The John Glenn College of Public Affairs gives students the opportunity to craft a program fitting their needs through different specialization options, which allows them to focus on a particular policy area of interest or develop a specific skill. Students may fulfill the specialization requirements by completing an interdisciplinary Public Affairs specialization track, an approved minor, a personalized track or a double major.

Designed for individuals wishing to pursue leadership positions in nonprofit organizations. The Nonprofit Management track is an excellent option if you aspire to serve in the nonprofit sector, for a government agency that deals extensively with nonprofits or within the organized philanthropy field. Nonprofits are engaged in a wide-range of policy sectors, including social welfare, public health, education, arts and culture. As mission-driven organizations, nonprofits provide participants in the organization the opportunity to use their expertise to serve others. In the nonprofit track, you will gain the skills and knowledge relevant for a career in the nonprofit sector. The specialization track addresses the distinctive features and practices of nonprofit organizations and emphasizes management techniques helpful to nonprofit leaders.


Students on the Nonprofit Management track are required to take two foundational courses and then select at least 9 credit hours of elective courses from the course listings that are drawn from various departments across The Ohio State University. Students are encouraged, but not required, to participate in an internship with a nonprofit organization. Students who enroll in an internship experience for credit (e.g. PUB AFRS 4191.01/4191.02) can count the credit towards the 9 credit hours of elective track credit. Honors students should consult their advisor.


Foundational Courses (Take these courses)
  • PUB AFRS 2150 Introduction to Nonprofit Organizations (3 hours)
  • PUB AFRS 3140 Introduction to Nonprofit Management (3 hours)
Elective Courses (at least 9 hours):
  • PUB AFRS 3110 Education Policy in a Changing World (3 hours)
  • PUB AFRS 3500 Public Management (3 hours)
  • PUB AFRS 4060 Senior Leadership Seminar (3 hours)
  • PUB AFRS 4110 Higher Education and Workforce Policy (3 hours)
  • PUB AFRS 4510 Law and Public Affairs (3 hours)
  • PUB AFRS 5750H The Business-Government Relationship (3 hours)
  • PUB AFRS 5591 Lobbying and Government Relations (3 hours)
  • PUB AFRS 5592 Marketing for Public and Nonprofit Organizations
  • PUB AFRS 5590 Fundraising and Philanthropy for Nonprofit Organizations
  • English 4567S Rhetoric and Community Service (3 hours)
  • Art Education 3681 Managing Arts Organizations (3 hours)
  • Art Education 3680 Exploring the Creative Sector: Art Issues in the 21st Century (3 hours)
  • COMM 3325 Introduction to Organizational Communication (3 hours)
  • COMM 4556 Information Technology and Organizational Communication (3 hours)
  • BUS MHR 2500 Entrepreneurship (3 hours)
  • BUS MHR 3520 Leading High Performance Ventures (3 hours)
  • BUS MHR 3200 Managing Individuals in Organizations: Organizational Behavior and Human Resources (3 hours)
  • BUS MHR 3100 Foundations of Management and Human Resources (3 credit hours)
  • BUS FIN 3120 Foundations of Finance (3 credit hours)
  • ACCTMIS 2000 Foundations of Accounting (3 credit hours)


** Specialization tracks must have 12 unique hours. Students are permitted to overlap 1 course (3-credit hours) with the major core or a minor.

The Urban Policy specialization track offers undergraduate students a unique opportunity to study the important public policy issues facing cities and urban areas of today. This specialization track draws courses from a variety of academic disciplines, including Economics, City and Regional Planning, Political Science, Geography and Sociology. Students gain an understanding of the difficult problems local and regional governments face on a daily basis. Graduates of this program are well-suited for a variety of positions within government, nonprofit organizations and private sectors. Whether our students are serving in programmatic or analytical positions within local, county and regional government or are coordinating services for people in need within the nonprofit world, cities and communities look to our graduates to become leaders in public service.


Students in the Urban Policy and Management track are required to take two foundational courses and then select at least 9 credit hours of elective courses from the course listing drawn from various departments across The Ohio State University. Students are encouraged, but not required, to participate in an internship with a local government agency or nonprofit. Students who enroll in an internship experience for credit (e.g. PUB AFRS 4191) can count the credit towards the fifteen credit hours of elective track credit. Honors students should consult their advisor.


