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    Public Administration Major - Bachelor of Arts (BA)

    (All colleges, excluding teacher certification programs)

    36 credits

    Public administration core:
    ECO 110Microeconomics and Public Policy3
    POL 102State and Local Government3
    PUB 210Introduction to Public Administration3
    Select one course from:3
    Political Inquiry and Analysis
    Research Methods in Politics and Government 1, 2
    PUB 320Public Budgeting and Finance3
    PUB 330Public Policy3
    PUB 450Internship in Public Administration3
    POL 494Capstone Seminar in Politics and Government3
    Public administration areas of emphasis:
    Select nine credits at the 300/400 level in the following three areas (see lists below):9
    Public policy
    Public sector personnel and management
    Civic and community engagement
    Public administration electives:
    Select an additional three credits of electives from any public administration course not used to satisfy the above requirements, or from the list of other courses (see list below).3
    Total Credits36

     MTH 145 Elementary Statistics (4 cr.) is a required prerequisite of POL 361 Research Methods in Politics and Government (3 cr.).


    POL 361 Research Methods in Politics and Government (3 cr.) is a requirement for the political science and/or public administration honors program.

    Public administration majors may count a maximum of nine credits towards a political science major or six credits towards a political science minor.

    Public policy

    PUB 332Urban Policy3
    PUB 334Health Policy3
    PUB 338Environmental Policy3
    POL 340American Foreign Policy3

    Public sector personnel and management

    PUB 340Public Personnel Administration3
    PUB 342Urban Administration3
    PUB 344Health Administration3
    PUB 346Ethics Management in Government3
    POL 376Constitutional Law VII: Administrative Law3

    Civic and community engagement

    POL 250Leadership and Engagement1-2
    PUB 451Civic Engagement and the Wisconsin Idea3
    PUB 453Nonprofit Organizations3

    Other elective courses

    PUB 399Special Topics in Public Administration3
    ECO 300Economic Issues in Public Policy3
    ECO 310Managerial Economics3
    ECO 321Modern Political Economy3
    ECO 350Health Economics3
    ECO 400Monetary Theory and Policy3
    ECO 402Public Sector Economics3
    ENG 307Writing for Management, Public Relations and the Professions3
    ENG 314Grant Writing3
    GEO 307Political Geography3
    GEO 309Urban Geography3
    HIS 320Introduction to Public and Policy History3
    HIS 322History of Public Education in United States3
    MGT 308Behavior and Theory in Organizations3
    POL 301American Presidency3
    POL 302Legislative Process3
    POL 450Internship in Political Science1-12
    POL 451Internship in Criminal Justice3
    POL 498Honors/Graduate Reading & Research in Political Science2-3
    PSY 241Social Psychology3
    PSY 343Group Dynamics3
    PSY 376Industrial/Organizational Psychology3
    SOC 311Rural and Urban Communities3
    WGS 374Women, Poverty and Public Policy3

    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. 

    College of Liberal Studies (CLS/SAC) 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 (education majors earn a Bachelor of Science 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 degree requirements

    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 UWL 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 UWL is required for graduation. (See undergraduate resident requirement.)
    7. Submit an application for graduation via the "Apply for Graduation" link in 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 apply by May 1. May and summer graduates should apply 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.

    Below is a sample degree plan that can be used as a guide to identify courses required to fulfill the major and other requirements needed for degree completion. A student's actual degree plan may differ depending on the course of study selected (second major, minor, etc.). Also, this sample plan assumes readiness for each course and/or major plan, and some courses may not be offered every term. Review the course descriptions or the class timetable for course offering information.

    The sample degree plans represented in this catalog are intended for first-year students entering UWL in the fall term. Students should use the Advisement Report (AR) in WINGS and work closely with their faculty advisor(s) and college dean’s office to ensure declaration and completion of all requirements in a timely manner.

    General Education Program
    The general education curriculum (Gen Ed) is the common educational experience for all undergraduates at UWL. Sample degree plans include Gen Ed placeholders to ensure completion of the general education requirements. Courses may be rearranged to fit the needs or recommendations of the student’s program of study. Gen Ed courses may be taken during winter term (January between the semesters) and summer to reduce the course load during regular terms (fall and spring). Students should consult with their advisor and/or the assistant to the dean of their college for assistance with course and schedule planning. Refer to the general education requirements for more specific details.

    Note: at least 40 credits of the 120 credits required must be earned at the 300/400 level.

    This sample degree plan does not establish a contractual agreement. It identifies the minimum requirements a student must successfully complete, to qualify for a degree, in a format intended to assist the student plan their academic career. Actual degree plans may differ.

    Year 1
    HIS 101, 102, or ARC 200 (Gen Ed World History)3Gen Ed Natural Lab Science4
    POL 102 (Gen Ed Self & Society)3ENG 110 or 112 (Gen Ed Literacy - Written)3
    CST 110 (Gen Ed Literacy - Oral)3ECO 110 (Gen Ed Self & Society)3
    Gen Ed Math14Gen Ed Health & Well-Being3
    Gen Ed Arts2-3 
     16 13
    Year 2
    Gen Ed Arts2-3Gen Ed Hum-Lit3
    102+ Level Gen Ed/CLS Core Language44Gen Ed Minority Cultures3
    Gen Ed Elective3POL 361 or 2612,33
    PUB 2103Minor Course3
    Gen Ed Global Studies3CLS Core Elective3
     16 15
    Year 3
    Minor Course3Minor Course3
    CLS Core Elective3PUB Area of Emphasis Course3
    PUB Area of Emphasis Course3University Elective3
    Minor Course3PUB 3203
    University Elective3PUB Area of Emphasis Course3
     15 15
    Year 4
    CLS Core Diversity Elective3Minor Course3
    PUB 450 Internship3University Elective3
    PUB 3303PUB Elective3
    Minor Course3Gen Ed Elective3
    University Elective3POL 4943
     15 15
    Total Credits: 120

    At least two courses must be designed as writing emphasis. 


    MTH 145 Elementary Statistics is recommended.


    MTH 145 is required to enroll in POL 361.


    Public administration majors have the option of taking POL 261 or POL 361; however, students considering graduate school are encouraged to take both. Additionally, the Political Science and Public Administration Honors Program requires students to complete POL 361.


    CLS Core Humanities and Fine Arts Tracks require 102+ level language. CLS Core Language Track requires 202 level language. Students unprepared for 202 level will need to complete prerequisite course work.

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