Are you a critical thinker who is good at communicating orally and in writing to a wide variety of audiences? If so, public administration might be for you. Make a difference in public policy and become an advocate for something that’s important to you.
By pursuing a major in public administration, you will:
- Develop an understanding of the ways in which government differs from the private sector.
- Discover the role of public administrators in the functioning of government at the federal, state and local levels.
- Explore different ways in which the performance of public policies and programs may be evaluated.
A Rare Undergraduate Degree
While many universities (including UND) offer a graduate degree in public administration or public policy, undergraduate programs in public administration are relatively rare. UND's public administration major provides you a unique opportunity to prepare for a career in the public sector.
While minors in political science or economics are the most natural complements to a major in public administration, any minor field of study related to a particular policy area you are interesting in would fit well with a public administration degree. The Department of Political Science & Public Administration also offers a five-year program which allows students to earn both a bachelor's degree in public administration and an MPA degree in a five year period.
Public administration majors are invited to participate in the Pi Sigma Alpha honor society and the Public Affairs Club. While there are no regular, formalized undergraduate research opportunities associated with the major, interested students may inquire with the Bureau of Governmental Affairs, housed in the Department of Political Science & Public Administration, which periodically employs undergraduate and graduate students in its survey research and analysis activities.
When you think of government, you likely think of elected officials such as mayors, governors and senators, but these roles typically rely heavily on public administrators for advice and expertise in crafting policies and making laws. Beyond this, public administrators in agencies and programs at all levels of government bear the responsibility of putting these laws and programs into effect, delivering services and benefits to citizens, evaluating program performance and making improvements to how policies are implemented.
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Meed Jed, a Political Science and Public Administration major at UND. This past spring, Jed was selected as a winner of the Truman Scholarship, which grants him $30,000 in graduate school studies.