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    Public Administration Major - Bachelor of Arts (BA)

    (All colleges)

    36 credits

    Core courses
    POL 211Introduction to Public Administration3
    POL 312Public Budgeting and Finance3
    POL 450Internship in Government and Politics6
    POL 494Senior Capstone Seminar3
    ECO 120Global Macroeconomics3
    or ECO 110 Microeconomics and Public Policy
    Managerial and organizational skills group
    Select three credits of the following:3
    Public Personnel Administration
    Ethics Management in Government
    Nonprofit Organizations
    Principles of Labor-Management Relations
    Behavior and Theory in Organizations
    Human Resources: Employment
    Industrial/Organizational Psychology
    Managerial Economics
    Public Sector Economics
    Policy analysis group
    Select three credits of the following:3
    Urban Politics
    Public Policy
    Urban Administration and Politics
    Research tool group
    POL 361Research Methods in Politics and Government3
    Areas of specialization group
    Students may specialize in one area or take upper division courses in two or three different areas. See below. 29
    Total Credits36

    Areas of specialization group

    The following specialization courses are in addition to courses taken for core courses, managerial and organizational skills group, policy analysis group, and research tool group above:

    Financial administration
    FIN 355Principles of Financial Management3
    ACC 435Governmental and Institutional Accounting3
    ECO 310Managerial Economics3
    ECO 402Public Sector Economics3
    Urban management/planning
    POL 300Urban Politics3
    POL 314Urban Administration and Politics3
    POL 315Special Topics in Public Administration3
    POL 410Civic Engagement and the Wisconsin Idea3
    GEO 307Political Geography3
    GEO 309Urban Geography3
    SOC 311Rural and Urban Sociology3
    Health administration
    POL 317Health Policy3
    POL 420Health Administration3
    ECO 471Health Economics3
    FIN 465Health Care Financing3
    CHE 340Epidemiology and Community Health Problems3
    CHE 453Cultural Issues in Health Education: Ethnic, Racial, Religious and Familial Groups3
    CHE 460Medical Terminology for Health Education1
    HED 486Introduction to International Health1
    SOC 325Sociology of Mental Illness3
    SOC 420Health Care and Illness3
    POL 311Public Personnel Administration3
    MGT 303Principles of Labor-Management Relations3
    MGT 385Human Resources: Employment3
    MGT 386Compensation and Benefits Administration3
    MGT 486Human Resources: Current Issues and Policies3
    PSY 343Group Dynamics3
    PSY 376Industrial/Organizational Psychology3
    American policy/implementation/evaluation
    POL 301American Presidency3
    POL 302Legislative Process3
    POL 303Wisconsin Government and Politics3
    POL 313Public Policy3
    POL 316Ethics Management in Government3
    POL 318Environmental Politics and Policymaking3
    POL 342Identity Politics3
    POL 376Constitutional Law VII: Administrative Law3
    POL 400Political Forum2-3
    POL 410Civic Engagement and the Wisconsin Idea3
    POL 416Nonprofit Organizations3
    POL 495Seminar 11-3
    POL 499Readings and Research in Political Science 11-3
    Highly recommended general education and elective courses
    ACC 221Accounting Principles I3
    or ACC 235 Survey of Accounting
    CS 101Introduction to Computing4
    MTH 145Elementary Statistics4
    ENG 303Advanced Composition3
    ENG 307Writing for Management, Public Relations and the Professions3
    CST 210Presentational Speaking3
    CST 260Professional Communication3
    CST 360Public Relations3
    ECO 110Microeconomics and Public Policy3
    ECO 120Global Macroeconomics3
    PSY 100General Psychology3
    SOC 110The Social World3
    IS 220Information Systems for Business Management4

    POL 495 Seminar (1-3 cr.) and POL 499 Readings and Research in Political Science (1-3 cr.) must be PA courses consistent with the category it is used in. Permission is required to take POL 495/POL 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.

    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 Microeconomics and Public Policy (3 cr.) or ECO 120 Global Macroeconomics (3 cr.) 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.

    All students must complete the general education, college core, major/minor, and university degree requirements in order to qualify for a degree. The easiest way to track all of these requirements is to refer to the Advisement Report (AR) found in the Student Information System (WINGS) Student Center. All enrolled students have access to the AR. 

