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Bachelor of Science in Public Administration

The ability for efficient functioning in government at all levels is dependent on skilled administrators that understand the functioning of government. Graduates of the Public Administration major from the School of Professional Studies will be well prepared to manage both public and nonprofit agencies, set budgets and control financials, and create and comply with government policies.

The Public Administration major prepares students with skill sets that will make them attractive to a broad range of organizations to include government service, military positions, public and private sector organizations and nonprofit companies. In addition, graduates will possess practical knowledge and experience to lead positive change in the workplace and their respective communities.

Major Requirements

A. UIW Core Curriculum (46 semester hours)

B. Public Administration Major (36 hours)

ECN 2300
Survey of Economics
Course Description

This course presents students with an overview of economic theories, historical development and current applications.  Students are introduced to terms, definitions, policies and philosophies of economics.  Students will be exposed to macro and microeconomic concepts

GOVT 1315
American Politics
Course Description

This survey of U.S. national government. It is designed to provide the student with an understanding of the foundations, constitutions and processes of their national government. The major institutions of the national government are examined in order to gain an understanding of how they work, the role of the people in the political system and the consequences of a democratic political system. The success (and lack thereof) of some groups to influence government and obtain benefits from it are considered in an effort to evaluate the workings of a democratic system.

LDST 3333
Ethical Leadership
Course Description

Ethical Leadership is an analysis of ethics in society and the role of leaders to foster and model ethical behavior. This course is meant to help students understand the role of ethics in leadership and to prepare them to develop and mentor others. Students will be able to explain the theories of ethical leadership and will develop strategies and solutions when faced with case studies dealing with ethical workplace situations. Course content will include the examination of ideas and perspectives in the field of workplace ethics and extend those ideas/perspectives to administrative practice and decision-making. Focus will be to expand capacity for moral inquiry, dialogue, and decision-making in ways that will be useful in professional and personal lives.

MGT 3340
Concepts and Functions of Management
Course Description

Introduction to the theories, concepts and functions of management. Topics include planning, organizing, leading, staffing, controlling, business and managerial ethics and decision making. Management concepts will be applied by analysis of available data and by seeking contemporary opportunities, issues and problem situations.

MSC 3301
Statistical Decision Making
Course Description

This course will allow students to make decisions based on data.  Focus will be given to understanding business statistics and how they are used to inform leadership decision making.  Students will gain the knowledge necessary to analyze data, conduct hypothesis testing using management science techniques.

PUAD 2310
Introduction to Public Administration
Course Description

Public Administration is the relationship between laws, regulations, appellate decisions and the policies that evolve.  This course will examine how the rapid growth of demands on government has affected the management and budgetary implications of this growth.  Students will examine how public administrators manage the comprehensive system of government regulations and policies.

GOVT 1315

PUAD 3310
Administrative Law
Course Description

This course examines the laws that are used to administer and regulate government in the US. Students will examine the powers granted to agencies, the rules that are made and the relationship between the agencies and the citizenry. Attention will be paid to the law and the desire for flexibility in governmental oversight.

GOVT 1315

PUAD 3320
Public Fiscal Management
Course Description

In this course students will learn the fundamentals of budgeting for public, health, and non-profit organizations. Through real-world case studies and assignments, students will gain an understanding of how to use financial information in planning, implementation, reporting, control and analysis.

MATH 1304

PUAD 4310
Economics for Public Administration
Course Description

This course presents students with an overview of core economic concepts and theories in the context of historical and contemporary public policies that impact both the public and the private sector in a given economy. Students are introduced to key terms, definitions, policies, microeconomic as well as macroeconomic concepts, and dominating philosophies of economics in the context of public issues.

ECN 2300 or ECN 2302

PUAD 4320
Intergovernmental Relations
Course Description

This course provides information on the dynamic relationship between all different levels of government. These include governments on the local, state and national level. Students will also learn about the relationships between like government entities. Using case work, students will examine and analyze how states and the federal government work together, both successfully and sometimes not successfully. This course will address topics such as the overview of American intergovernmental relations; legal, political, fiscal, and administrative aspects of intergovernmental relations and the issues and challenges associated with them.

GOVT 1315

PUAD 4330
Public Policy
Course Description

Public Policy covers a wide range of topics, to include the values at the basis of democratic policymaking, the cost- benefits, and the basic tools of policy analysis. This course addresses the institutional arrangements for making public policy decision and the roles of both the non-profit and private sector in making and shaping policy.

PUAD 2310

PUAD 4390
Capstone in Public Administration
Course Description

The capstone is an integrative, problem-solving course in which the expertise gained in the major is applied to public administration case studies where the students will evaluate and provide solutions to actual problems. Using critical thinking skills, students will demonstrate the ability to describe and analyze strategic trends in public administration. This course will be taken by students in their final semester.

PUAD 3320, PUAD 4310, PUAD 4320 and PUAD 4330

C. Required Minor (Choose one)

Business Administration (21 hours)

A minor in Business Administration offers students a well-rounded business education with courses in the major functional areas needed to be proficient in business. In addition, this minor will prepare students to enroll in a Master of Business Administration program of study.

