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Public Administration Degree Program

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Major Area Course Descriptions

PUAD 295 - AMERICAN GOVERNMENT IN ACTION

The course examines the American system of government and how government affects and interacts with individuals and organizations in society. Students learn how politics, law, and the structure and principles of American government impact citizens, public policy, and the administration of public and private organizations. Students apply fundamental political theories and administration law principles in personal and professional contexts.

PUAD 305 - INTRODUCTION TO PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION

Students are introduced to the field and profession of public administration. Students learn to think and act as ethical public administration professionals by developing a broad understanding of the political and organizational environment in which public administrators work and by applying fundamental analytical, decision- making, and communication skills. The professional knowledge and skills explored in the course provide a foundation for subsequent public administration courses.

PUAD 350 - ANALYSIS FOR PERFORMANCE IMPROVEMENT

Students learn core concepts and techniques for analyzing and improving the programs, operations, and performance of government and nonprofit organizations. Students also examine the risks and benefits of undertaking performance improvement efforts within mission-driven organizations operating in political environments.

PUAD 420 - PUBLIC & NONPROFIT FISCAL ADMINISTATION

Students learn fundamental budgeting, accounting, and financial management concepts and techniques necessary for planning, analysis, and decision making in government and nonprofit organizations. Students also examine the competing values and politics that underlie and impact the budget process and financial decisions. Finally, students apply skills for effectively communicating financial analysis methods and conclusions with colleagues, elected officials, the media, and the public.

PUAD 450 - LEADERSHIP FOR PUBLIC AND NONPROFIT ORGANIZATIONS

Students learn fundamental leadership concepts and skills for managing the day-to-day administration of government and nonprofit organizations. The course emphasizes action-orientated leadership and problem solving for common political and organizational challenges faced by government and nonprofit leaders and managers.

PUAD 495 - PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION CAPSTONE

The capstone course is a practicum in which students analyze an important administrative problem relevant for a government or nonprofit organization. Students create an administrative action plan for addressing their chosen administrative problem by integrating concepts and skills learned in the public administration program and the student's specialization area.

The above list of courses only represents a portion of the courses required for a bachelor's degree. View the bachelor's degree full curriculum.

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