    CLS Bachelor of Arts core requirements

    The following conditions apply to one or both Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees:

    1. Students majoring in English or in a modern language must earn a Bachelor of Arts degree.
    2. Students majoring in other CLS programs may choose either a B.A. or a B.S. degree.
    3. Language courses (CHI, FRE, GER, RUS, SPA, MLG) used to fulfill general education requirement: "Mathematical/logical systems and modern languages" (GE 02, category 2) may also be used to meet the B.A. and B.S. language requirements.
    4. All other courses used to meet the requirements below must be in addition to the minimum 39 credits required in the General Education Program.
    5. At least one course in the B.A. or B.S. college degree program (core requirements) must be a CLS designated diversity course.
    6. Applicable courses may be found on the CLS B.A./B.S. Degree Option Course List or in the Advisement Report (AR) when the degree has been declared.

    Courses used to fulfill general education requirements will not apply to core requirements except for language courses (CHI, FRE, GER, RUS, SPA, MLG) that count in the general education requirement: "Mathematical/logical systems and modern languages" (GE 02, category 2).

    Declare ONE of the following tracks in the CLS Academic Services Office in 260 Morris Hall:

    A. Language track

    1. Native speakers of English complete:
      Select one of the following:
      Intermediate Chinese II
      Intermediate French II
      Intermediate German II
      Intermediate Russian II
      Intermediate Spanish II
      World Languages: Intermediate II
      Heritage Language: Intermediate
      Heritage Language: Advanced
      Non-native speakers of English: score at least 80 on the La Crosse Battery of exams for non-native speakers of English; or submit a TOEFL or IELTS score that meets the university's English language proficiency requirement for admission; or complete ESL 252 or ESL 253, and one additional course from ESL 250, ESL 251, ESL 252, ESL 253. (Contact the English as a Second Language Institute for eligibility and regulations); and
    2. Two additional courses outside of the student's major in two of the following: humanities, social sciences or fine arts.

    B. Humanities track

    1. One modern language course 102 or higher or an Office of International Education (OIE) approved semester long study abroad experience combined with the INS 250, INS 251, INS 252 sequence; and
    2. Two additional courses outside the department of the student's major from two different departments chosen from: history, English, philosophy; and
    3. One additional course in social sciences or fine arts.

    C. Fine arts track

    1. One modern language course 102 or higher or an Office of International Education (OIE) approved semester long study abroad experience combined with the INS 250, INS 251, INS 252 sequence; and
    2. Two additional courses outside the department of the student's major from two different departments chosen from: art, communication studies, music, theatre; and
    3. One additional course in social sciences or humanities.
    In addition to all other College of Liberal Studies core requirements, all students in CLS must complete a second major, minor, or program option by satisfying one of the following:
    1. Complete a minor (or second major) outside of the student's major program, consisting of at least 18 credits; or
    2. Complete an emphasis, program or concentration of at least 18 credits outside the student's major program. General education courses may apply provided they are not being used to fulfill minimum general education requirements; or
    3. Complete 18 credits in two or more departments or programs (at least 12 credits earned at the 300/400 level). These courses must be outside the student's major department and can be from any college. General education courses may apply provided they are not being used to fulfill minimum general education requirements.

    Baccalaureate degrees

    Candidates for the Bachelor of Arts or the Bachelor of Science degrees must accomplish the following:

    1. Fulfill the general education requirements.
    2. Complete at least one ethnic studies (diversity) course.
    3. Complete the courses prescribed by the Undergraduate Curriculum Committee for the degree desired in the respective school or college. (No substitutions for graduation may be made in course requirements for a major or minor after the fourth week of the last semester of the senior year.)
    4. Earn a minimum of 120 semester credits with at least a 2.00 cumulative GPA.1 At least 40 credits must be earned in 300/400 (senior college) level courses. Courses earned at the 100/200 level that transferred to UW-L as 300/400 level courses do not apply to this requirement nor do courses from two-year schools.
    5. Complete major and minor requirements with at least a 2.00 GPA1 in each major and minor (and concentration or emphasis, if selected).
    6. A minimum of 30 semester credits in residence at UW-L is required for graduation. (See undergraduate resident requirement.)
    7. File a completed "Apply for Graduation" form via the WINGS Student Center as soon as the student has registered for his or her final semester or summer term in residence. December and winter intersession graduates should file by May 1. May and summer graduates should file by December 1.

    Grade point average requirements for some programs will be considerably higher than 2.00. Re-entering students may be required to earn credits in excess of the 120 needed for graduation in any curriculum in order to replace credits earned in courses in which the content has changed substantially in recent years. Each case will be judged on its own merit.

    No degree will be awarded unless all requirements are fulfilled and recorded within 30 days after the official ending date of each term.

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