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Public Administration and Social Service

  • Criminal Justice

    B.S.

    Criminal justice majors study the structure and function of the criminal justice system as it applies to adults and juveniles, focusing on criminal laws on the federal, state and local level and how they relate to the Constitution of the United States. Criminal justice students at Valdosta State University study various theories of criminology, learn how to apply scientific research techniques and related statistical techniques to the study of crime, and examine the criminal justice systems of countries around the world.

    Careers

    • Arson Investigator
    • ATF Special Agent
    • Border Patrol Agent
    • Caseworker
    • CIA Agent
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  • Criminal Justice

    M.S.

    Criminal justice majors study the structure and function of the criminal justice system as it applies to adults and juveniles, focusing on criminal laws on the federal, state and local level and how they relate to the Constitution of the United States. Criminal justice students at Valdosta State University study various theories of criminology, learn how to apply scientific research techniques and related statistical techniques to the study of crime, and examine the criminal justice systems of countries around the world. 

    Careers

    • Arson Investigator
    • ATF Special Agent
    • Border Patrol Agent
    • Caseworker
    • CIA Agent
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  • European Union Studies

    Certificate

    The certificate in European Union Studies is operated under the supervision of the European Council of the University System of Georgia. The program is open to all institutions and students of the University System as well as to professionals with an undergraduate degree. The program’s purpose is to promote knowledge of the European Union (EU) and certify individuals as competent in the subject area of EU studies. Since the EU is the most important economic and political partner of the United States, this certification demonstrates valuable professional expertise to potential employers. For students in the academic track, the interdisciplinary certificate can be earned as a supplement to any conventional undergraduate degree.

  • Human Capital Performance

    B.A.S.

    The Human Capital Performance major is designed to increase students' understanding of the social, psychological and managerial aspects of the work environment. The Human Capital Performance program at Valdosta State University equips students with invaluable skills in a variety of areas and prepares them for leadership positions within their technical field.

    Careers

    • Appraiser
    • Building Inspector
    • Business Owner
    • CNC Technician
    • Computer Systems Specialist
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  • Interdisciplinary Studies

    B.A.

    Interdisciplinary Studies is a program which allows you, the student, to be in control of designing your educational program. The degree, a Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies, is comprised of three academic areas of emphasis (18 hours, 15 hours and 12 hours, respectively). You may choose from any discipline offered as a major or minor at VSU, with the exception of Education, Nursing and Interior Design.

    There are two Tracks for Interdisciplinary Studies:
    Track 1 is open to students who are active-duty military or who have been out of school for at least two years.
    Track 2 is open to all students with a minimum gpa of 2.5.

  • Legal Assistant Studies

    B.A.

    Legal assistants play a crucial role in the United States legal system, assisting attorneys with research, document preparation and other important matters and working in a number of other capacities in courts, law offices and other legal-related fields. Legal assistant studies majors at Valdosta State University become well versed in the fundamental constitutional context of the American legal system and are prepared to enter the workforce or continue on to law school.

    Careers

    • Clerk of Court
    • Court Administrator
    • Law Office Manager
    • Lawyer
    • Legal Assistant
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  • Legal Assistant Studies

    Minor

    Legal assistants play a crucial role in the United States legal system, assisting attorneys with research, document preparation and other important matters and working in a number of other capacities in courts, law offices and other legal-related fields. Legal assistant studies majors at Valdosta State University become well versed in the fundamental constitutional context of the American legal system and are prepared to enter the workforce or continue on to law school. 

    Careers

    • Clerk of Court
    • Court Administrator
    • Law Office Manager
    • Lawyer
    • Legal Assistant
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  • Non-Profit Management

    Certificate

    The Public Administration Graduate Certificate Program is ideal for those interested in reinvigorating careers in government, non-profits, or non-government organizations (NGOs). Coursework provides the skills and qualifications that focus on essential leadership, management, finance, communication, organizational, and problem-solving skills and designed for those unsure about a long-term commitment to a full graduate program. Students take a two core courses and two elective courses depending on the certificate desired.

  • Organizational Leadership

    B.S.

