across diverse constituencies and sectors.

The undergraduate certificate in Public Service will create a corps of passionate leaders through academic excellence, civic engagement, and ethical stewardship devoted to advancing the overall public good through public service. Unlike government advocacy that serves the defined interests of business, industry, or interest groups, the aim of the Public Service Certificate is to educate the next generation of public servants, equipping them with the leadership skills and experiential learning opportunities needed to solve today’s complex challenges. Students will study their chosen major, develop 21st century leadership skills such as intercultural competency and professional ethics, and complete an internship that tackles real-world challenges in the public, private, or nonprofit sector.

The Public Service Certificate is a value-added credential to all majors and may be of particular interest to existing majors seeking preparation in fields as varied as education, ethics, languages and cultural competence, health care, infrastructure, military, politics, public policy, or social planning. Completion of this certificate is a stand-out credential for students applying for employment in public service professions (e.g., police officers, firefighters, judges, public health workers, city engineers, urban planners, economists, bank examiners, housing agency administrators, homeless shelter directors and other nonprofit management positions) or when running for public office.

Student Learning Outcomes

Students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate awareness and respect for diverse and cross-cultural perspectives, behavior, and languages as they pertain to community leadership, stewardship, and public service.
  • Explain the processes of policymaking and implementation.
  • Demonstrate a working knowledge of public, non-profit, and philanthropic sectors.
  • and an ability to engage and work across multiple sectors.
  • Apply ethical principles in the analysis of problems relevant to the public or non-profit sector.
  • Apply active public stewardship, citizenship, and service through community outreach and service projects.

Academic Requirements

Students must earn a “C” or better in each course used to meet the requirements for the certificate.

Course Delivery Format

The program provides courses face to face on campus and online.

Total Required Credits: 12