Public Administration Degree Options

Public Administration Major

(All colleges) — 36 credits

  1. Core Courses (18 credits): POL 211, 312, 450 (six credits), 494; ECO 120 or 110
  2. Managerial and Organizational Skills Group (three credits from): POL 311, 316, 416, MGT 303, 308, 385, PSY 376, ECO 310, 402
  3. Policy Analysis Group (three credits from): POL 300, 313, 314
  4. Research Tool Group (three credits): POL 361
  5. Areas of Specialization Group (nine credits, three courses**): Students may specialize in one area or take upper division courses in two or three different areas. The following specialization courses are in addition to courses taken in sections A, B, C, or D above:
    1. Financial Administration: FIN 355, ACC 435, ECO 310, 402, 447
    2. Urban Management/Planning: POL 300, 314, 315, 410, GEO 307, 309, PSY 341, SOC 311
    3. Health Administration: POL 317, 420, ECO 471, FIN 465, CHE 340, 453, 460, HED 486, SOC 325, 420
    4. Personnel: POL 311, MGT 303, 385, 386, 486, PSY 341, 343, 376
    5. American Policy/Implementation/Evaluation: POL 301, 302, 303, 313, 316, 318, 342, 376, 400, 410, 416, 495*, 499*
    6. Highly recommended General Education and elective courses: ACC 221 or 235, CS 101, MTH 145, ENG 303, 307, CST 210, 260, 360, ECO 110, 120, PSY 100, SOC 110, IS 220

Note: Students must possess a cumulative grade point average of 2.50 or above to declare and remain a PA major, and to graduate. Public administration majors in CLS and SAH will be able to complete at most 30 credit hours in the College of Business Administration (accounting, information systems, management, marketing and finance courses). Prerequisite for College of Business Administration upper division courses is junior standing. However, students are strongly encouraged to take either ECO 110 or 120 prior to enrolling in those upper division courses. Some of the above courses require prerequisites not included as part of the major. A course can only be used in one category.

*POL 495 and 499 must be PA courses consistent with the category it is used in. Permission is required to take POL 495/499 in PA major.

**CLS college option of not having a minor allows you to take a variety of electives in addition to the three required courses. See faculty adviser to plan your specialization.

Public Administration Minor

(All colleges) — 21 credits – POL 102, 211 and 450 (six credits); nine credits from ECO 402, POL 300 or 314, 311, 312, 313, 315, 316, 317, 318, 376, 416. POL 101 is a prerequisite to the minor. POL 300, 311, 312, 313, 314, 316, 317, 318, 376, 416 and six credits of 450 may not be counted toward a major in political science if they are included as electives for this minor.