    Organizational leadership involves the practices, theories, issues and ramifications of leading an organization or business. Students in the organizational leadership program at Valdosta State University learn about management, administration, human resources and technology related to today’s complex organizations in the public, private and nonprofit sectors. The online, multidisciplinary program is ideal for working professionals, members of the military, transfer students and those seeking degree completion, along with traditional students who wish to complete a degree online.

    Careers

    • Brand Manager
    • Brand Manager
    • Career Planner
    • Corporate Coach
    • Customer Service Manager
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  • Political Science

    B.A.

    Political science is the study of systems of government, politics, political behavior and public policies. Political scientists study the stages of government, the process by which political decisions are made and various matters that affect government behavior. Political science students at Valdosta State University focus on subfields of the discipline, including the American government and politics, comparative government and politics, international relations, political theory, public law and public administration.

    Careers

    • Archivist
    • Archivist
    • Banking Analyst
    • Campaign Advisor
    • Campaign Finance Advisor
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  • Political Science

    Minor

    Political science is the study of systems of government, politics, political behavior and public policies. Political scientists study the stages of government, the process by which political decisions are made and various matters that affect government behavior. Political science students at Valdosta State University focus on subfields of the discipline, including the American government and politics, comparative government and politics, international relations, political theory, public law and public administration.

    Careers

    • Archivist
    • Banking Analyst
    • Campaign Advisor
    • Campaign Finance Advisor
    • CIA Agent
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  • Public Administration

    D.P.A.

    The DPA a practitioner-based terminal degree designed for those wanting to advance their careers in government, non-profits, or non-government organizations (NGOs). Coursework further enhances the essential leadership, management, communication, and problem-solving skills required in today’s professional environment.

    Careers

    • Assistant City Manager
    • Budget Analyst
    • Budget Director
    • Chief Information Officer
    • City Administrator
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  • Public Administration

    M.P.A.

    The Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree is a non-thesis program. Applicants for admission to the MPA program are considered for acceptance regardless of their undergraduate degree area. This program is designed to allow in-service professionals the opportunity to meet the degree requirements in a swift, convenient manner. The MPA is offered in three concentrations: Public Sector Management, Public Sector Human Resource Management, and Public Policy. The Public Sector Management and Public Policy concentrations are offered fully online, while the Public Sector Human Resource Management is offered in a traditional setting at the Moody Air Force Base Campus.

    Careers

    • Assistant City Manager
    • Budget Analyst
    • Budget Director
    • City Administrator
    • City Manager
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  • Public Administration

    Minor

    In a fundamental sense, public administration involves the implementation of government policies. As an academic discipline, public administration trains students to become effective leaders responsible for implementing policies in any type of public or private organization. Students in the public administration program at Valdosta State University learn administrative skills that may be used in a variety of administrative careers and settings in both the public and private sectors.

    Careers

    • Archivist
    • Banking Analyst
    • Campaign Advisor
    • Campaign Finance Advisor
    • CIA Agent
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  • Public Management

    Certificate

    The Public Administration Graduate Certificate Program is ideal for those interested in reinvigorating careers in government, non-profits, or non-government organizations (NGOs). Coursework provides the skills and qualifications that focus on essential leadership, management, finance, communication, organizational, and problem-solving skills and designed for those unsure about a long-term commitment to a full graduate program. Students take a two core courses and two elective courses depending on the certificate desired.

  • Public Sector Human Resources Management

    Certificate

    The Public Administration Graduate Certificate Program is ideal for those interested in reinvigorating careers in government, non-profits, or non-government organizations (NGOs). Coursework provides the skills and qualifications that focus on essential leadership, management, finance, communication, organizational, and problem-solving skills and designed for those unsure about a long-term commitment to a full graduate program. Students take a two core courses and two elective courses depending on the certificate desired.

  • Social Work

    M.S.W.

    Social workers help individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities restore and enhance their capacity for social functioning. Social Workers care about their fellow citizens, want to help people improve their situations and strive to make a positive difference in people’s lives. The social work program at Valdosta State University prepares students for clinical practice and licensure in social work and produces graduates who are qualified to practice with diverse populations in multiple settings.

    Careers

    • Case Manager
    • Caseworker
    • Child and Family Specialist
    • Child Welfare Worker
    • Client Advocate
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