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2016-2017 University Catalog 
2016-2017 University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Public Administration

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Division of Politics Administration and Justice Division Chair

Stacy Mallicoat

Public Administration Coordinator

Michelle Arsneault

Department Office/Website

University Hall 511


David Adams, Michelle Arsneault, Sarah Hill, Meriem Hodge, Myung Jung Kwon, Paul Peretz, Samuel Stone, Yuan Ting, Justin Tucker, Yan Xiao


Public Administration trains people to become managers in government and nonprofit organizations. It draws on literature from political science, psychology, economics, business and sociology to provide students with skills that will make them more effective public sector leaders. It is concerned with the role played by public employees in policy-making, planning, personnel management, taxation and finance, and in responding to the needs and problems of communities and the nation.

A major in Public Administration features focused study and preparation for service in public agencies or in nonprofit organizations. Public administration majors study the larger political environment of public service and the concepts and goals that underline such functions as budgeting, personnel, policy analysis and management. Students without professional public service backgrounds gain experience through the government internship.

Learning Goals and Student Learning Outcomes


The division offers a variety of internships. Each one involves students working in an agency or political organization, and meeting in an on-campus seminar to discuss and analyze their experiences. The internship in Public Administration is POSC 497 and is required of all majors without public service administration experience.

Programs and Courses Offered

Courses are designated as POSC (Political Science) in the class schedule. Please refer to the Political Science Department catalog section for course numbers and descriptions.


    Bachelor of ArtsMaster of Public AdministrationNon-Degree

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