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B.S. in Public Administration

Getting things done is easy to say, but the process of governance is exceedingly complex. You'll be ahead of the game in public administration with an entrepreneurship-oriented perspective from the H. Wayne Huizenga College of Business and Entrepreneurship. This interdisciplinary major emphasizes public service and ethics across a range of subjects, from economics to labor relations.

What you'll study
Running the engine of government and related organizations requires the fuel of human ingenuity. For the Bachelor of Science in Public Administration, core courses develop your ingenuity and prepare you to explore complex issues relate to diversity, budgeting, and public management. The capstone project includes a real-world internship and an intensive seminar in public administration.

How you'll learn more
Upon acceptance to the program, you will work with a full-time faculty mentor to develop skills for success beyond the classroom. Within the classroom, you will be exposed to a curriculum that emphasizes experiential and applied learning. To further enrich your understanding, you will also have the opportunity to participate in both domestic and international immersive learning experiences. Finally, those select students who demonstrate academic excellence and management potential, as well as the capacity to comprehend and contribute to the MPA curriculum, may apply for dual admission to the MPA degree program.

Where it can take you
Because the major in Public Administration offers a practical approach, your skills will be in demand after graduation. You could also continue to graduate school, or try your hand in federal, state, or local government. Do you want to start or join a nonprofit or other small business? A public administration degree brings many options for you to consider.

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Tuition and Fees

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  • Daytime: Traditional full-time day classes are offered at our main campus in Fort Lauderdale, FL.
  • Terms: 8 and 16 week terms are available.

This curriculum is for new B.S. in Public Administration students starting in the fall of 2014. If you began the B.S. in Public Administration program prior to the fall of 2014 please contact the Office of Academic Advising and set up an appointment with your advisor.

Total credits: 120

General Education Requirements (30 Credits)

Core Courses (48 credits)
ACT 2300 Managerial Accounting   3 credits
ECN 2025 Principles of Macroeconomics   3 credits
HS 3315 Human Services and Cultural Diversity   3 credits
MGT 4170 Organizational Behavior   3 credits
PADM 2100 Management Principles in Public Administration   3 credits
PADM 3000 Public Policy   3 credits
PADM 3100 Financial Accounting in the Public Sector   3 credits
PADM 3200 Public Budgeting   3 credits
PADM 3300 Public Sector Human Resource Management   3 credits
PADM 4100 Data Driven Decision-Making   3 credits
PADM 4200 Planning, Zoning, and Development   3 credits
PADM 4500 Administrative Ethics in the Public Sector   3 credits
PADM 4880 Senior Seminar   3 credits
PADM 4950A Internship in Public Administration   3 credits
TECH 1110 Technology in the Information Age   3 credits
TECH 2130 Business Applications of Microcomputers   3 credits

Major Electives (15 credits)
Students, with the assistance of their mentors, will select 15 credits from a wide selection of campus-wide course offerings as major electives. These electives should be selected to enrich each student's understanding of a field or area of study directly related to the management of state and local government organizations.

Select any 15 credits from the following courses:

Additional Internship Experience
PADM 4950B Internship in Public Administration B 3 credits
Health Care
BHS 3100 Current Issues in Health Care 3 credits
BHS 3120 Introduction to Epidemiology 3 credits
BHS 3150 Principles of Leadership 3 credits
BHS 3151 Health Services Management 3 credits
BHS 3160 Health Policy 3 credits
BHS 4000 Cultural Competency in Health Care 3 credits
ENVS 3101 Introduction to Public Health 3 credits
Non-Profits
HS 1200 Introduction to Human Services Administration 3 credits
HS 3120 Grant Writing and Management 3 credits
HS 3130 Nonprofit Leadership 3 credits
HS 3140 Fundraising and Philanthropy 3 credits
HS 4250 Program Planning and Evaluation 3 credits
Human Resource Management
HRM 3100 Managing Conflict and Change 3 credits
HRM 4200 Organizational Development and Change 3 credits
PADM 2200 Leadership of Public Organizations 3 credits
PADM 4400 Public Sector Labor Relations 3 credits
PSYC 3070 Stress Management 3 credits
PSYC 3480 Industrial/Organizational Psychology 3 credits
Sustainability
BSMP 3130 Environmental Economics 3 credits
BHS 3145 Principles of Environmental Health 3 credits
BSMP 3260 Resolving Environmental and Public Disputes 3 credits
ENVS 3100 Environmental Issues 3 credits
ENVS 4300 Industrial Ecology 3 credits
LGST 3350 Environmental Law and Policy 3 credits
SOCL 3600 Environmental Sociology 3 credits
Costal Management
BSMP 3210 International Integrated Coastal Zone Management 3 credits
BSMP 3220 Marine Biosecurity 3 credits
BSMP 3230 Maritime and Port Security 3 credits
BSMP 3240 Ocean and Coastal Law 3 credits
BSMP 3350 Marine Ecotourism 3 credits
BSMP 3360 Marine Protected Areas 3 credits
Geographical Information Systems
GEOG 2075 Geographical Information Systems 3 credits
GEOG 3050 Applied Geographic Information Systems 3 credits
GEOG 3075 Geospatial Field Methods 3 credits
GEOG 4050 Space-Borne and Aerial Image Processing 3 credits
PubliC Relations
COMM 3200 Principles of Public Relations 3 credits
MGT 3020 Business Communications 3 credits
PSYC 2330 Interpersonal Communications 3 credits
SPCH 3120 Speech Communication for the Professions 3 credits
WRIT 2100 Introduction to Professional Writing 3 credits
WRIT 2200 Civic and Community Writing 3 credits
WRIT 3150 Business Writing 3 credits

Open Electives (27 credits)

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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 B.S. in Public Administration curriculum with you in greater detail. Simply call 800.338.4723 or contact our Office of Undergraduate Admissions.

Public Administration Major Courses

The four-year plan of study, provided here, is intended to assist students in planning their schedule for their four years at NSU. This document presents an overall idea of the order in which courses might be taken in a four-year plan during a student's college career and are intended for use with academic advising services.

Plan of Study

Minors and concentrations are intended to allow you to pursue an area of study in greater depth. All students are encouraged to complete one or more minors to prepare them for careers or graduate studies. Your mastery of the subject matter will provide you the competitive advantage you need in your career or graduate study.