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Undergraduate Programs
Nonprofit Leadership & Management, BS

Through the B.S. in nonprofit leadership and management program, students are empowered to become successful professionals who positively impact the community in which they work. The nonprofit sector in the United States is unique in form and function. This sector includes institutions and individuals situated between government, public and business entities. It is this sector, with more than 1.2 million organizations in the U.S., that mediates, innovates and promotes social causes and services. Philanthropy (voluntary action for the public good) is a hallmark of the nonprofit sector as individuals give their time, money and know-how to causes about which they care. Students in the nonprofit leadership and management program learn about the nonprofit sector through curriculum instruction and field experience. The required internship component of the program leads students to professional opportunities within the nonprofit sector. Within the undergraduate degree requirements, students may also choose to pursue an American Humanics Certificate and subsequently earn national certification from American Humanics, Inc., which will prepare them to lead and strengthen nonprofit organizations. For more information, access the school's website. This major is eligible for the Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) program at the following location: Downtown Phoenix campus. Students from Western states, who select this major and campus, may be eligible for reduced nonresident tuition at a rate of 150 percent of Arizona resident tuition plus all applicable fees. See more information and eligibility requirements on the Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) program. Additional Program Fee: No Second Language Requirement: No First Required Math Course: MAT 142 - College Mathematics.

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Parks & Recreation Management, BS

The B.S. in Parks & Recreation Management provides an interdisciplinary education in the management of parks, protected areas, community-based recreation services and special-event management. The parks and recreation field emerged from the youth development, recreation and park movements of the late 19th century. Students learn to integrate the managerial, natural and social sciences, to make informed decisions for recreation service delivery.

The curriculum of classroom instruction and field experiences covers: communication, history, inclusive services, management, parks and recreation policy, planning and programming. The required internship component of the program allows students to gain practical experience in the parks and recreation professions. The B.S. in Parks and Recreation Management prepares students for professional positions in a variety of public, private and nonprofit organizations. The National Recreation and Park Association accredits this degree program.

There are three areas of emphasis: community recreation services management, natural resource recreation management and special event management. Students interested in the B.S. in Parks and Recreation management may also be interested in the school's therapeutic recreation program.

Additional Program Fee: No
Second Language Requirement: No
First Required Math Course: MAT 142 - College Mathematics.
Transfer Agreements:  ASU has partnered with the following institutions to enable you to do a seamless transfer. Maricopa County Community College District Career Opportunities:  This degree program prepares students for professional positions in a variety of public, private and nonprofit organizations.

Graduates are employed in a variety of settings in Arizona, nationally and abroad. Graduates find employment in such diverse settings as: City park and recreation departments, county and state park agencies. Federal natural resource agencies, hospitals, special event management, sport venues, tour operations and youth agencies. In such settings, graduates design, develop and manage services that address the recreational needs of a particular clientele.

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Therapeutic Recreation, BS

The B.S. in parks and recreation management with a concentration in therapeutic recreation is the only program in Arizona that prepares students for national professional certification in therapeutic recreation. The program is designed for students who have an interest in providing therapeutic interventions and adaptive recreation services for individuals with social problems, illnesses and disabling conditions. The required internship component of the program allows students to gain practical experiences in the therapeutic recreation field. Students who choose this concentration are truly committed to improving people's lives and contributing to their communities. This major is eligible for the Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) program at the following location: Downtown Phoenix campus. Students from Western states, who select this major and campus, may be eligible for reduced nonresident tuition at a rate of 150 percent of Arizona resident tuition plus all applicable fees. See more information and eligibility requirements on the Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) program. Additional Program Fee: No Second Language Requirement: No First Required Math Course: MAT 142 - College Mathematics.

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Tourism Development & Management (Resort and Accommodations Leadership), BS

The concentration in resort and accommodations leadership will attract students and professionals who have interests in the diverse areas of knowledge needed within the accommodations sector, such as: Career opportunities. Ecological, social and economic sustainability practices in the industry. The interrelated functions within departments of the lodging and food and beverage industries. Management and leadership specifically for the accommodations sector. Meeting the expectations of hotel and resort guests. A concentration in resort and accommodations leadership will provide students an academic option to study in-depth the resort and accommodations system/sector and gain knowledge of the importance of the business relationships between suppliers, intermediaries/vendors, guests and the public and private sectors. The concentration will prepare students to serve our community by developing the skills, knowledge, techniques and capabilities needed for addressing major issues related to resorts and other tourism accommodations. Additional Program Fee: No Second Language Requirement: No First Required Math Course: MAT 142 - College Mathematics.

Tourism Development & Management, BS

Through the B.S. in tourism development and management, students acquire the planning and management skills related to the growth and development of tourism throughout the world. The curriculum prepares students for employment across a wide variety of occupations in the rapidly expanding travel and tourism industry, while taking full advantage of its strong connections with the professional tourism community in Phoenix. The required internship component of the program allows students to gain practical experiences leading to professional positions in various travel, tourism and related fields. Exposure to the businesses of heritage tourism, sustainable tourism, resort management and meeting and convention planning prepare students for successful careers in the travel and tourism industry. While pursuing the bachelor's in tourism development and management, a student may also choose to complete a certificate in convention sales and meeting planning. Additionally, students have the opportunity to participate in a study abroad program. Additional Program Fee: No Second Language Requirement: No First Required Math Course: MAT 142 - College Mathematics.

