Public Service and Public Policy

The concentration in public service and public policy is designed for students from across the university who have an interest in public service and public policy issues, such as students with other concentrations in, sociology, criminology, the arts, the sciences and business. Course work provides basic knowledge of the field and enriches the major with an applied policy focus. The concentration has a strong professional and applied focus, intended to enhance students' education and ability to seek jobs in the public sector.

The public service sector offers sustainable, exciting and fulfilling career options. With a concentration in public service and public policy, students use their knowledge of the public sector as a catalyst to change the world. By understanding the challenges that government faces and being well-versed in the development of multiple, useful and realistic solutions, they can contribute to the development of local, national and global communities.


  • Students must complete a minimum of 18 credit hours including 12 of upper division hours for this concentration.
  • All courses must be completed with a grade of “C” (2.00) or higher.
  • A minimum 12 credit hours must be taken in the School of Public Affairs at ASU.
  • * Students completing this BIS concentration are not required to complete all listed prerequisites, please consult with your advisor so that they may acquire the appropriate over-ride for this course[cdr1] 

Core 9 Hours Required
All courses listed in the Core area are required.

PAF 200 Public Service and Policy in the 21st Century (3)

PAF 300 Public Management and Administration (3)

PAF 340 Contemporary Policy Challenges (3) (Prerequisites: Minimum 30 hours)

Electives 9 Hours Required
Other related electives may be selected with approval from an advisor in the School of Public Affairs.
Choose elective courses from the following:

PAF 201 Economics and Public Policy, SB (3)

PAF 311 Leadership and Change, SB (3) (Prerequisites: Minimum 30 hours)

PAF 410 Building Leadership skills, SB (3) (Prerequisites: Minimum 30 hours; Credit is allowed for only PAF 410 or URB 410)

PAF 420 Public Leadership (3)

PAF 470 Topics in public economics and financial management (3) (Prerequisites: ECN 212 or PAF 201 with C or better)

PAF 471 Public Policy Analysis (3) (Prerequisites: PAF 301 and PAF 340 with C or better)

URB 300 Urban and Metropolitan Studies (3) (Credit is allowed for only URB 100 or 300)

URB 305 Urban Governance (3) (Credit is allowed for only URB 105 or 305)


All Interdisciplinary Studies students are required to complete a 12 credit hour core.

BIS 301, BIS 302 and BIS 402 courses require:

  • A meeting with your academic advisor to:
    Ensure both of your concentration areas have been declared
    Are working towards completing (or have completed) 1-2 courses in each declared concentration

  • One course meeting general studies MA requirement
  • ENG 102 or ENG 105 or ENG 108 or First Year Composition Completed
  • Minimum 2.00 GPA

Required Courses (12 credit hours):

BIS 301 Foundations of Interdisciplinary Studies, L (3)

BIS 302 Interdisciplinary Inquiry (3)
     Prerequisite(s): BIS 301 with C or better

BIS 401 Applied Interdisciplinary Studies (3) (requires application)
     Prerequisites: BIS 301 with C or better; BIS 302 with C or better; Minimum of two courses completed in each concentration area

BIS 402 Senior Seminar, L (3)
     Prerequisite(s): BIS 301 with C or better; BIS 302 with C or better

For important information, additional major requirements, course descriptions, and application deadlines: Interdisciplinary Studies Core Courses

For assistance in selecting your concentration areas of study complete the Interdisciplinary Studies concentration workshop: Interdisciplinary Studies Pre-Advising Workshop

Transfer to ASU

Maricopa County Community College District (MCCCD) transfer students

  • Courses may fulfill Arizona General Education Curriculum (AGEC) or Associate’s degree requirements, consult with your community college academic advisor for details.
  • MCCCD course transfer equivalencies are listed here; they may be applied toward this concentration (maximum of six credits or two courses).
  • Information listed was current for this catalog year at the time of printing, consult for verification.






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