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Bachelor of Science in Public Administration

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 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 hrs
  • PHIL 330 Ethics

Foreign Language Requirement 6 sem. hrs

Multicultural Requirement

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

Public Administration Core 57 sem. hrs

  • ECON 293 Macroeconomics* 3 hrs
  • ECON 294 Microeconomics 3 hrs
  • HUMS 345 Working with Communities and Organizations or 3 hrs
  • PSYC 336 Industrial/Organizational Psychology or
  • SOCI 112 Organizations and Institutions
  • HUMS 365 (SOCI 365) American Social Policy or 3 hrs
  • PADM 399 Public Administration Internship (additional three hours strongly recommended) or
  • POSC 312 (ENVS 312) Environmental Politics or
  • POSC 360 U.S. Foreign Policy
  • MATH 250 Statistics I or 3 hrs
  • BIOL 324 (PSYC324/SOCI 324) Statistics for the Behavioral and Natural Sciences
  • MGMT 330 Principles of Management 3 hrs
  • MGMT 360 Organizational Theory or 3 hrs
  • MGMT 362 Organizational Behavior
  • PADM 311 MGMT 311/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 & Public Administration Research Methods 3 hrs
  • PADM 399 Public Administration Internship 3 hrs
  • PADM 495 (POSC 495) Independent Study in Political Science and 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 Science in Public Administration.


The Bachelor of Science in Public Administration degree is available 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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