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Tourism Development and Management (Sustainable Tourism), BS

The tourism development and management major provides students with the theoretical understanding necessary to maneuver the complexities of one of the world's largest industries. A concentration in sustainable tourism allows majors to hone their understanding of the key concepts of sustainability and how these can be applied to tourism destinations and development. Students will learn the dominant theories and language that make up sustainability science and the skills necessary to measure, create and implement sustainability policies in tourism destinations, from the planning to the management stage of development. Students will take courses offered by the School of Sustainability in addition to courses in the School of Community Resources and Development, guaranteeing a strong foundation in the basic theories of the growing discipline of sustainability while applying these newfound skills to tourism development and management. Additional Program Fee: No Second Language Requirement: No First Required Math Course: MAT 142 - College Mathematics.

Graduate Programs
Community Resources and Development (MS)

Degree Awarded: MS Community Resources and Development The M.S. in community resources and development is offered by the School of Community Resources and Development. The M.S. program prepares students to analyze and understand critical topics and issues pertinent to the field of recreation, parks, and tourism planning, development and management. Students choose between two academic options: the thesis or the professional option.

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Nonprofit Studies (MNpS)

Degree Awarded: MNPS Nonprofit Studies The M.Np.S. program is intended for professionals who work in or desire to work in the nonprofit sector. The degree program provides an opportunity to obtain an advanced degree that addresses the unique character of nonprofit organizations and the social sector. Students interested in nonprofit management and social sector organizations explore research, theory and the practice of management and leadership in the nonprofit sector.

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Sustainable Tourism (MAS)

Degree Awarded: MAS Sustainable Tourism Students in the M.A.S. in sustainable tourism receive a comprehensive education with a focus on the environmental, economic and social aspects of tourism, equipping them with the skills necessary to create pioneering sustainable development solutions to the challenges facing tourism today. This holistic curriculum focuses on integrating all three pillars of sustainability into existing tourism theories and concepts. The program prepares future sustainable tourism professionals to meet the increasing demand for people trained in sustainability practices and the application of those practices in tourism. The program can be completed online.

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Doctoral Programs
Community Resources and Development (PhD)

The School of Community Resources and Development and the Department of Recreation and Tourism Management offer a graduate program leading to the Ph.D. in community resources and development. The Ph.D. in community resources and development is a theoretically grounded, research-intensive degree program designed to prepare graduates for research-oriented careers in higher education, governmental agencies, nonprofit organizations and private-sector businesses. The program is based on the concept of building sustainable and healthy communities as the unifying principle in the established focus areas of: Community studies. Nonprofit leadership and management. Parks, recreation and leisure. Tourism development and management. The theoretical and methodological approaches embedded in this program serve to integrate scholarship in these areas, in order to gain a more meaningful understanding of, and impact on, community life and dynamics. The program is interdisciplinary in nature. The core faculty engaged in this program is housed in the School of Community Resources and Development at the Downtown Phoenix campus. In addition, the program builds on current collaborations with faculty with related research interests from many ASU departments, schools and centers.

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Minors
  • Nonprofit Administration, Minor

    The minor in nonprofit administration empowers students to positively impact the community in which they work. Course work introduces students to the competencies required for successful professional careers with nonprofit, social sector organizations that exist to improve the quality of life of communities. The nonprofit sector in the U.S. is unique in form and function, with more than 1.2 million organizations in the U.S. The Arizona nonprofit sector also is experiencing robust growth with more than 29,000 registered nonprofits and more than 1,500 new nonprofits formed yearly. The minor allows students enrolled in other undergraduate programs at ASU to broaden their educational experiences. Students from such various disciplines as business, education, museum studies, nursing, public affairs, religious studies, social work and many others might find this program a beneficial supplement to their existing program.

  • Parks and Protected Area Management, Minor

    As the Southwest continues to develop and urbanize, the demands and pressures on public lands and natural resources continues to grow. The interplay between society and natural resources is key to understanding modernity and continues to be at the center of policy issues and quality of life debates in the West. The minor in parks and protected area management introduces students to the role of parks and protected areas, with a focus on the unique issues faced by urban-proximate natural area managers. The minor allows students enrolled in other undergraduate programs at ASU to broaden their educational experiences. Students from such various disciplines as business, education, nursing, public affairs, social work and many others might find this program a beneficial supplement to their existing program. Students interested in the parks and protected area management minor may also be interested in therapeutic recreation, available through the parks and recreation management program.

  • Recreation Management, Minor

    The minor in recreation management introduces students to community recreation programming and planning for a variety of populations. The minor allows students enrolled in other undergraduate programs at ASU to broaden their educational experiences. Students from such various disciplines as business, education, nursing, public affairs, social work and many others might find this program a beneficial supplement to their existing program. Students interested in the recreation management minor may also be interested in the school's therapeutic recreation program.

  • Special Events Management, Minor

    The minor in special events management is designed to offer students a solid understanding of special event programming and management. In addition to the two-tiered special event course, which provides basic and advanced instruction as well as experiential learning opportunities through event production, students will be able to select electives to meet their interests. The minor allows students enrolled in other undergraduate programs at ASU to broaden their educational experiences. Students from such various disciplines as business, communication and many others find this program a beneficial supplement to their existing program. For more information, access the school's website.

  • Sustainable Tourism, Minor

    As sustainability expands in popularity as a discipline, students are looking to find ways to better understand how they can apply the principles of sustainability to specific areas of interest. A minor in sustainable tourism development will allow students from any major to learn the basic concepts and theories of tourism development and management and help them identify ways in which tourism can contribute to sustainable development, locally and globally. The minor allows students enrolled in other undergraduate programs at ASU to broaden their educational experiences. Students from such various disciplines as sustainability, business, and many others will find this program a beneficial supplement to their existing program. Students may also choose to complete a study abroad program.

