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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.
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.
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The Columbia College Catalog outlines the courses you will need to take to complete your degree program. This includes required courses in your major and general education requirements, as well as elective classes you will select.
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