Public Policy Administration BSPPA, Public Policy 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 Policy Emphasis Area

Students will adopt a policy concentration of at least 15 credit hours with approval from the BSPPA coordinator. Possible areas of specialization include, but are not limited to, environmental policy, government and business, society and the legal system, urban policy, labor studies, health care, human services, and nonprofit service provision. In fulfilling the concentration requirement, students, in consultation with the BSPPA coordinator, will select courses from related disciplines including at least two political science courses related to the policy area.

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 the student’s chosen policy area.
  • Compare and contrast different approaches and frameworks relevant to the student’s chosen policy area.
First Year
FallHoursSpringHours
INTDSC 100311POL SCI 15003
POL SCI 11003ECON 10013
ENGL 11003CORE - Communication Proficiency3
CORE - Mathematics Proficiency3EXPLORE - Mathematics and Life/Natural Sciences3
EXPLORE - Mathematics and Life/Natural Sciences3Elective or minor3
EXPLORE - Humanities and Fine Arts 3 
 16 15
Second Year
FallHoursSpringHours
POL SCI 24003POL SCI 24203
ECON 10023INFSYS 18003
EXPLORE - Humanities and Fine Arts3POL SCI XXXX Policy Concentration Course3
EXPLORE - Mathematics and Life/Natural Sciences3EXPLORE - Humanities and Fine Arts3
Elective or minor3Elective or minor3
 15 15
Third Year
FallHoursSpringHours
POL SCI 30003ENGL 31003
POL SCI XXXX Policy Concentration Course3POL SCI XXXX Policy Concentration Course3
Elective or minor3Elective or minor3
Elective or minor3Elective or minor3
Elective or minor3Elective or minor3
 15 15
Fourth Year
FallHoursSpringHours
POL SCI 39403POL SCI 49503
POL SCI XXXX Policy Concentration Course3POL SCI XXXX Policy Concentration Course3
Elective or minor3Elective or minor3
Elective or minor3Elective or minor3
Elective or minor3Elective or minor2
 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.