Public Policy Administration BSPPA, Public Administration Emphasis

The BSPPA degree has two emphasis areas and a track. The first is a public administration emphasis, which emphasizes management in both the public and nonprofit sectors; it may produce a terminal degree or be a precursor to graduate training. The second is a public policy emphasis in which a student may focus on a particular policy area and also acquire specialized analytic training and research skills, in preparation for relevant entry-level jobs in the public or the voluntary sector as well as in certain parts of the private sector. The track area focuses explicitly on the administrative and leadership concerns of organizations in the nonprofit sector, which constitutes a growing field of research and employment opportunities.

General Education Requirements

Majors must satisfy the university and college general education requirements. Political science courses may be used to satisfy the social sciences requirement.

Degree Requirements

All BSPPA majors must complete at least 33 but no more then 51, hours in political science. The following core curriculum is required of all BSPPA majors:

Political Science
POL SCI 1100Introduction to American Politics (MOTR POSC 101)3
POL SCI 1500Introduction to Comparative Politics (MOTR POSC 202)3
POL SCI 3000Political Analysis3
POL SCI 2400Public Administration3
POL SCI 2420Introduction to Public Policy3
POL SCI 3940Public Affairs Internship1-6
POL SCI 4950Senior Seminar in Political Science3
ECON 1001Principles of Microeconomics (MOTR ECON 102)3
ECON 1002Principles of Macroeconomics (MOTR ECON 101)3
Total Hours25-30

In addition, students must provide a demonstration of computer proficiency through one of the following:

  • INFSYS 1800 Computers and Information Systems, extension courses, or other study approved by the BSPPA coordinator.
  • BSPPA students may take a maximum of 3 hours of political science on a satisfactory/ unsatisfactory basis, except for the following (which may not be taken on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis):
     
POL SCI 1100Introduction to American Politics (MOTR POSC 101)3
POL SCI 1500Introduction to Comparative Politics (MOTR POSC 202)3
POL SCI 3000Political Analysis3
POL SCI 2400Public Administration3
POL SCI 2420Introduction to Public Policy3
POL SCI 3940Public Affairs Internship1-6
POL SCI 4950Senior Seminar in Political Science3

Public Administration Emphasis Area

In addition to the core curriculum requirements for all BSPPA majors, students in the public administration emphasis area are required to complete the following courses:

POL SCI 2430Public and Nonprofit Organizational Behavior3
POL SCI 3420Public and NonProfit Personnel Management3
POL SCI 3440Public and NonProfit Budgeting3
POL SCI 3450Urban Administration3
Select at least one additional Political Science Course3
Total Hours15

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the program, graduates will be able to:

  • Explain the characteristics and impact of policy-making institutions and systems, including national, state, and local governments.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of administrative systems and processes.
  • Apply various methods, tools, and sources to answer important management and policy questions.
  • Analyze policies, programs, and relevant issues, formulate evidence-based recommendations, and communicate them with clarity and coherence.
  • Apply public policy administration knowledge and engage in real-world problem solving through an internship.
  • Plan, execute, and defend a major research project.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of theories, concepts and practices relevant to public administration.
  • Apply critical skills for working in public administration such as interpreting budget documents and making budget choices, creating communications plans, and developing recruitment and hiring policies.

Four Year Plan

First Year
FallHoursSpringHours
INTDSC 100311POL SCI 15003
CORE - Mathematics Proficiency3ECON 10013
ENGL 11003CORE - Communication Proficiency3
POL SCI 11003EXPLORE - Mathematics and Life/Natural Sciences3
EXPLORE - Mathematics and Life/Natural Sciences3Elective or minor3
EXPLORE - Humanities and Fine Arts3 
 16 15
Second Year
FallHoursSpringHours
POL SCI 24003POL SCI 24203
POL SCI 24303INFSYS 18003
ECON 10023EXPLORE - Humanities and Fine Arts3
EXPLORE - Humanities and Fine Arts 3Elective or minor3
Elective or minor3Elective or minor3
 15 15
Third Year
FallHoursSpringHours
POL SCI 34203POL SCI 34403
POL SCI 30003POL SCI 34503
Elective or minor3ENGL 11003
Elective or minor3Elective or minor3
Elective or minor3Elective or minor3
 15 15
Fourth Year
FallHoursSpringHours
POL SCI 39403POL SCI 49503
POL SCI XXXX Policy and Institutions Course3Elective or minor2
Elective or minor3Elective or minor3
Elective or minor3Elective or minor3
Elective or minor3Elective or minor3
 15 14
Total Hours: 120

Please Note: This plan is an example of what a four year plan could look like for a typical student. Placement exam scores in math as well as the completion of coursework may change the plan. It should not be used in the place of regular academic advising appointments. All students are encouraged to meet with their advisor each semester. All requirements are subject to change.