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Public Administration

Bachelor of Science, Minor, and Paralegal Studies Option

Public administration students study topics and cultivate skills that prepare them for employment in the public and non-profit sectors. Coursework focuses on public planning and decision-making, including public budgeting and human resource management. The Department of Philosophy and Government offers a Bachelor of Science and minor in Public Administration. The major can also be combined with KU's, American Bar Association (ABA) approved Paralegal Studies program, which is offered in collaboration with Lehigh Carbon Community College (LCCC).

In their studies, public administration students cultivate their analytical, writing, and technical skills, which prepares them for a broad range of careers including administrative positions in government, community organizations, electoral politics, or organizations working on behalf of specific policies. The majority of graduates often pursue careers in state, local, and federal government, campaign management, community service, and non-profit organizations. 

Public Administration major (42 Credits)

Public administration majors complete 42 credits of major coursework including a full-time, 12-credit internship. Most of the required courses focus on relevant, workplace skills including (click here for a link to the checksheet):

  • Empirical Political Analysis
  • Human Resource Management
  • Planning & Decision Making
  • Public Budgeting and Fiscal Management
  • Public Policy Making

As a small major at KU, public administration students work closely with faculty throughout their academic career. Students also benefit from the networking opportunities afforded by their small class sizes and the program's alumni network.

Paralegal studies option (39 major + 21 PLG credits)

Public administration majors can elect to complete an ABA approved paralegal studies program, which is taught in coordination with LCCC. The paralegal studies program requires the completion of 21 PLG credits in addition to the major credit requirement. Students that opt for this program often enter the paralegal profession or attend law school after graduation. The program boasts a ~90% career placement rate.

Public Administration Minor (18 credits)

Students opting for the public administration minor complete 18 credits of coursework. The minor requires students to complete the core course in American politics and introductory course in public administration. Twelve credits of electives complete the minor. 

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Public Administration (BS)
    1. Students will be able to demonstrate mastery over general knowledge of theory and practice of Public Administration.
    2. Students will be able to demonstrate the use of financial data for decision making.
    3. Students will demonstrate knowledge of other political systems around the world and their different institutions and political culture. This also includes an ability to describe international interactions among states and non-state actors.
    4. Students will be able to demonstrate the ability to effectively communicate complex ideas orally and in writing.
    5. Students will be able to demonstrate the ability to interact productively in the workforce.

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