Hostos Community College offers an Associate in Applied Sciences (A.A.S.) in Public Policy & Administration. The program curriculum examines decision making, supervisory & leadership, and management in public agencies such as federal, state, county, municipal and non-profit organizations. It introduces students to the field of public administration, including its scope, content, literature and relationship to other disciplines. The objectives of this program are to educate individuals to become meaningfully employed in public, private, and community organizations, including civil service; to provide them with a practical understanding and background so that they can successfully, creatively, and effectively work in either the public or private sector; and to obtain promotions in these areas. Students completing the Public Administration sequence, including a language and science requirement, will also be prepared to transfer to a four-year college to pursue a bachelor's degree. Students successfully completing the requirements of this program shall be eligible to receive an Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree. Comprising 60 credits, this program requires students to complete a minimum of 27 credits in Public Administration and/or Criminal Justice; the balance to be distributed among liberal arts courses and electives. Upon graduation, the student will be qualified to seek employment in various civil service, corporate, bureaucratic, or public service organizations.