Public Affairs

B.S. with Major in Public Affairs

Plan of Study Grid
Freshman Year
First SemesterCredits
ENGL 110 College Composition I 3
MATH 103 College Algebra 3
POLS 115
American Government I
or State and Local Government
3
POLS 120 Global Perspectives 3
Essential Studies: Lab Science 4
 Credits16
Second Semester
COMM 110 Fundamentals of Public Speaking 3
ENGL 130 Composition II: Writing for Public Audiences 3
Essential Studies: Humanities 6
Essential Studies: Math/Science/Technology 3
 Credits15
Sophomore Year
First Semester
POLS 200
Introduction to the Nonprofit Sector Pols 200 if pursuing the nonprofit track, Pols 250 if pursuing the pub adm track
or Introduction to Public Administration
3
ACCT 200 Elements of Accounting I 3
ECON 201 Principles of Microeconomics 3
POLS 215 Politics and Diversity 3
Essential Studies: Fine Arts 3
 Credits15
Second Semester
POLS 361
Nonprofit Management (Undergrad) Pols 361 if pursuing the nonprofit track, Econ 210 if pursuing the pub adm track
or Introduction to Business and Economic Statistics
3
Major Electives 6
General Electives 6
 Credits15
Junior Year
First Semester
POLS 480
Administrative Internship Pols 480 if pursuing the nonprofit track, Pols 300 if pursuing the pub adm track
or Introduction Research Methods
3
MGMT 300 Principles of Management 3
Major Elective 3
General Electives Recommended: 300 or above 6
 Credits15
Second Semester
POLS 437 Administrative Processes 3
Major Elective 3
General Electives 9
 Credits15
Senior Year
First Semester
General Electives Recommended 300 or above 15
 Credits15
Second Semester
POLS 495 Senior Colloquium in Political Science and Public Administration 3
General Electives Recommended 300 or above 11
 Credits14
 Total Credits120

Students in the BS in Public Affairs (new name beginning in Fall 2018) degree program follow a core set of courses that provide a foundation in nonprofit or public administration. Students pursue either the nonprofit track or public administration track to complement the core coursework. Students in the nonprofit track should consider also pursuing a minor in Nonprofit Leadership. Students pursuing the public administration track should consider extending their course of study for one year to earn a Master in Public Administration degree (4+1 combined program).


Students must complete enough electives to bring total credit hours up to the 120. Please Note: Every student must fulfill all University, Departmental, and Essential Studies requirements.