The program in Public Administration offers a major and minor.
Public Administration is an interdisciplinary program designed to provide students with an understanding of the development and implementation of public policy in America. The program focuses on the theories, practices and roles of public bureaucracies at the national, state, and local levels. The major provides a foundation for graduate work and careers in public affairs, government service, law, and related fields.
The program is structured to cover five subject matter areas: (a) the political, social, and economic environment of public organizations; (b) policy analysis; (c) processes of management; (d) tools of analysis; and (e) individual, group, and organizational behavior. Public Administration majors also participate in the Political Science academic internship program, which allows a student to serve in a government office at least eight hours a week throughout a semester. The internship provides the student the opportunity to observe and participate in the operation of a government agency. Through the College’s affiliation with the Washington Center, highly qualified majors may spend a semester working in a government organization in the nation’s capital.
Ordinarily, an internship in a government office serves as the senior Capstone Experience; students unable to complete an internship must make other arrangements with the Program Director to complete the major.
Requirements & Course Descriptions
To review Public Administration program requirements and course offerings, please visit our College Catalog (Hill Book).