2016-2017 Catalog

Public Administration (Pols)


Hand, Harsell, Hultquist, Jensen, Jendrysik, Kassow, Light, 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 B.S.P.A. is offered through the College of Business and Public Administration. The Public Administration program has a core of liberal arts courses combined with courses from the administrative sciences. The communication and analytical skills emphasized prepare students for employment in the public, not-for-profit, and private sectors; graduate studies; law school; and teaching.

The Department also offers a graduate program through the School of Graduate Studies leading to the Masters of Public Administration. Some students may qualify for a 5-year undergraduate Public Administration/Master of Public Administration (MPA) 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. The Following Curriculum:

Pre-Public Administration Core

ACCT 200
ACCT 201
Elements of Accounting I
and Elements of Accounting II
ISBC 117Personal Productivity with Information Technology1
ECON 201Principles of Microeconomics3
ECON 202Principles of Macroeconomics3
ECON 210Introduction to Business and Economic Statistics3
MATH 103College Algebra3
POLS 115
POLS 116
American Government I
and State and Local Government
COMM 110Fundamentals of Public Speaking3
POLS 250Introduction to Public Administration3
ENGL 130Composition II: Writing for Public Audiences3
Total Credits34

IV. General Public Administration


ECON 324Public Finance3
POLS 300Introduction Research Methods3
POLS 328Legislative Processes3
or POLS 329 Presidential Institutions and Management
POLS 404Urban Politics and Administration3
POLS 432Public Policy Making Process3
POLS 437Administrative Processes3
POLS 495Senior Colloquium in Political Science and Public Administration3
MGMT 300Principles of Management3
MGMT 310Organizational Behavior3
or SOC 431 Organizations and Behavior
MGMT 400Organizational Theory and Analysis3
Total Credits30

Public Administration students are required to complete six hours of elective credit. Elective coursework can come from additional PSPA courses or from other disciplines. Consult with your Public Administration advisor for approval of elective credit.


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
Organizations and Behavior
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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