BUCKHANNON, West Virginia – West Virginia Wesleyan College is announcing a new interdisciplinary major of Public Service to prepare students for leadership careers in government, non-governmental organizations, nonprofits, education, public policy and social advocacy.

Students majoring in Public Service must choose a concentration in either public administration or community engagement. A minor in Public Service is also offered.

“Public Service is an interdisciplinary major that promotes civic engagement, public leadership and community empowerment with a focus on ethical decision-making,” Dr. Molly Clever, Chair of the Department of Social Science and Associate Professor of Sociology, said.  “Students learn critical thinking, empirical analysis and program implementation and evaluation skills to serve diverse communities at the local, national and global levels.”

The major, to begin with the 2023-2024 school year, will lead graduates to jobs or to a graduate education which will provide further opportunities. Career options in business, public sector and non-profits abound. Federal government occupations in these fields such as statistical analysis, management analysts, data scientists and operations research analysts are projected to grow in the next 10 years.

For more information, visit https://www.wvwc.edu/programs/socialsciences/

West Virginia Wesleyan College (WVWC) is a private, four-year residential liberal arts college in Buckhannon, West Virginia. A tradition of excellence for more than 130 years, West Virginia Wesleyan is home to 14 Fulbright Scholars. The Princeton Review ranked Wesleyan one of its 2023 Best Colleges in the Southeastern Region of the United States. U.S. News & World Report’s 2022-2023 Best College Rankings designated Wesleyan seventh in Best Value – Regional Universities (South). WVWC offers students more than 40 majors and 40 minors; graduate programs in athletic training, business administration, creative writing, and nursing; 22 NCAA Division II athletic programs; multiple performing arts groups; and more than 70 organizations. Founded in 1890, the College is closely affiliated with the United Methodist Church and abides by the Wesley doctrine that emphasizes service to others. For more information, visit wvwc.edu.