Public Service Leadership


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Transform your passion for helping others into a compelling career that puts you at the center of a rewarding profession focused on public policy and public organization management.

Public service leadership is a comprehensive major that prepares you for positions of leadership in nonprofit, community and government organizations.

Through rigorous coursework and enriching experiential activities, you'll develop competencies in ethical decision-making, analytical thinking, effective communication, leadership, teamwork and more.

In the classroom, you'll learn about U.S. government and politics, public administration, grant writing, economics, policy analysis, leadership, finance and budgeting, and more. A capstone course integrates your studies and hones critical thinking, research and writing skills.

Real-world experience is integral to the program. Through a required internship, you'll gain valuable networking contacts, boost competencies and acquire firsthand insight into this rewarding career field. BW's proximity to Cleveland puts you within a 20-minute drive to outstanding opportunities.

BW's Community Research Institute offers additional real-world experience. Getting involved puts you in contact with government agencies and nonprofit organizations seeking research assistance.


  • Nonprofit program management
  • Municipal management
  • Nonprofit grant writer
  • Program coordination for county-level public
  • Community relations management for local government agencies
  • Government and community affairs manager for private companies


A comprehensive program, public service leadership is offered as a major and minor. Through coursework and experiential activities, you'll develop a broad understanding of what constitutes public service and gain insights into the public policy process. You'll develop competencies in writing, presentation, policy research, basic quantitative and qualitative analysis, and introductory public budgeting. You'll also be exposed to a range of career opportunities in government agencies and nonprofit organizations.


Course Descriptions

Course descriptions, requirements for the major and additional information can be found in the University Catalog.


Experiential learning bridges classroom study with real-world opportunities. You'll gain practical experience working with municipal, state and federal agencies and with nonprofit organizations like the Downtown Cleveland Alliance and Northeast Ohio Coalition for the Homeless.

Experiential learning bridges classroom study with real-world opportunities. You can enhance your studies through internships, co-curricular activities and other learning opportunities that include:

Community Research Institute
Gain real-world research experience through BW's Community Research Institute. The Institute serves government agencies and nonprofit organizations in Northeast Ohio through services that include surveys and feasibility studies. Recent projects include a study of the use of bilingual ballots for the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections, and survey research for Heights Libraries, West Creek Conservancy, Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District and Downtown Cleveland Alliance.

Career Networking
Make career contacts through an Advisory Committee designed just for Political Science, public service leadership, international affairs, national security and legal studies majors and minors. BW alumni and other professionals serve as resources for informational interviews, shadowing and other networking opportunities. Students can learn about careers in politics, policy, government, law and foreign service and obtain information about attending graduate or law school.

Internship in Washington, D.C.
This semester-long internship program based at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., helps students develop professional skills, earn academic credit and gain valuable job experience interning in settings that include the United States Congress, news organizations, nonprofits and law firms.

Model United Nations
A successful program in existence at BW for 40 years, Model United Nations is a series of simulations run as conferences where participating student teams from different universities learn about international diplomacy and the workings of intergovernmental organizations. The teams tackle current issues through negotiation and debate. The communication, negotiation and public speaking aspects make Model UN relevant for students of all majors. Over the years, the team and individual members of BW's Model UN and Model African Union teams have won every award at Harvard Model UN, Model NATO, Model AU, and LEIMUN, including Best Delegation.


At Baldwin Wallace, you’ll experience personal and professional growth in a supportive community that challenges and inspires you to succeed.

Baldwin Wallace has long championed the success of its students. Evidence of this can be seen in the extraordinary achievements of its alumni spread throughout the United States and the world.

Among recent accolades, 92 percent of graduates from the Class of 2014 reported being in rewarding jobs or in graduate school studies within six months after graduation.


Full-Time Faculty

Mark Mattern
Department Chair, Political Science and Professor
Ph.D., University of Minnesota

Haesook Chae
Associate Professor
Ph.D., University of Southern California

Lauren Copeland
Associate Director of Community Research Institute and Assistant Professor
Ph.D., University of California

Judy Krutky
Director, Intercultural Education and Professor
Ph.D., Columbia University

Javier Morales-Ortiz
Associate Professor
Ph.D., University of Connecticut

Barbara Palmer
Associate Professor
Ph.D., University of Minnesota

Thomas Sutton
Ph.D., Kent State University