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Bachelor of Arts in Public Administration

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

A. General Education Requirements 38-41 sem. hrs
3 hrs
PHIL 330View Syllabus Ethics
B. Foreign Language Requirement 6 sem. hrs
C. Multicultural Requirement 3 sem. hrs
D. Public Administration Core 51 sem. hrs
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 395 View 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
E. Minor (Optional) 18 sem. hrs
F. Electives (with minor included) 1-4 sem. hrs
G. PADM/POSC 495 is the culminating experience course for all students receiving the Bachelor of Arts in Public Administration.


The Bachelor of Arts in Public Administration degree is available at the following locations:

Main Campus, Day Program
Main Campus, Evening Program
Online Campus


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