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    Public Administration Major - Bachelor of Science (BS)

    (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
    ACC 435Governmental and Institutional Accounting3
    ECO 300Economic Issues in Public Policy3
    ECO 310Managerial Economics3
    ECO 321Modern Political Economy3
    ECO 400Monetary Theory and Policy3
    ECO 402Public Sector Economics3
    ECO 471Health 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 Science 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).

    Bachelor of Science students complete four courses outside the department of the student's major as follows:
    1. A lab science course (from the general education list); and
    2. A social science course; and
    3. Another social science or general education natural science, or math course, or an approved CLS alternative (ENV 201, PHL 334, PHL 339); and
    4. One additional course in humanities or fine arts or complete a modern language course 102 level or higher.
    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 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.

    Below is a sample degree plan that can be used as a guide to identify the courses required to complete the major and other requirements needed for degree completion. The actual degree plan may differ depending on the course of study selected (second major, minor, etc.). This sample plan also assumes readiness for each course and/or major plan. Actual degree plans may differ. Some courses may not be offered every term. Review 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 UW-L 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
    General education (Gen Ed) is the common educational experience for all undergraduates at UW-L. Sample degree plans include Gen Ed placeholders to ensure completion of the general education curriculum. 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). Consult with your advisor and/or the assistant to the dean in your 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.

    Year 1
    HIS 101, 102, or ARC 2003Gen Ed Health & Well Being3
    POL 102 (Gen Ed Self & Society)3ENG 110 or 112 (Gen Ed Literacy - Written)3
    CST 110 (Gen Ed Literacy - Oral)3Gen Ed Natural Lab Science4
    Gen Ed Math14ECO 110 (Gen Ed & Required for Major)3
    Gen Ed Arts2-3 
     16 13
    Year 2
    Gen Ed Arts2-3Gen Ed Hum-Lit3
    CLS Core Elective - Natural Lab Science4Gen Ed Minority Cultures3
    Gen Ed Elective3Minor Course3
    PUB 2103CLS Core Elective3
    Gen Ed Global Studies (ECO 120 recommended)3POL 361 or 2612,33
     16 15
    Year 3
    Minor Course3PUB Area of Emphasis Course3
    CLS Core Elective3PUB Area of Emphasis Course3
    Minor Course3Minor Course3
    Gen Ed Math/Language/Logical Systems3-4Elective3
    PUB Area of Emphasis Course3PUB 3203
     15-16 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: 120-121

    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.

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