ACC 2301 Accounting Concepts
BIS 2321 Management of Information Systems
BLW 3317 Legal Aspects of Business
ECN 2300 Survey of Economics
BFN 3321 Business Finance
MKT 3331 Introductory Marketing Concepts and Strategies
MSC 3301 Statistical Decision-Making

Criminal Justice (15 hours)

The Criminal Justice minor is designed to develop, enhance and advance professionals in the field of Criminal Justice. It is a synthesis of traditional and contemporary crime studies with emphasis on new and evolving crime trends.

CRIJ 1301 Introduction to Criminal Justice
CRIJ 1325 Criminology
3000-4000 CRIJ Elective
3000-4000 CRIJ Elective
3000-4000 CRIJ Elective

Health Care Management (15 hours)

Health Care Management is a profession that provides leadership and direction to organizations that deliver personal health services, and to the divisions, departments, units or services within those organizations.

HSCI 3310 Health Care Organizations and Administration
HSCI 3330 Legal Issues in Health Care
HSCI 3335 Introduction to Health Care in the United States
HSCI 3345 Health Care Financing
HSCI 4310 Health Care Policy

Human Resource Management (18 hours)

The purpose of the minor in Human Resources is to prepare students for the realities of managing and developing people in the workplace. Students will improve their ability to solve problems, improve processes and enhance the effectiveness and reliability of employees in any type of organization. In addition to developing skills in key HR areas, students will develop important skills in critical thinking, problem solving, technology and communications.

ORGD 3340 Organizational Development
ORGD 4350 Leadership in Organizations

12 hours from the following:

HRES 3330 Human Resources and the Law
HRES 3350 Staffing
HRES 3360 Training and Development
HRES 3370 Compensation and Benefits
HRES 3380 Performance Management

Industrial and Organizational Psychology (18 hours)

The purpose of the Industrial Organizational Psychology Concentration is to prepare students to use psychological concepts to solve problems in organizations and improve the working conditions for employees. Specialists in industrial organizational psychology use the study of human behavior to improve workplace productivity and working habits for both managers and employees.

PSYC 1301 Introduction to Psychology (If completed, replace with a PSYC 3000-4000 elective)
PSYC 3310 Principles of Industrial Organizational Psychology
PSYC 3315 Group Processes
PSYC 3337 Practical Applications in Industrial Organizational Psychology
PSYC 4312 Personnel Psychology
PSYC 4317 Psychology of Motivation and Performance

Leadership Studies (15 hours)

Leadership studies is the management approach that works towards what is best for individuals and what is best for a group as a whole. It empowers an individual to lead from the top, middle, or bottom of an organization.

LDST 3333 Ethical Leadership
LDST 3340 Global Leadership
LDST 3360 Leadership and Team Building
LDST 3390 Leadership and Communications
LDST 4310 Leadership and Conflict Resolution

Nonprofit Management (15 hours)

A minor in nonprofit management prepares students for the management of organizations that take any money received or earned and puts it back into the organization to drive its mission and promote its activities or services.

MGT 3345 Leadership in Nonprofit Organizations
NPT 3310 Grant Writing and Fund Raising
NTP 3320 Nonprofit Financial Management
NPT 3330 Volunteerism and Nonprofit Agencies
NPT 4310 Community Development

Organizational Communication (12 hours)

The purpose of the minor in Organizational Communication is to prepare students for the important role of communications in a variety of different types of organizations. The main role of organizational communications is to make sure that all members of an organization are informed of important information, persuaded of its important and to enhance collegiality of the sharing of information for the good of the business, community or institution.

ORGC 2310 Interpersonal Communication
ORGC 3310 Organizational Communication
ORGC 3320 Persuasive Communication
ORGC 4310 Communication and Decision-Making

Organizational Development (18 hours)

The purpose of the Organizational Development minor is to prepare students for challenges related to improving organizational effectiveness and efficiency by increasing the capacity for individuals, groups and organizations to adapt to change.

ORGD 3340 Organizational Development
ORGD 4350 Leadership in Organizations

12 hours from the following:

ORGD 3360 Teambuilding in Organizations
ORGD 3370 Total Quality Management
ORGD 3390 Communication in Organizations
ORGD 3395 Organizational Change
ORGD 4330 Organizational Learning

Operations Management (18 hours)

A minor in operations management prepares students to apply business practices to make an organization run as efficiently as possible.

MGT 3340 Concepts and Functions of Management
MGT 3354 Theory and Concepts of Personnel Management
MSC 3370 Statistical Analysis of Business
MGT 4346 Quality Assurance
MGT 4348 Supply Chain Management
MGT 4373 Operations and Organizational Efficiency

Project Management (18 hours)

A minor in project management prepares students for the discipline of initiating, planning, executing, controlling, and closing the work of a team to achieve specific goals and success.

MGT 3340 Concepts and Functions of Management
MGT 3347 Project Management Method
MGT 3357 Project Planning
MGT 4340 Applied Management Practice
MGT 4355 Organizational Behavior
MGT 4357 Project Leadership

Psychology (18 hours)

PSYC 1301 Introduction to Psychology (If completed, replace with a PSYC 3000-4000 elective)

3000-4000 PSYC Elective
3000-4000 PSYC Elective
3000-4000 PSYC Elective
3000-4000 PSYC Elective
3000-4000 PSYC Elective

D. Second Minor/General Elective Module (30-39 hours)

Total requirements must equal at least 120 credit hours to be eligible for graduation.