  • Tourism Development and Management, Minor

    The minor in tourism development and management provides students with the planning and development skills needed to enter the largest industry in the world. Exposure to the businesses of sustainable tourism, heritage tourism and meeting and convention planning will begin to prepare students for successful careers in the fast-growing travel and tourism industry. According to the World Tourism Organization and the World Travel and Tourism Council, the travel and tourism industry is the largest industry and employer in the world. It is the third largest industry in the United States and ranks as the second largest industry in Arizona. The minor allows students enrolled in other undergraduate programs at ASU to broaden their educational experiences. Students from such various disciplines as business, communication and many others find this program a beneficial supplement to their existing program. Having completed the minor in tourism development and management, a student may also complete a certificate in convention sales and meeting planning. For more information, access the school's website. Students may also choose to participate in a study abroad program.

  • Youth Services Leadership, Minor

    The minor in youth services leadership is designed to explore the area of youth leadership from the perspective of those who work face-to-face with youth in a variety of settings. The minor allows students enrolled in a variety of undergraduate programs at ASU to broaden their knowledge of youth services. Students from programs such as education, nursing, social work, criminal justice and others may find this program a beneficial supplement to their existing program.

Certificates
  • Convention Sales and Meeting Planning, Certificate

    The U.S. meetings, conventions and exhibitions industry generates more than $120 billion a year, supporting nearly two million jobs. Students can explore this exciting growth industry with the convention sales and meeting planning certificate. The demand for professionals is strong and we provide an excellent foundation for enhancing career opportunities nationally and regionally. Phoenix is a major convention and meeting destination. The $600 million investment in the Phoenix Convention Center expansion, new hotel and other visitor-related product development, as well as corporate headquarters that continue to relocate to the greater Phoenix area have created the need for qualified professionals to service conventions and meetings. The certificate, which has been endorsed by the Greater Phoenix Convention and Visitors Bureau and the Arizona Sunbelt Chapter of Meeting Professionals International, will enhance a graduate's career opportunities as a tourism professional.

  • Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender, Certificate
    The undergraduate certificate in lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender studies is offered by the Committee on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Studies, administered through the College of Public Programs. Advising is provided through University College. Lesbians, gay men, bisexuals and transgendered (LGBTQ) people play important roles as colleagues, clients, parents, children, siblings, neighbors, employees, employers, religious leaders and friends. Given the increasing visibility and changing political climate for LGBTQ people in the United States, all students, not only those who identify themselves as gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender, are served well by learning about the histories, communities and contemporary social issues regarding people from LGBTQ backgrounds. The educational experience is enhanced when students are introduced to complex intersections between and among sexual, racial, ethnic, religious, geographic and national identities. The philosophy of this certificate program is to promote intellectual and pedagogical diversity as one of the university's greatest assets, in part by instilling in students sensitivity to cultures different from their own, but also through careful analysis of the self in historical, artistic and sociocultural contexts. The goals of the certificate program are to give students: Knowledge about the history, evolution of and current issues facing the LBGTQ community. Practical experience in utilizing course work knowledge in the community through an internship or community service project. Theoretical perspectives on heterosexuality as a presumptive sexual identity. An understanding of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender studies as an academic area of inquiry. An understanding of community politics, dynamics and conflicts. Use-inspired education that culminates in a public presentation.
  • NonProfit Leadership and Management (Grad Cert)

    The graduate certificate in nonprofit leadership and management, offered through the College of Public Programs, is a graduate program that provides students with an understanding of the nonprofit sector's role in society and with the skills necessary for effective leadership and management of these organizations. The objective of this program is to provide students with professional skills needed by leaders in the nonprofit sector, including the understanding of the historical and philosophical context for nonprofit organizations in society, the management of human resources (paid and volunteer), the theory and practice of philanthropy, financial management practices and other topical content areas.

  • Nonprofit Leadership and Management: American Humanics, Certificate

    The certificate program in nonprofit leadership and management American humanics provides education and preparation for leadership and management positions in professional affiliation and certification as a certified nonprofit professional by American Humanics, Inc. The program features professional affiliation with and certification by American Humanics, Inc., the nation's leader in education for nonprofit careers. American Humanics collaborates with a number of nonprofit organizations, including: American Red Cross. America's Second Harvest. AmeriCorps. Big Brothers Big Sisters. Boys and Girls Clubs. Boy Scouts of America. Camp Adventure. Camp Fire U.S.A. Corporation for National and Community Service. Girls Inc. Girl Scouts of the U.S.A. GuideStar. Junior Achievement. March of Dimes. National 4-H Council. National Urban League. Opportunity Knocks.org. Points of Light Foundation. The ARC. The Humane Society of the United States. United Way of America. Volunteers of America. YMCA of the USA. Program Requirements The program includes active participation by nonprofit professionals who offer workshops, seminars, mentoring and field trips. American Humanics national certification can be earned in conjunction with any bachelor's. Required courses (30) NLM 220 Introduction to Nonprofit Organizations (3) NLM 300 Fund Raising and Resource Development (3) NLM 310 Volunteer Management (3) NLM 320 Professional Development Seminar (4) (one credit each, over four semesters) NLM 420 American Humanics Institute (2) NLM 430 Managing Nonprofit Organizations (3) NLM 463 Senior internship (12)

  • Social Entrepreneurship & Community Development (Grad Cert)

    Degree Awarded: CERT Social Entrepreneurship and Community Development (certificate) The social entrepreneurship and community development graduate certificate provides a framework for harnessing social entrepreneurial and enterprise opportunities, creating transformative responses to challenges prevalent in societies and communities. With grounding in nonprofit and social sectors, this transdisciplinary program combines social entrepreneurship with innovative community development, providing a basis for exploring capacity-building, and fostering positive change for organizations, corporations, societies and economies. Consisting of 15 credit hours of graduate credit coursework, the certificate is designed for both policy- and entrepreneurship-oriented students across disciplines and includes a hands-on portfolio component.

