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Bachelor of Arts in Public Administration

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Students are able to select available alternative options for courses that are not offered online. The following courses are not offered online: SOCI 312 Organizations and Institutions, PADM 399 Public Administration Internship, POSC 312/ENVS 312 Environmental Politics. However, students can work with their academic advisors to select the available alternative course options.

The Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees in public administration are interdisciplinary degrees, incorporating coursework in public administration, political science, management, psychology, and other academic fields. Available internships provide students a unique opportunity to explore possible career options and to attain 'hands on' experience to supplement their coursework. These degrees prepare students for positions in state and local or national government, health care administration, non-profit management and similar workplaces. Graduates may pursue careers in such areas as urban planning, city management, hospital and clinic administration, fundraising or other positions for non-profit organizations, or international relief agencies.

Degree Requirements


General Education Requirements

38-41 sem. hrs

  Ethics Course Requirement

3 hrs

  PHIL 330View Syllabus Ethics


Foreign Language Requirement

6 sem. hrs


Multicultural Requirement

3 sem. hrs

  Courses in the major that satisfy this requirement are noted with an asterisk.


Public Administration Core

51 sem. hrs

  (All courses must be completed with a grade of C or higher. Courses in the major cannot be taken as Pass/Fail.)
  ECON 293View Syllabus Macroeconomics* 3 hrs
  ECON 294View Syllabus Microeconomics 3 hrs
  HUMS 345View Syllabus Working with Communities & Organizations or 3 hrs
  PSYC 336View Syllabus Industrial/Organizational Psychology or
  SOCI 312Download PDF Organizations and Institutions (course not offered online, HUMS 345 or PYSC 336 available alternatives offered online)
  HUMS 365View Syllabus (SOCI 365) American Social Policy or 3 hrs
  PADM 399View Syllabus Public Administration Internship (course not offered online, HUMS 365 or POSC 360 available alternatives offered online) (strongly recommended) or
  POSC 312View Syllabus (ENVS 312) Environmental Politics (course not offered online, HUMS 365 or POSC 360 available alternatives offered online) or
  POSC 360View Syllabus U.S. Foreign Policy
  MGMT 330View Syllabus Principles of Management 3 hrs
  MGMT 360View Syllabus Organizational Theory or 3 hrs
  MGMT 362View Syllabus Organizational Behavior
  PADM 311View Syllabus (MGMT/POSC 311) Public Administration & Policy 3 hrs
  PADM 315View Syllabus (POSC 315) American Public Policy 3 hrs
  PADM 320View Syllabus Non-Profit Organization and Management 3 hrs
  PADM 325View Syllabus Public Financial Resources Management 3 hrs
  PADM 330View Syllabus Public Human Resources Administration 3 hrs
  PADM 335View Syllabus Methods of Public Decision Making 3 hrs
  PADM 340View Syllabus Values and Ethics in Public Administration 3 hrs
  PADM 395View Syllabus (POSC 395) Political Science and Public Administration Research Methods 3 hrs
  PADM 495View Syllabus (POSC 495) Independent Study in Political Science & Public Administration 3 hrs
  POSC 111View Syllabus American National Government 3 hrs
  POSC 215View Syllabus State and Local Government 3 hrs


Minor (Optional)

18 sem. hrs

  Students are encouraged to complete a minor in a related field. Suggested minors are Business, Criminal Justice Administration, Human Services, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology.


Electives (with minor included)

1-4 sem. hrs


PADM/POSC 495 is the culminating experience course for all students receiving the Bachelor of Arts in Public Administration.

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