As a student this program, you'll learn the skills that prepare you for a career in
public service. The curriculum emphasizes practical skills, such as management and
budgeting, that are applicable to work in any number of public or nonprofit organizations.
If you're interested in particular policy areas, such as politics or economics, the
curriculum accommodates a minor in those and many other subjects.
Learn the skills to work with the regulatory, legal, administrative, and policy environments
of the public sector, complementing diverse majors in Aviation, Business, or Engineering.
Gain administrative expertise through coursework and apply it to real life experiences
in the workplace. Once you complete the coursework, you will be able to apply to graduate
programs in Public Administration, Public Policy, and Urban Development regardless
of your major.
Public Administration Courses You Could Take
POLS 115. American Government I. 3 Credits.
An introduction to political science through the study of the American political system: The Constitution; the political processes; the structure, powers and procedures of the Presidency, Congress, and the Judiciary. F,S.
POLS 120. Global Perspectives. 3 Credits.
This course is designed to help students think critically about global awareness, diversity, and multiculturalism. This course will provide a foundation for students to later complete a designated global engagement experience. The course explores globalization and its consequences and builds a foundation for students to be informed and globally engaged citizens. F.
POLS 250. Introduction to Public Administration. 3 Credits.
Introduction to the development of public administration in the United States and to the concepts and methods used in its practice. The political aspects of the public bureaucracy and contemporary issues are also highlighted. Prerequisite: POLS 115. F.
POLS 310. Introduction to Political Thought. 3 Credits.
Political thought from classical times to the 19th century with emphasis on issues raised in the works of Plato, Aristotle, St. Agustine, Machiavelli, Hobbes, Locke, Rousseau, Mill, Marx and Nietzsche. F.
POLS 405. Political Behavior. 3 Credits.
A review of the role of the public in a democracy focusing on the formation and content of public opinion, the means of communicating that opinion to government, and the impact of that opinion on policy. Prerequisite: POLS 115. F.
POLS 432. Public Policy Making Process. 3 Credits.
Two-thirds of the class is devoted to understanding the stages of the policy process: (1) Problem Identification and Agenda Setting; (2) Policy Formulation; (3) Policy Adoption; (4) Policy Implementation; and (5) Policy Evaluation. The last third applies the model to substantive policy areas such as health, environment, education. Prerequisite: POLS 115. S.
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