Foundational Courses (Take these courses)
  • PUB AFRS 5030 Local Government (3 hours)
  • POLITSC 4127 City Politics (3 hours)
Other Courses (at least 9 hours):
  • PUB AFRS 3110 Education Policy in a Changing World (3 hours)
  • PUB AFRS 3500 Public Management (3 hours)
  • PUB AFRS 4060 Senior Leadership Seminar (3 hours)
  • PUB AFRS 4510 Law and Public Affairs (3 hours)
  • PUB AFRS 5420 Race and Public Policy in the United States (3 hours)
  • PUB AFRS 5750H The Business-Government Relationship (3 hours)
  • PUB AFRS 5591 Lobbying and Government Relations (3 hours)
  • AFAMAST 2218 Black Urban Experience (3 hours)
  • BUSFIN 3400 Intorduction to Real Estate (3 hours)
  • COMPSTD 3661 The City and Culture (3 hours)
  • CRPLAN 3500 The Socially Just City (3 hours)
  • CRPLAN 2100 Reading the City through History and Law (3 hours)
  • ECON 4320 Public Expenditure and Cost-Benefit Analysis (3 hours)
  • ECON 4500 Economic Development (3 hours)
  • ECON 4920 Housing Economics (3 hours)
  • EDUTL 4005 Urban Teaching and Learning (3 hours)
  • GEOG 3597.01 World Urbanization (3 hours)
  • GEOG 5502 Social Cities (3 hours)
  • GEOG 5602 Urban Political Geography (3 hours)
  • POLITSC 5140 Ethnic Politics in American Cities (3 hours)
  • POLITSC 5124 Urban Politics (3 hours)


** Specialization tracks must have 12 unique hours. Students are permitted to overlap 1 course (3-credit hours) with the major core, or a minor.

The Civic Engagement Specialization track explores the role of the citizenship by examining a variety of ways that people can work together to influence public policy decisions made the government. Students analyze ideas and concepts related to community, leadership, service, organization, capacity building and social change. Students on the Civic Engagement track will be prepared to empower members of communities and lead them toward making a difference. Courses are drawn from a variety of academic disciplines. Students learn about how social change occurs, how members of a community can work together and how individuals can effect in public policy issues. This track helps students realize their potential for impacting their communities and offers help answers to the long-standing question “can one person really make a difference?”


Students on the Civic Engagement track are required to take two foundational courses and then select at least 9 credit hours of elective courses from the course listing drawn from various departments across The Ohio State University. Students are encouraged, but not required, to participate in an internship with a nonprofit organization. Students who enroll in an internship experience for credit (e.g. PUB AFRS 4191) can count the credit towards the nine credit hours of elective track credit. Honors students should consult their advisor.


Foundational Courses (Take these courses)
  • ESHESA Leadership in Community Service (3 hours)
  • POLITSC 4160 Public Opinion (3 hours)
Other Courses (at least 9 hours):
  • PUB AFRS 3110 Education Policy in a Changing World (3 hours)
  • PUB AFRS 3500 Public Management (3 hours)
  • PUB AFRS 4060 Senior Leadership Seminar (3 hours)
  • PUB AFRS 4510 Law and Public Affairs (3 hours)
  • PUB AFRS 5750H The Business-Government Relationship (3 hours)
  • PUB AFRS 5591 Lobbying and Government Relations (3 hours)
  • PUB AFRS 5592 Marketing for Public and Nonprofit Organizations
  • PUB AFRS 5420 Race and Public Policy in the United States (3 hours)
  • AFAMAST 5189S Community Development: Field Research and Seminar (3 hours)
  • AFAMAST/POLITSC 4504 Black Politics (3 hours)
  • COMM 4814 Political Communication (3 hours)
  • COMLDR 3530: Foundations of Personal and Professional Leadership (3 hours)
  • ECON 3048 Ethics and Social Responsibility (3 hours)
  • POLITSC 2150/2150H: Voters and Elections (3 hours)
  • POLITSC 4150: American Political Parties (3 hours)
  • POLITSC 4152: Campaign Politics (3 hours)
  • POLITSC 4136: Civil Liberties (3 hours)
  • POLITSC 4164 Political Participation and Voting Behavior (3 hours)
  • POLITSC 4165: The Mass Media and American Politics (3 hours)
  • POLITSC 4170: Gender and Politics (3 hours)
  • SOCIOL 2391 Social Organization of Communities (3 hours)
  • SOCIOL 3407 Social Change (3 hours)
  • SOCIOL 3463/3463H Social Stratification: Race, Class, and Gender (3 hours)
  • WGSST 3385 Women and Political Leadership Internship (3 hours)
  • WGSST 4513 Women, Government and Public Policy (3 hours)


** Specialization tracks must have 12 unique hours. Students are permitted to overlap 1 course (3-credit hours) with the major core, or a minor.

Designed for individuals that want to obtain positions within educational or community organizations. The Education Policy track is a great option for working for government, nonprofit program development sectors, educational organizations, manage schools, provide consulting services to government and work internationally to advance education in developing countries. Many educational agencies require skilled professionals with expertise in Public Affairs, such as, evaluation, data mining and modeling and finance.


