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Undergraduate Course List
PADM 2400. Introduction to Public Administration (3) Prerequisite: POLS 2100. A study of the principles and problems of public administration at state and national levels. Among the topics considered: the role of the United States Civil Service Commission in personnel recruitment, the implementation of public policy in housing, education, health and urban development.

PADM 3400. Public Financial Administration (3) This course is designed to familiarize the students with the role of financial administration and budgeting in the determination of governmental policy, administrative planning, control of governmental operations, and intergovernmental relations.

PADM 3460. Public Personnel Administration (3) This course examines the role of people in public organization, the personnel functions from recruitment to selection and career development. The Civil Service system, public employee unions, and employee -employer relations are aspects of the personnel functions which will be examined.

PADM 3490. Intergovernmental Administrationn (3) This course examines the administrative aspects of policies competition among the various levels of government and how they affect the administration of public programs. The course will include intergovernmental legislative and personnel problems. This course is offered only in the Fall semester

PADM 3520. Urban Planning and Public Administration (3) This course will focus on planning theory and practice as they relate to urban areas. It will examine the planning process; it will relate planning to various urban problems, housing, education, health, transportation, etc.; it will relate planning to the administrative process; and will give an overview of the role of planning in national development, i.e. regional planning and other forms of sub-national planning. It will closely examine the relationship between the planner and the administrator in urban areas.

PADM 4030. Introduction to Honors Research II (3) Prerequisite: PADM 4020. In this course students complete the senior thesis begun in PADM 4020. Prerequisite: PADM 3400, 3460, 3470, 3490, 4230, and senior status. This course is designed to provide students with an opportunity to synthesize the various aspects of the public administration program. Students will be expected to draw on all of their experiences, lecture courses, internship and directed readings, and to address the issues and problems in the field of public administration.

PADM 4300. Public Administration Internship I (3) Prerequisites: PADM 2400, 3130, 3400, 3460, 3470, and senior status. This internship is a highly structured course designed to help the student integrate theoretical textbook knowledge with the real world of public administration. The nature of this internship is not observational in that the student is under close supervision of the internship director and trained agency personnel, and will be involved in clearly defined work projects.  This course is offered only in the Fall Semester.

PADM 4620. Special Topics in Public Administration (3) An investigation of in-depth, research based analyses of contemporary topical areas in public administration not covered in other courses. It is designed to address the emerging issues related to the discipline. This course is offered only in the Fall Semester.

PADM 3130. Computer Applications to Public Administration Problems I (3) Introductory course in computer application to such public administration areas as personnel and financial system file maintenance and retrieval, survey and aggregate data analysis, and data transformation systems. This course is offered only in the Fall Semester.

PADM 3420. Urban Administration (3) This course examines the administrative aspects of urban problems. It examines the causes, effects and possible solutions to these problems making use of such techniques as gaming simulation, field research and interaction with public administrators. The scope of problems considered varies as the urban scene changes. Presently, it includes planning, financing, housing, racism, welfare, poverty, education, crime, transportation and health care. These problems will be examined in light of such concepts as citizen participation, ethnic politics and the politics of decision making.

PADM 3470. Public Administration and Public Policy (3) This course will define the public policy making process in America. The major focus will be on defining specific areas of public policy such as housing, welfare, health education, planning, etc., analyzing those policies and proposing alternative delivery systems. The student will be exposed to the processes of public policy formulation, implementation and evaluation. The student is encouraged to have a knowledge of aggregate data analysis.

PADM 4020. Introduction to Honors Research I (3) Prerequisites: minimum 3.2 GPA and permission of the instructor. Students are introduced to public administration research and must plan and begin the senior thesis. One chapter of the senior thesis must be written and approved in this course.

PADM 4130. Computer Applications to Public Administration Problems II (3) Prerequisite: PADM 3130. Advanced course in computer application, deals with the study of advanced computer techniques including multivariate analysis, index and scale applications to public administration systems, and research using several computer routines. This course is offered only in the Spring Semester and in some cases in Summer Semester with adequate enrollment. 

PADM 4230. Administration and Organizational Theory (3) Prerequisite: PADM 2400. An advanced course in public administration designed to strengthen the student’s understanding of theory and practice of administrative organizations.

PADM 4310. Public Administration Internship II (3) Prerequisite: PADM 4300. A continuation of PADM 4300. A continuation of PADM 4300, in which the student will complete an additional 300 clock hours in a public or not-for-profit agency. A final paper describing the internship experience is required. This course is offered only in the Spring Semester.

PADM 4630. Independent Study (3) Prerequisite: Junior or senior status. Independent readings and research under the supervision of an instructor. The course may be repeated twice as different topics or readings are selected for examination.

PADM 4240. Seminar in Public Administration (3) Prerequisite: PADM 3400, 3460, 3470, 3490, 4230, and senior status. This course is designed to provide students with an opportunity to synthesize the various aspects of the public administration program. Students will be expected to draw on all of their experiences, lecture courses, internship and directed readings, and to address the issues and problems in the field of public administration.