  • Special Events Management, Certificate

    The special events management certificate is a career enhancement program offered to nondegree-seeking students or those who already have a degree from an accredited university in any major, or students currently pursuing a bachelor's in any major.

  • Sustainable Tourism (Cert)

    Degree Awarded: CERT Sustainable Tourism (certificate) The online graduate certificate in sustainable tourism is intended for professionals who work in or desire to work in the tourism industry. The program addresses the unique character of sustainability and sustainable practices in tourism development and management. Students interested in sustainable tourism management explore the practice of management and development of sustainable tourism businesses and destinations. Students who complete the 18 credit certificate will have knowledge in topics such as the integration of economic, social and environmental aspects of sustainability as it relates to tourism; conducting sustainability audits for destinations and businesses; community impacts of tourism; and sustainable destination and business planning and management. The program allows graduates enhanced recognition and credentials in an area experiencing a great deal of interest and growth. Students in the program will be able to further their careers by obtaining advanced education specific to sustainability practices in tourism.

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School of Criminology and Criminal Justice [+]
Undergraduate Programs
Criminal Justice & Criminology, BS

The study of criminal justice and criminology involves analysis of the theories, laws, policies and practices associated with understanding criminal and delinquent behavior, the law and the response to violations of law. The program provides an interdisciplinary social science perspective to the study of crime and criminal justice. The focus is on: Criminal Justice policies and practices. The nature of crime and criminological theory. Various components of the criminal justice system, including law enforcement, corrections and the courts. Students receive a solid foundation of course work that provides the content and analytical and communication skills required for working in complex criminal justice occupations. The program is offered from the Downtown Phoenix campus, and while most criminal justice and criminology courses are offered on that campus, students may also take criminal justice and criminology courses at the Tempe campus and online. Additional Program Fee: No Second Language Requirement: No First Required Math Course: MAT 142 - College Mathematics.

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Graduate Programs
Criminal Justice (MA)- online

Degree Awarded: MA Criminal Justice The M.A. in criminology and criminal justice is designed to provide criminal justice agency professionals with course work in criminology and the operation of the criminal justice system, and training in research methods and statistics. The degree program also provides students with advanced training in program planning and management, policy analysis and program evaluation.

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Criminology and Criminal Justice (MS)

Degree Awarded: MS Criminology and Criminal Justice The M.S. in criminology and criminal justice is a research degree designed to provide students with a high level of theoretical and empirical knowledge about crime and criminal justice. The program also is designed to provide students with the advanced research skills needed for careers as criminal justice researchers and continued study in doctoral programs in criminology or criminal justice. The degree consists of 24 credit hours of course work and a six-hour thesis.

There is also a Masters of Arts that is offered as an online option.

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Doctoral Programs
Criminology and Criminal Justice (PhD)

The School of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Arizona State University offers a program of course work and research leading to the Ph.D. in criminology and criminal justice. This program emphasizes criminal justice theory, research and policy. The program is designed to produce highly skilled criminology and criminal justice faculty and agency researchers and administrators. The doctoral program is organized around five components: A comprehensive examination. A core of required courses in theory and research on crime and the criminal justice system. A core of required courses on research methods and analytical techniques. A dissertation. Elective courses in criminology, criminal justice and related fields.

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Minors
  • Criminology and Criminal Justice, Minor

    The minor in criminology and criminal justice allows students in other undergraduate programs at ASU to explore issues of crime, law and the criminal justice system. The minor provides students with the tools to analyze complex issues and policies within the criminal justice system, enhancing students' ability to understand the nature of crime and the system response to law breaking. In addition to the three required courses, which provide a solid understanding of the field, each student will be able to select electives to meet his or her specific interests. Criminal justice majors cannot earn a minor in criminal justice.

Certificates
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    School of Public Affairs [+]
    Undergraduate Programs
    Public Service & Public Policy, BS

    The B.S. in public service and public policy prepares students for work in government at all levels and nonprofit organizations, through comprehensive coverage of topics in public policy, public leadership and management, and urban studies. Students discover the challenges of management and learn how to lead a public organization and understand the process of policy development. This program examines the public sector and addresses, in a practical way, the challenges facing the public. The program is unique, because it enables students to study public service, policy and administration with a professional focus. Students select one of the following concentration areas to supplement their core courses. Public Policy Urban Studies Public Leadership and Management Sustainability Criminology Nonprofit Leadership and Management Parks and Recreation Management This major is eligible for the Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) program at the following location: Downtown Phoenix campus. Students from Western states, who select this major and campus, may be eligible for reduced nonresident tuition at a rate of 150 percent of Arizona resident tuition plus all applicable fees. See more information and eligibility requirements on the Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) program. Additional Program Fee: No Second Language Requirement: No First Required Math Course: MAT 142 - College Mathematics.