Students on the Education Policy track are required to take two foundational courses and then select at least 9 credit hours of elective courses from a list of courses drawn from various departments across The Ohio State University. Students are encouraged, but not required, to participate in an internship with a local government or nonprofit agency. Students who enroll in an internship experience for credit (e.g. PUB AFRS 4191.01/4191.02) can count the credit towards the fifteen credit hours of elective track credit. Honors students should consult their advisor.


Foundational Courses (Take these courses)
  • PUB AFRS 3110 Education Policy in a Changing World (3 hours)
  • PUB AFRS 4110 Higher Education and Workforce Policy (3 hours)
Other Courses (at least 9 hours):
  • ESWDE 5624 Foundations of Workforce Development and Education (3 hours)
  • ESCFS 5260 Children, Families, and Communities in Conflict (3 hours)
  • ESCFE 3206 School and Society (3 hours)
  • ESCFE 4214 Gender and Education (3 hours)
  • ESCFE 4245 Education and Spirituality: Holistic Perspectives (3 hours)
  • ESCFE 4280 History of Modern Education (3 hours)
  • SOCIOL 2320 Sociology of Education (3 hours)
  • SOCIOL 3306 Sociology of Poverty (3 hours)
  • SOCIOL 3464 Work, Employment and Society (3 hours)


** Specialization tracks must have 12 unique hours. Students are permitted to overlap 1 course (3-credit hours) with the major core, or a minor.

The Public Management track prepares students to serve in manangement roles for public organizations at the local, state or national level. This track requires two foundational courses – one in Public Decision-Making and one in Law and Public Affairs. The Public Affairs Decision Making core course provides students with an understanding of how managers of public sectors make decisions to pursue strategies that achieve important public and management goals. The Law and Public Affairs course provides students with an understanding of legal operations within a public organization environment . In addition to the two required courses, students must select three additional courses to complete this track.


Students on the Public Management track are required to take two foundational courses and then select at least 9 credit hours of elective courses from the course listing of courses drawn from various departments across The Ohio State University. Students are encouraged, but not required, to participate in an internship with a local government or nonprofit agency. Students who enroll in an internship experience for credit (e.g. PUB AFRS 4191.01/4191.02) can count the credit towards the fifteen credit hours of elective track credit. Honors students should consult their advisor.


Foundational Courses (Take these courses)
  • PUBAFRS 4510 Law and Public Affairs (3 hours)
  • PUBAFRS 4010 Public Affairs Decision Making
Other Courses (at least 9 hours):
  • PUBAFRS 3140 Nonprofit Management and Governance (3 hours)
  • PUBAFRS 4000 Program Evaluation
  • PUBAFRS 4020 Public Affairs Decision Making - WAIP
  • PUBAFRS 4310 State and Local Government Finance
  • PUBAFRS 5030 Local Government
  • PUBAFRS 5592 Marketing for Public and Nonprofit Organizations (3 hours)
  • PUBAFRS 5750 Public Policy: The Business-Government Relationship (3 hours)
  • ACCTMIS 2000 Foundations of Accounting (3 hours)
  • BUSMHR 3665 Personal Creativity and Innovation (3 hours)
  • BUSMGT 2320 Decision Sciences: Statistical techniques (3 hours)
  • CSE 2111 Modeling and Problem Solving (3 hours)
  • COMM 3325 Introduction to Organizational Communication (3 hours)
  • COMM 4556 Information Technology and Organizational Communication (3 hours)
  • POLITSCI 4115 Bureaucracy and Public Policy (3 hours)
  • POLITSCI 4125 American State Politics (3 hours)
  • POLITSCI 4127 City Politics (3 hours)
  • PSYCH 4522 Organizational Psychology (3 hours)


** Specialization tracks must have 12 unique hours. Students are permitted to overlap 1 course (3-credit hours) with the major core, or a minor.
Students also have the opportunity to work with an advisor to design a personalized track focusing on a policy area of particular interest. Personalized tracks must be interdisciplinary in nature, consist of a minimum of 15 credit hours, may not duplicate existing tracks or minors and must be approved by the Glenn College’s undergraduate curriculum committee. Please see your advisor for more information.

In addition to the public affairs specialization tracks, students have the opportunity to fulfill the specialization requirement through the completion of an approved minor offered by another academic unit on campus. Students may choose minors that reflect their unique policy interests, as minors are an opportunity to delve more deeply into specialized topics. Popular minors include political science, public health, and communication. Some programs, such as Russian, have even designed specialized minors for Glenn College students. Please see an advisor for more information

Note: In order to fulfill the specialization requirement for the Public Affairs major, students must complete one specialization track OR one approved minor. Students are encouraged to pursue additional minors beyond the minimum requirement if their schedule allows. For a complete list of minors at Ohio State, please click here, artsandsciences.osu.edu/academics/programs#minors-academic.






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