2017-2018 Catalog

Public Administration (Pols)


Hand, Harsell, Jensen, Jendrysik, Kassow, Sum (Chair), Urlacher, and Wood

The Department of Political Science and Public Administration offers undergraduate programs leading to the Bachelor of Science with a major or minor in Public Administration. The major introduces students to administrative sciences through coursework in the common core. Students follow either the track in public administration or the nonprofit track. The former prepares students for employment in the public sector and the latter readies students for work in the nonprofit sector. Either track is appropriate for students interested in graduate studies, law school, or teaching.

The Department also offers a graduate program through the School of Graduate Studies leading to the Masters of Public Administration. Some students pursuing the B.S.P.A. choose to simultaneously earn a Master of Public Administration (MPA) through the 5-year combined degree program. See the Graduate section for admission criteria.


B.S.P.A. with Major in Public Administration

Required 125 credits (36 of which must be numbered 300 or above, and 60 of which must be from a 4-year institution) including:

I. Essential Studies Requirements (see University ES listing).

II. The applicable College of Business and Public Administration Requirements (see BPA listing).

III. Common Core Curriculum

POLS 115American Government I3
or POLS 116 State and Local Government
ACCT 200Elements of Accounting I3
ECON 201Principles of Microeconomics3
MGMT 300Principles of Management3
POLS 437Administrative Processes3
POLS 495Senior Colloquium in Political Science and Public Administration3
Total Credits18

All students in the major follow the common core curriculum along with courses in one of the two tracks below: Public Administration or Nonprofit for a total of 33 credit hours to complete the major.

IV. Public Administration track


ECON 210Introduction to Business and Economic Statistics3
POLS 250Introduction to Public Administration3
POLS 300Introduction Research Methods3
Electives: select two from the following6
Elements of Accounting II
Human Resource Management
Organizational Behavior
Public Finance
Legislative Processes
Presidential Institutions and Management
Urban Politics and Administration
Public Policy Making Process
Other courses with academic advisor approval
Total Credits15

V. Nonprofit track


POLS 200Introduction to the Nonprofit Sector3
POLS 361Nonprofit Management (Undergrad)3
POLS 480Administrative Internship3
Electives: select two from the following6
Elements of Accounting II
American Constitution-Civil Liberties
Organizational Behavior
International Human Rights
Women and Politics
Organizational Theory and Analysis
Other courses with academic advisor approval
Total Credits15


Minor in Public Administration

Required 21 credits, including:

POLS 250Introduction to Public Administration3
POLS 300Introduction Research Methods3
POLS 404Urban Politics and Administration3
POLS 432Public Policy Making Process3
POLS 437Administrative Processes3
Select two of the following:6
Public Finance
Legislative Processes
Presidential Institutions and Management
Public Administration Behavior and Theory
Administrative Internship
Workplace Dynamics
Total Credits21

Note: Other courses may be elected with the consent of the Department.

POLS 115. American Government I. 3 Credits.

An introduction to political science through the study of the American political system: The Constitution; the political processes; the structure, powers and procedures of the Presidency, Congress, and the Judiciary. F,S.

POLS 116. State and Local Government. 3 Credits.

Structure, function and problems of state and local government; executive, legislative, and judicial processes; federalism and metropolitan government. F,S.

POLS 250. Introduction to Public Administration. 3 Credits.

Introduction to the development of public administration in the United States and to the concepts and methods used in its practice. The political aspects of the public bureaucracy and contemporary issues are also highlighted. Prerequisite: POLS 115. F.

POLS 300. Introduction Research Methods. 3 Credits.

General consideration of research methods and data analysis in political science and the social sciences. F.

POLS 308. Intergovernmental Relations. 3 Credits.

Analyzes the growing interrelationship of federal, state and local governments with emphasis on financial aspects.

POLS 328. Legislative Processes. 3 Credits.

Emphasis will be placed on the structure, functions, and duties of Congress, as well as congressional elections, patterns of congressional leadership, policy successes and failures, and the relationship between Congress and the federal courts and Congress and the U.S. Presidency. S, even years.

POLS 329. Presidential Institutions and Management. 3 Credits.

This course focuses on the intersection of politics and management with the executive branch. Special emphasis is placed on the roles of institutions and critical executive branch actors such as the President in the management and execution of public policy. S, odd years.

POLS 404. Urban Politics and Administration. 3 Credits.

Analysis of the socio-economic context of urban America and its impact on politics, policy, and administration. Prerequisite: POLS 115. S.

POLS 432. Public Policy Making Process. 3 Credits.

Two-thirds of the class is devoted to understanding the stages of the policy process: (1) Problem Identification and Agenda Setting; (2) Policy Formulation; (3) Policy Adoption; (4) Policy Implementation; and (5) Policy Evaluation. The last third applies the model to substantive policy areas such as health, environment, education. Prerequisite: POLS 115. S.

POLS 433. Public Administration Behavior and Theory. 3 Credits.

Designed to make students aware of the political and community implications of public administration in a democratic society. Reviews and analyzes the political environment of public administration and considers various techniques for accommodating democratic influences in the administrative process. F.

POLS 437. Administrative Processes. 3 Credits.

Explanation of theoretical and practical aspects of personnel and financial management in the public sector. Prerequisite: POLS 250. S.

POLS 480. Administrative Internship. 1-3 Credits.

On-the-job training in a governmental position with final report and analysis of the agency by the intern. Prior approval of instructor required before enrollment. Prerequisites: GPA of 3.0, 12 hours in POLS, course related to cooperative experience, and permission of department. S/U grading. F,S.

POLS 493. Professional Project Public Administration. 3 Credits.

An independent study where students will independently develop a paper under supervision, which demonstrates the ability to use the knowledge and skills of public administration to address public administration issues. Prerequisite: Senior standing. S.

POLS 495. Senior Colloquium in Political Science and Public Administration. 3 Credits.

A capstone course in Political Science designed to integrate the subareas of the discipline. The development of the discipline, its great thinkers, and current directions will be examined. This course is designed for majors only. Prerequisite: Senior standing and 21 hours of POLS credit or consent of the instructor. S.

 Note: Additional elective courses are listed under Political Science.

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