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    Public Service & Public Policy (Sustainability), BS

    The B.S. in public service and public policy prepares students for work in government at all levels and nonprofit organizations through comprehensive coverage of topics in public policy, public leadership and management, and urban studies. Sustainability continues to be a highly sought after area and it presents broad policy implications. Through this concentration, students who have an interest in public policy can explore the policy implications of sustainability and broaden their educational experience while concentrating in an area that is in high demand. Additional Program Fee: No Second Language Requirement: No First Required Math Course: MAT 142 - College Mathematics.

    Public Service and Public Policy (Criminology), BS

    The School of Public Affairs (SPA) offers a concentration in criminology as part of their B.S. in public service and public policy. Criminology continues to be a highly sought after area and it presents broad policy implications. Through this concentration, students who have an interest in public policy can explore the policy implications of criminology and broaden their educational experience while concentrating in an area that is in high demand. This major is eligible for the Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) program at the following location: Downtown Phoenix campus. Students from Western states, who select this major and campus, may be eligible for reduced nonresident tuition at a rate of 150 percent of Arizona resident tuition plus all applicable fees. See more information and eligibility requirements on the Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) program. Additional Program Fee: No Second Language Requirement: No First Required Math Course: MAT 142 - College Mathematics.

    Public Service and Public Policy (Nonprofit Leadership and Management), BS

    The School of Public Affairs (SPA) offers a B.S. in public service and public policy with a concentration in nonprofit leadership and management. The role of nonprofit organizations continues to grow and they present broad policy implications. Through this concentration, students who have an interest in public policy can explore the policy implications of nonprofits and broaden their educational experience while concentrating in an area that is in high demand. This major is eligible for the Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) program at the following location: Downtown Phoenix campus. Students from Western states, who select this major and campus, may be eligible for reduced nonresident tuition at a rate of 150 percent of Arizona resident tuition plus all applicable fees. See more information and eligibility requirements on the Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) program. Additional Program Fee: No Second Language Requirement: No First Required Math Course: MAT 142 - College Mathematics.

    Public Service and Public Policy (Parks and Recreation Management), BS

    The School of Public Affairs (SPA) offers a B.S. in public service and public policy with a concentration in parks and recreation management. Leisure and quality of life are an essential part of our society. Through this concentration, students who have an interest in public policy can explore the policy implications of parks and recreation and broaden their educational experience while concentrating in an area that is of high importance. This major is eligible for the Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) program at the following location: Downtown Phoenix campus. Students from Western states, who select this major and campus, may be eligible for reduced nonresident tuition at a rate of 150 percent of Arizona resident tuition plus all applicable fees. See more information and eligibility requirements on the Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) program. Additional Program Fee: No Second Language Requirement: No First Required Math Course: MAT 142 - College Mathematics.

    Urban & Metropolitan Studies, BA

    Located in the heart of downtown Phoenix, the urban and metropolitan studies program is for students who have a yearning to study and understand urban theory, in order to effectively address the challenges of rapid growth, along with other contemporary urban issues. Students discover what makes the city tick — and the city is their classroom. They examine challenges and solutions by researching history, society, culture, economy and politics in order to understand urban theory. They use that knowledge to get involved in their communities; giving them an outlet through which they can experience practical ways of solving complex problems faced by metropolitan regions. Our students are invested in their neighborhoods. Many of them live and work downtown. In the urban and metropolitan studies program, they learn how to improve urban health and well-being, often training themselves to be the future leaders of our urban environments. Our students don't stop there; others focus on making a wide variety of other contributions to society, studying the role of arts and culture, business and property development, revitalization and community-building in the life of the region. This major is eligible for the Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) program at the following location: Downtown Phoenix campus. Students from Western states, who select this major and campus, may be eligible for reduced nonresident tuition at a rate of 150 percent of Arizona resident tuition plus all applicable fees. See more information and eligibility requirements on the Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) program. Additional Program Fee: No Second Language Requirement: Yes First Required Math Course: MAT 142 - College Mathematics.

    Urban & Metropolitan Studies, BS

    Located in the heart of downtown Phoenix, the urban and metropolitan studies program is for students who have a yearning to study and understand urban theory in order to effectively address the challenges of rapid growth, along with other contemporary urban issues. Our students discover what makes the city tick — and the city is their classroom. They examine challenges and solutions by researching history, society, culture, economy and politics in order to understand urban theory. They use that knowledge to get involved in their communities; giving them an outlet through which they can experience practical ways of solving complex problems faced by metropolitan regions. Our students are invested in their neighborhoods. Many of them live and work downtown. In the urban and metropolitan studies program, they learn how to improve urban health and well-being, often training themselves to be the future leaders of our urban environments. Our students don't stop there; others focus on making a wide variety of other contributions to society, studying the role of arts and culture, business and property development, revitalization and community-building in the life of the region. This major is eligible for the Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) program at the following location: Downtown Phoenix campus. Students from Western states, who select this major and campus, may be eligible for reduced nonresident tuition at a rate of 150 percent of Arizona resident tuition plus all applicable fees. See more information and eligibility requirements on the Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) program. Additional Program Fee: No Second Language Requirement: No First Required Math Course: MAT 142 - College Mathematics.

