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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.


History, Philosophy and Political Science Department

Degree requirements

General Education Requirements 38-41 sem. hrs

  • Ethics Course Requirement 3 hrs
  • PHIL 330 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 293 Macroeconomics* 3 hrs
  • ECON 294 Microeconomics 3 hrs
  • HUMS 345 Working with Communities & Organizations or 3 hrs
  • PSYC 336 Industrial/Organizational Psychology or
  • SOCI 312 Organizations and Institutions (course not offered online, HUMS 345 or PYSC 336 available alternatives offered online)
  • HUMS 365 (SOCI 365) American Social Policy or 3 hrs
  • PADM 399 Public Administration Internship (course not offered online, HUMS 365 or POSC 360 available alternatives offered online) (strongly recommended) or
  • POSC 312 (ENVS 312) Environmental Politics (course not offered online, HUMS 365 or POSC 360 available alternatives offered online) or
  • POSC 360 U.S. Foreign Policy
  • MGMT 330 Principles of Management 3 hrs
  • MGMT 360 Organizational Theory or 3 hrs
  • MGMT 362 Organizational Behavior
  • PADM 311 (MGMT/POSC 311) Public Administration & Policy 3 hrs
  • PADM 315 (POSC 315) American Public Policy 3 hrs
  • PADM 320 Non-Profit Organization and Management 3 hrs
  • PADM 325 Public Financial Resources Management 3 hrs
  • PADM 330 Public Human Resources Administration 3 hrs
  • PADM 335 Methods of Public Decision Making 3 hrs
  • PADM 340 Values and Ethics in Public Administration 3 hrs
  • PADM 395 (POSC 395) Political Science and Public Administration Research Methods 3 hrs
  • PADM 495 (POSC 495) Independent Study in Political Science & Public Administration 3 hrs
  • POSC 111 American National Government 3 hrs
  • POSC 215 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.


The Bachelor of Arts in Public Administration degree is available online and is approved at the following locations. Some locations may require a combination of in-seat and online coursework. Select one to view the tuition rate.


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