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Suri Weisfeld-Spolter, Ph.D.
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Minor in Public Administration

The public administration minor is designed to provide students with an overview of employment in government, public service, and nonprofit organizations. The public administration minor introduces students to core concepts in the field and provides students with the opportunity to develop specialized knowledge in the areas of organizational behavior, management, budgeting, human resource management, and public policy. This minor is appropriate for students planning careers in public service and nonprofit organizations and for those already employed in these sectors. The public administration minor also provides a foundation for continued studies in public administration, law, and human service disciplines. This minor may be combined with any other major or minor except the public administration major. A minimum of 9 credits must be exclusive to the minor and cannot be counted toward any other majors/minors/certificate programs.

Required Courses
PADM 1000 Introduction to Public Administration  3 credits
PADM 2000 Organizational Behavior  3 credits
PADM 2500 Administrative Ethics  3 credits
PADM 2600 Public Administration Theory  3 credits
PADM 3000 Public Policy  3 credits
PADM 3200 Public Budgeting  3 credits

Current students: Please consult your Academic Advisor for program requirements or access SharkLink for your CAPP report. Program requirements are subject to change, and your Academic Advisor or CAPP report can provide you with the courses required for your catalog term.

Full-time professionals are available to discuss the minor in public administration curriculum with you in greater detail. Simply call 800.672.7223 Ext. 25168 or contact our Enrollment Services Staff.

PADM 1000     Introduction to Public Administration  (3 cr.)

Public Administration is a multi-disciplinary discipline that provides students with the basic skills necessary for employment in government, public service, and non-profit organizations. This course is a survey of the field of public administration, and will introduce the student to the history, theories, concepts, and practice of public administration. This course will provide an overview of the major sub-fields in public administration and will serve as a basis for further study in the field.

PADM 2000     Organizational Behavior  (3 cr.)

Organizational behavior is the scientific study of the behavioral processes that occur in human groups and formal organizations. The field of organizational behavior borrows many concepts, theories, and methods from disciplines, such as psychology, sociology, political science, and management. This course introduces students to the core concepts and theories of organizational behavior including group dynamics, authority and power, organizational culture, motivation, job stress, 'problem employees', leadership, and decision making. Prerequisite: PADM 1000.

PADM 2500     Administrative Ethics  (3 cr.)

This course will provide students with an understanding of the core assumptions of the major ethical theories. Armed with this knowledge, students will evaluate ethical dilemmas in the public service, and analyze the role social and political forces play in shaping these dilemmas. Prerequisite: PADM 1000.

PADM 2600     Public Administration Theory  (3 cr.)

This course exposes students to the historical foundations and philosophical assumptions of Public Administration theory. Course readings include the "classic" works of the discipline's pioneers supplemented with works of contemporary public administration scholars. Upon completion of this course the student will understand the social and political influences that have shaped the field's development, and be challenged to evaluate the relevance of public administration thought for the practice of governance. Prerequisite: PADM 1000.

PADM 3000     Public Policy  (3 cr.)

This course focuses on the public policy process in the United States and how potential ideas for government action are translated from concepts into reality. In addition to providing a basic overview of the processes of policy formulation and implementation, this course introduces some of the major stakeholders and actors, both formal and informal, in the world of policymaking. This course examines the policy process at the national level as well as policy-making by state and municipal governments, and explores the political contexts in which policies are made, administered, analyzed, and challenged. Prerequisite: PADM 1000

PADM 3200     Public Budgeting  (3 cr.)

Public budgeting is the study of how scarce public resources are allocated among competing interests in a political environment. Though resource allocation decisions are essentially economic, fiscal policy decisions are made through public institutions and political processes. This course introduces students to the policies, procedures, and skills relevant to financial management in public sector organizations. The emphasis is on the practice of budgeting, financial reporting, revenue generation, capital budgeting, and debt management. The purpose of the course is to provide the knowledge and skills that all public administration students need as preparation for careers in public policy and management, and to provide a solid foundation for those who wish to study more advanced topics in government policy and finance. Prerequisite: PADM 1000