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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, 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
ACT 2300 Managerial Accounting   3 credits
MGT 4710 Organizational Behavior   3 credits
PADM 2100 Principles of Management in Public Administration   3 credits
PADM 3000 Public Policy   3 credits
PADM 3200 Public Budgeting   3 credits
POLS 2100 State and Local Government   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 Office of Undergraduate Admissions.

ACT 2300     Managerial Accounting  (3 cr.)

Integrates the accounting process with the planning, coordinating, and control functions of the business organization. Topics include strategic planning, tactical and operational decision making, budgeting, responsibility accounting, and performance measurement. Prerequisites: MATH 1030 or higher

MGT 4710     Organizational Behavior  (3 cr.)

Organizational Behavior: Explores the interaction of individuals and the organization as a dynamic interplay that affects total organizational effectiveness. Topics include the role of effective communication in the organization, motivation, leadership and values. Prerequisite: MGT 2050.

PADM 2100     Prinicples of Management in Public Administration  (3 cr.)

This is an introductory course focusing on fundamental public management theories, concepts, principles, and practices. The course provides an overview of the field at the state and local levels setting the stage for the program's curriculum.  Topics are taken from a variety of subject areas from across the discipline. Students are challenged to explore and evaluate techniques for structuring and resolving managerial problems in public organizations. Prerequisite: COMP 1500, POLS 1010 and POLS 2100.

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.

POLS 2100     State and Local Government  (3 cr.)

This course is designed to provide a basic knowledge of how state and local governments operate, and how political decisions are made by these governments. The course will also address how federalism impacts these units of government. It will examine the political actors--legislators, governors, interest groups--that affect state and local politics, as well as specific local/state policy issues. Prerequisite: COMP 1500 or COMP 1500H.