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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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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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)
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.
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.
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.