The Bachelor of Arts in Public Administration prepares students for service in public agencies or nonprofit organizations. Students study the larger political environment of public service and the concepts and goals that underline such functions as budgeting, personnel, policy analysis and management. Specifically, the curriculum provides opportunities for students to develop an understanding of factual knowledge about the role and function of the public and nonprofit sectors of society, including: understanding the role of the administrative function in political system; the role of personnel administration, public budgeting and finance in creating and implementing public policy; the role of public administration professionals as participants in creating and implementing public policy; and different models of politics and governance as they relate to the role of administrative agencies and processes, particularly their role in democratic systems. The program prepares students for employment in government.
In addition to the requirements for the major, students must meet all other university requirements for a bachelor’s degree. Please consult the Graduation Requirements for the Bachelor’s Degree section in this catalog for complete information.