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    Graduate Programs
    Applied Ethics (Ldrshp, Mgmt, and Ethics) MA

    Degree Awarded: MA Applied Ethics and the Professions (Leadership, Management, and Ethics) Students pursuing the M.A. in applied ethics and the professions concentration (leadership, management and ethics) examine a variety of considerations facing managers and leaders in public, private and nonprofit organizations and consider the question of how ethical judgments might be made in these settings. Topics covered include, but are not limited to, the following issues: How does management or leadership contribute to the organization's overall sense of social responsibility? Is the manager or leader seeking moral objectives or moral ends, the right policies or outcomes? Is the manager or leader doing the right things for the right reasons and with the proper attention to matters of character and integrity? What is the relationship between managers or leaders and followers, and how, if at all, does the act of leadership itself appreciably alter the values of the group in a positive way? Completion of this degree concentration prepares the student to act more ethically and responsibly as an individual in their organization and in society, as well as to help those groups develop more ethical cultures.

    Public Administration (MPA)

    Degree Awarded: MPA Public Administration The M.P.A. is an interdisciplinary, professional degree program designed to prepare students for public service, public management and policy analysis at the local, state and national levels of government. The M.P.A. program is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration. Students may also elect to specialize in one of two of the approved M.P.A. concentrations, 1) urban management: https://spa.asu.edu/programs/masters/urban_management, or 2) nonprofit administration: https://spa.asu.edu/programs/masters/nonprofit. The urban management concentration provides knowledge and skills for students seeking careers in local urban government management and enables students to develop the skills and techniques used by city and urban leaders and managers. The concentration in nonprofit administration is intended for professionals who work in or desire to work in the nonprofit sector and who wish to explore research, theory and the practice of management and leadership in the nonprofit sector. In addition, the school offers a concurrent M.P.A./M.S.W. program (https://spa.asu.edu/programs/masters/mpa_msw) with the School of Social Work.

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    Public Administration (NonProfit Administration) (MPA)

    Degree Awarded: MPA Public Administration (Nonprofit Administration) The M.P.A. is an interdisciplinary, professional degree program designed to prepare students for public service, public management, and policy analysis at the local, state and national levels of government. The M.P.A. program is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration. The concentration in nonprofit administration is intended for professionals who work in or desire to work in the nonprofit sector and who wish to explore research, theory, and the practice of management and leadership in the nonprofit sector.

    Public Administration (Urban Management) (MPA)

    Degree Awarded: MPA Public Administration (Urban Management) The M.P.A. is an interdisciplinary, professional degree program designed to prepare students for public service, public management and policy analysis at the local, state and national levels of government. The M.P.A. program is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration. The urban management concentration provides knowledge and skills for students seeking careers in local urban government management and enables students to develop the skills and techniques used by city and urban leaders and managers.

    Public Policy (MPP)

    Degree Awarded: MPP Public Policy The M.P.P. program allows students to approach the study of public policy with a focus on public policy in the urban setting. The M.P.P. program prepares students for professional careers as policy analysts and leaders in public service involved in the formulation, approval, implementation and evaluation of public policy at all levels of government and in the private and nonprofit sectors. It can also serve as a platform for preparation for doctoral studies in public policy, pubic administration, urban studies or other related programs. Students learn analytical techniques and conceptual frameworks for understanding policy issues and identifying potential solutions and applying these skills to real-world issues (especially relating to the needs of cities in the region). Students also gain an understanding of policies addressing issues such as poverty, education, the environment and public safety.

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    Doctoral Programs
    Public Administration (Urbanism) PhD

    The School of Public Affairs offers a graduate program leading to the Ph.D. in public administration. The Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in public administration is a theoretically grounded research degree designed to prepare students for an academic career. The degree is also appropriate for practitioners who want to conduct high level research and policy development in public and nonprofit agencies, foundations, and research institutes. Our goal is to develop well-rounded, independent scholars who are grounded in the classic and current literatures of public administration and public policy, skilled in research methods, and ready to make a positive and important contribution to the field through teaching and research. We provide a balanced curriculum to ensure mastery of core ideas and materials, as well as the opportunity to develop specialized expertise in two specific subfields as determined by the student and his or her committee. These subfields can focus on any area related to public administration and public policy and can draw on faculty expertise from across the ASU campus. The Ph.D. in public administration with an urbanism concentration permits students to draw upon the extensive resources in urban affairs at ASU. As a result, upon graduation, our doctoral students are poised for success as productive and active scholars, researchers and teachers. The concentration in urbanism is a mechanism for organizing varied perspectives on urbanism into a collective body of scholarship. The study of public administration is enriched by grounding it in a comprehensive understanding of the characteristics of urban context and the dynamic forces that shape them. The concentration in urbanism leverages the varied interests in urbanism and help emerging scholars as they attempt to compare, contrast and take stock of urbanism. Working with faculty from across a range of departments and programs at ASU, doctoral students will be able to capture the creative tensions that scholarship on urbanism has inspired in order to stimulate a provocative, constructive kind of inquiry.

    Public Administration (PhD)

    The School of Public Affairs offers a graduate program leading to the Ph.D. in public administration. The Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in public administration is a theoretically grounded research degree designed to prepare students for an academic career. The degree is also appropriate for practitioners who want to conduct high level research and policy development in public and nonprofit agencies, foundations, and research institutes. Our goal is to develop well-rounded, independent scholars who are grounded in the classic and current literatures of public administration and public policy, skilled in research methods, and ready to make a positive and important contribution to the field through teaching and research. We provide a balanced curriculum to ensure mastery of core ideas and materials, as well as the opportunity to develop specialized expertise in two specific subfields as determined by the student and his or her committee. These subfields can focus on any area related to public administration and public policy and can draw on faculty expertise from across the ASU campus. The Ph.D. in public administration with an urbanism concentration permits students to draw upon the extensive resources in urban affairs at ASU. As a result, upon graduation, our doctoral students are poised for success as productive and active scholars, researchers and teachers.

