Public Administration Emphasis

A Bachelor’s degree with an emphasis in Public Administration is designed to show you how public organizations differ from private or corporate organizations. This overview of key aspects of public sector practices and processes found in government and nonprofit organizations will complement both business and social science majors.

Undergraduate Public Administration Emphasis Courses

PPA 307 Intergovernmental Relations & Issues

3 Credits

The theory and practice of intergovernmental relations and the various issues that accompany the daily operations and affect the overall efficiency of our system. This course will address both the legal and political perspectives of the interactions, relationships and public policy considerations throughout the various components and levels of government. 

PPA 310 Public Organizational Theory & Behavior

3 Credits

PPA 310 Public Organizational Theory and Behavior presents the theories of how people behave in organizations with the emphasis on public sector and non-profit organizations. This course addresses Organization Behavior, Organization Theory, and Public Management with emphasis on public accountability while providing a perspective for managing public and nonprofit sector organizations. The focus is on the primary foundational aspects of organizational structure, communication, and accountability directly to the citizen. Students will also apply theory to practice and understand how to respond to the public mood of cutback and reduction in addition to an overall distrust of government.

PPA 401 Urban Management

3 Credits

This course is an introduction to formal and informal elements of urban management systems addressing the exploration of alternative approaches to dealing with problems arising from rapid urban growth. 

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