Understanding the varied academic and professional interests, concerns, and specializations that the major represents, students will choose a track consisting of three courses (nine hours) from the College’s course listings outside the Department of Public and Community Service Studies. Each track stresses integration of conceptual and methodological materials from other disciplines at the College. While the courses comprising each student’s track will be determined by the student, in consultation with a faculty member from the institute and a faculty member from the area the track represents, four representative tracks are as follows:
Not-for-Profit Management Track
This track will emphasize the skills and conceptual tools — derived from disciplines such as management, marketing, finance, and accounting — essential to anyone interested in the not-for-profit organizations and their work.
This track will explore the philosophy, theology, arts, literature, and culture of community service, with a view toward integrating students’ appreciation and analysis of the relationship among culture, values, and community, all as they relate to public service.
Social Science/Policy Analysis Track
This track will allow students to examine the connections between community service and larger social and public policy questions. Students may choose a specific policy interest for their emphasis (e.g., public health, education, science, and technology) or may craft a more general group of courses to make up the track.
Environmental Problems Track
This track will permit the exploration of environmental issues and problems through courses drawn from the physical sciences as well as the humanities.
It will be the student’s responsibility, in conjunction with faculty advisors, to demonstrate the relationship of the track to the major and to show how the track of courses chosen deepens understanding of the particular subject area in relation to service. As such, students will normally not be allowed to use three introductory- or survey-level courses to comprise the track.