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    Minors
    • Public Service and Public Policy, Minor

      The minor in public service and public policy is designed for students from across the university who have an interest in public service and public policy issues, students such as those studying journalism, sociology, criminology, the arts, engineering, the sciences and business. Course work provides basic knowledge of the field and enriches the major with an applied policy focus. The minor has a strong professional and applied focus, intended to enhance students' education and ability to seek jobs in the public sector. The public service sector offers sustainable, exciting and fulfilling career options. With a minor in public service and public policy, students use their knowledge of the public sector as a catalyst to change the world. By understanding the challenges that government faces and being well-versed in the development of multiple, useful and realistic solutions, they can contribute to the development of local, national and global communities.

    • Urban and Metropolitan Studies, Minor

      The minor in urban and metropolitan studies offers students interested in the urban environment the opportunity to explore the wide variety of issues that influence the quality of life in urban communities. Students are encouraged to learn about cities as historical, social, cultural, economic and political phenomena in order to gain a strong understanding of the complex relationships that contribute to the problems and opportunities of urban living. As the population in the state's urban areas continues to grow, so will the demand for leaders who are skilled in new and innovative ways with which to address the challenges such growth generates. The program allows students enrolled in other undergraduate programs at ASU to broaden their educational experiences. Students from such various disciplines as planning, business, political science, nonprofit management and leadership, communication, social work, geography and many others might find this program a beneficial supplement to their existing program.

    Certificates
    • Creative City, Certificate

      The creative city certificate prepares students to engage effectively in revitalizing cities and communities by tapping their inherent potential for cultural innovation, place-making and social/economic entrepreneurship. Exploring best practices globally, students develop asset-based proposals for specific locales including implementation plans. The creative city certificate adds value to other majors as well as work/life experience for students aspiring to assume leadership roles in improving quality of life, specifically by enhancing quality of place. Cities are centers of human creativity and cultural innovation. They both attract and breed these. Such creativity and innovation are apparent in the vitality of the arts, as well as that of businesses (large and small), research (basic and applied) and the everyday life unique to any given locale. These are the ingredients that make our places sustainable, economically, socially and environmentally, by endowing a "sense of place" along with a "sense of community." This certificate also serves professionals in the community working in the areas of: Community development. Land-use law. Parks and recreation. Philanthropy. Planning. Public art. Urban governance and others. Flexible class times and locations make the certificate a viable option for those unable to attend classes during the day.

    • Leadership and Ethics, Certificate

      The certificate in leadership and ethics is designed for undergraduate students who are interested in developing leadership skills or wish to enhance their degree in an existing major at ASU, working adults who may wish to further their education yet may not be looking for a degree program, or B.I.S. students who seek to combine certificates with their degree. The certificate program provides a catalyst for students to become ethical leaders of organizational and community change. This certificate is designed to: Explore the relationship between leadership and the capacity for individuals to assume responsibility for their actions and to act with a sense of ethics and integrity. Focus on understanding the broad interdisciplinary field of leadership and its application to various elements of society and community. Prepare individuals for positions of leadership and responsibility in the university, student organizations, in their communities and throughout their careers in business, government and society.

    • Public Administration and Public Management, Certificate

      The certificate in public administration and public management prepares students for citizenship, leadership and careers in governmental and nonprofit agencies. Students will learn the context and principles of public administration and how to apply these in a practitioner setting; the role of the public administrator in the design, implementation and evaluation of public policy; and how to lead change and address ethical issues in public service. It is designed for undergraduate students who are interested in developing leadership skills or wish to enhance their degree in an existing major at ASU, working adults who may wish to further their education yet may not be looking for a degree program, or B.I.S. students who seek to combine certificates with their degree. The program is designed for students interested in public service who want to learn skills to: Analyze critical issues. Build and bridge communities. Deliver and manage public programs. Improve the quality of life. Lead change in public policy. Provide public safety. Preserve natural resources. Reform welfare. Strengthen democratic governance. Program Requirements The certificate in public administration and public management consists of 15 credit hours of course work. Students take 12 hours of core classes and three hours of elective courses. The three hours of elective course work may be selected from an approved list of elective classes, taken upon the recommendation of the department. Core Courses PAF 300 Public Management and Public Administration PAF 340 Public Management and Policy PAF 420 Public Leadership PAF 460 Public Service Ethics

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    Undergraduate Programs
    Social Work, BSW

    Social work practitioners are committed to the enhancement of individual, family and group problem-solving capacities and the creation of a more nurturing, just and humane social environment. The undergraduate curriculum leads to a B.S.W. Juniors and seniors majoring in social work focus on social work courses in social policy and services, human behavior in the social environment, social work practice, research and field instruction in community agencies. In addition, majors take elective courses in related areas. This major is eligible for the Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) program at the following location: Downtown Phoenix campus. Students from Western states, who select this major and campus, may be eligible for reduced nonresident tuition at a rate of 150 percent of Arizona resident tuition plus all applicable fees. See more information and eligibility requirements on the Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) program. Additional Program Fee: Yes Second Language Requirement: No First Required Math Course: MAT 142 - College Mathematics.

