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School of Public Service (SPS) Courses


SPS 101 PUBLIC SERVICE, CIVIC ENGAGEMENT, AND COMMUNITY CONFLICT (3-0-3)(F/S)(DLS). Students are introduced to the meaning and value of public service in democratic societies and will explore its capacity to address community challenges in the 21st century. Students draw lessons from their own experiences and consider their future as public servants and empowered citizens. Classes involve presentations by a variety of public service professionals, field visits, and engaged learning opportunities.


SPS 300 COMMUNICATION IN THE PUBLIC SPHERE (3-0-3)(F/S)(CID). Introduces communication concepts central to public service work, including the role of rhetoric, public engagement, and the mass media in governance contexts. Provides students with a variety of writing and oral presentation skills useful for public and/or policy-oriented communication. PREREQ: ENGL 102.