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Undergraduate Program

The undergraduate degree in Public Administration offers students the opportunity to study the management of government and nonprofit entities. Students are challenged with various experiences that increase their knowledge and skills in the management of large complex organizations. The undergraduate program is small with approximately 50 majors and classes that average 12 students.  Thus students can receive individual attention. Each semester half of the required courses are taught in the evening program and the other half during the day.  This course schedule seeks to accommodate nontraditional students.  Our students are diverse in age, national origin and race. Students are encourage to study abroad or in Washington, DC

Careers in Public Administration

Graduates receive preparation for a variety of entry-level professional positions in the public sector, in not-for-profit agencies and private sector companies that provide public policy and public services or which must be knowledgeable of, and sensitive to, public policy and public affairs concerns. Graduates also are prepared for law school and related careers in law, as well as for graduate work in such fields as policy analysis, business and public administration, health services administration, city and local government management, tax office administration, human resource management, public transportation, law enforcement.  Our graduates can be found in both leadership roles in both the public and private sectors.  They have successful studied at some of the finest graduate programs in the world.


Admissions requirements into the Department of Public Administration are  the same as the University.


Students must discuss courses of study with the appropriate undergraduate advisors throughout their college enrollment and need to develop their own individual programs with faculty and staff advisors at the time of first enrollment and throughout their college careers.

Graduation Requirements

 Students enrolled in the Bachelors Arts program receive a professional education in the context of a broad, liberal education. Breadth is demonstrated through completion of the following course of study:
124 hours Total Hours required include General Education Requirements
30 hours Total Hours in the Major

  • PADM 2400,  Intro to Public Administration
  • PADM 3130, Computer App I
  • PADM 3400,  Public Fin. Administration
  • PADM 3460,  Public Personnel Administration
  • PADM 3470,  Public Administration and Public Policy
  • PADM 3490, Intergovernmental Relations
  • PADM 4130,  Computer App II
  • PADM 4230,  Administration and Organization
  • PADM 4240  Seminar in Public Administration
  • POLS 2100  Introduction to American Government

12 Hours Non Major Required Courses

  • ECON 2200 Macroeconomic
  • ECON 2300  Microeconomics
  • ENG 2105 Intro to Technical Writing
  • POLS 4110  or POLS 4120 Political Theory I or Political Theory II

Course Descriptions

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