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    Graduate Programs
    DPC SW - Advanced Direct Practice (MSW)

    Degree Awarded: MSW Social Work (Advanced Direct Practice) The professional program leading to the M.S.W. program prepares social workers for advanced direct practice. The program is designed to prepare social workers who are capable of responding effectively to the needs of special populations in the Southwest. This program is located at the Downtown Phoenix campus and in Tucson. It is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education.

    DPC SW - Advanced Generalist (MSW)

    Degree Awarded: MSW Social Work - Downtown Phoenix - Social Work - Advanced Generalist (MSW) Advanced Standing The professional program leading to the M.S.W. prepares social workers with the knowledge, skills and values to practice as advanced generalists. The program is designed to prepare social workers to be capable of responding effectively to the needs of special populations in the Southwest. The program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education and is located at the Downtown Phoenix campus.

    DPC SW Adv Standing-Plan, Admin & Comm Practice (MSW)

    Degree Awarded: MSW Social Work (Planning, Administration and Community Practice) The professional program leading to the M.S.W. prepares social workers for planning, administration and community practice. The program is designed to prepare social workers to be capable of responding effectively to the needs of special populations in the Southwest. The master's program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education, and is located at the Downtown Phoenix campus and in Tucson. Some of the required courses are only available at the Downtown Phoenix campus.

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    Tucson / DPC - Social Work - Standard Program (MSW)

    Degree Awarded: MSW Social Work | Tucson / Downtown Phoenix - Social Work - Standard Program (MSW)| The professional program leading to the M.S.W. prepares social workers for advanced direct practice or planning, administration and community practice. The program is designed to prepare social workers to be capable of responding effectively to the needs of special populations in the Southwest. The M.S.W. program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education.

    Doctoral Programs
    Downtown Phoenix - Social Work (PhD)

    The purpose of the doctoral program is to prepare future social work scholars. While there are many possible definitions of scholarship, the Arizona State University School of Social Work adheres to a broad definition. A scholar in social work engages in research, teaching and service. The program introduces students to the complex range of roles and responsibilities of faculty and other social work roles of leadership. Critical thinking and creativity in research, teaching and service are at the core of our program. Given the cultural and economic diversity of the Southwest, the program also strives to elaborate the human potential embedded in our region's distinct experiences and perspectives. The university offers opportunities for scholarship integrating diverse cultural experiences such as those offered through specialized programs, including American Indian studies and Chicana and Chicano studies, African and African American studies and Asian Pacific American studies. We hope our graduates will play key roles in integrating diversity in their social welfare activities with local, state and regional groups. The program emphasizes enhancement of scholarship through: Applied social work research in diverse community settings and populations of the Southwest. Participation in collegial decision making. Participation in field education and community services. Teaching, from syllabus development to classroom teaching across the professional continuum. Students are expected to participate fully in research teaching and field liaison activities during their course of studies.

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    Minors
    • Social Welfare, Minor
      The social welfare minor prepares students for work in human service settings where a fundamental knowledge of human relations is required. It complements careers in journalism, communications, public administration, nursing and related fields and provides a foundation for students who seek to pursue an M.S.W. The minor enhances and broadens the ability of students to analyze complex family, individual and societal problems in the context of societal values, cultural diversity and other social and economic variables. The minor also contributes to students' understanding of society and social behavior, encourages critical thinking and helps develop communication skills.
    Certificates
    • Assessment of Integrative Health Modalities (Grad Cert)

      Degree Awarded: CERT Assessment of Integrative Health Modalities (certificate) The School of Social Work graduate certificate in assessment of integrative health modalities will focus on integrative health, the current term used by practitioners in the field who feel strongly that treating the "whole person — body, mind and spirit" is the route to the highest quality of health. The purpose of the certificate is to enhance students' knowledge of integrative health practices. It will provide students with extensive knowledge of integrative health practices through directed readings in evidence-based journal articles, expert lectures from community health professionals and ASU faculty drawn from across disciplines, field observation, an individual research paper and a mindfulness in-class practice and class interaction that can enhance the quality and effectiveness of treating clients holistically.

    • Latino Cultural Competency in Social Work (Grad Cert)

      Degree Awarded: CERT Latino Cultural Competency in Social Work (certificate) In response to the need, ASU through the College of Public Programs, School of Social Work, offers a graduate certificate in Latino cultural competency. The School of Social Work offers Latino-oriented courses with an emphasis on Spanish language development for professional social workers. The goal of the program is to enhance a social worker professional's capacity for engaging in culturally grounded practice with Latino clients and their families. The program is intended for the professional who wants to: Expand their employment potential by adding an expertise in professional services with Latinos. Learn the critical cross-cultural factors that influence a worker's competency in forming professional helping relationships with Latinos. Learn the social/cultural context and theoretical principles of social work practice with Latinos. Learn the social service delivery issues involved in providing services for bilingual and limited- or non-English-speaking Latino populations.

    • Trauma and Bereavement (Grad Cert)

      Program Description Degree Awarded: CERT Trauma and Bereavement (certificate) There is a growing need in society for health care workers and clinicians to be better prepared to help clients and patients experiencing trauma. The School of Social Work graduate certificate in trauma and bereavement will better prepare individuals to work in the field of death and dying, trauma and bereavement in clinical, organizational and administrative settings, enhancing knowledge about grief responses and the effects of trauma, providing opportunities for students to research an often under-explored topic, and helping transform the sociopolitical management of grief, traumatic losses and end-of-life issues in contemporary society. In addition to tuition and class fees, there is a $500 one-time program fee.

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