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Public Administration, BS

A Bachelor’s Degree in Public Administration prepares students to work in a variety of operational roles in the public and non-profit sector. Students will learn the fundamentals of federal, state, and local government administration.  Furthermore, a Bachelor’s in Public Administration provides students with an excellent foundation for graduate work in Public Administration or Public Policy.

Program Learning Outcomes

A degree in Public Administration is a versatile degree for students drawn to the public sector, including work at a non-profit, or work at the local, state, or federal government level. The degree prepares students to transition directly into the labor market or pursue graduate work in Public Administration or Policy.

A Public Administration degree will expose you to government, public policy, public budgeting and financial management, intergovernmental relations, environmental policy, public health, sociology and more.

Careers

Fundraising Managers, Budget Analyst, Political Scientist

Requirements for BS, in Public Administration

PAM I – Introduction to Public Administration

PAM II – State & Local Government Administration

PAM III – Public Budgeting and Finance

PAM IV – Public Administration Capstone

Course Descriptions

PAM I – Introduction to Public Administration

This course is intended to introduce students to the field of public administration. It will provide an overview of the theories and practices of governmental administration, discuss both traditional and emerging public sector management issues, and explore the role of administrators in the development and implementation of public policy.

PAM II – State & Local Government Administration

This course provides students with an understanding of the structure and function of state and local governments in the United States. Students will explore local and state-level policy issues and administrative processes. They will also explore urban issues in the U.S. and discuss solutions to all of these challenges.

PAM III – Public Budgeting and Finance

This course covers fiscal and budgetary policies and practices in public sector and governmental organizations. Students will improve their understanding of revenue, expenditure, deficit spending, and debt, specifically as they relate to government. They will also examine the functions of accounting in the public sector and learn to create financial reports.

PAM IV – Public Administration Capstone

This capstone is the culmination for Public Administration majors and should be taken as the final course in a student’s studies for the major. It is intended to synthesize all of a student’s learnings in the field into one public-sector focused project. Students will work in groups with a public sector organization, such as a non-profit, or their local government.

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