The bachelor degree program in public administration has been suspended due to budget cuts and is no longer accepting new students

B.A. in Public Administration

Studying public administration helps students become more effective participants in a democratic society, both as makers of public policy and as individuals affected by those policies. Students receive instruction in such subjects as personnel administration, budget preparation, public relations, and techniques of management appropriate to the administration of public policy.

Public administration graduates are prepared for careers in government at the city, county, state, national, and international levels, as well as employment in nonprofit organizations. Participation in the Public Administration Internship Program gives students practical experience and introduces useful contacts for securing employment.

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MAJOR REQUIREMENTS

Total units required for major: 36 (all courses are 3 units)

Required lower division core courses (6 units)

PLSI 1 - Modern Politics

PLSI 90 - Methods of Analysis

NOTE: These courses must be completed before, or concurrently with, enrollment in the first 6 units of upper division major courses.

Required upper division core courses (15 units)

PLSI 150 - Public Policy Making

PLSI 181 - Public Administration

PLSI 182 - Administrative Analysis: Management and Organization

PLSI 184 - Public Budgeting and Economic Policy

PLSI 185 - Public Personnel Management

Two of the following courses (6 units total):

PLSI 110 - History of Political Thought to Machiavelli

PLSI 111 - History of Political Thought Since Machiavelli

PLSI 114 - American Political Thought

PLSI 170 - Constitutional Law and Federal Structure

One of the following courses (3 units):

PLSI 160 - State and Local Government

PLSI 163 - Municipal Government

PLSI 169T - Seminar in Metropolitan Government and Politics

Finally, two of the following courses (6 units):

PLSI 183 - Comparative Administration

PLSI 187 - Internship in Public Administration

PLSI 188T - Topics in Public Administration

PLSI 189T - Seminar in Public Administration

PLSI 190 - Independent Study

PLSI 191 - Directed Readings

Remaining 18 units (6 courses) must be selected from the political science upper division (level 100 or higher) courses offered in the catalogue (not including PLSI 101, PLSI 102, or PLSI 187).

NOTE: Credit / No Credit grading is not permitted in the public administration major. Also, no course used to satisfy a General Education requirement may be used to satisfy a political science major requirement.

For majors in need of processing all of this information, or simply tracking your progress through the major, check out the four-year degree road map.

MINOR REQUIREMENTS

Total units required for minor: 21

All students desiring a minor in public administration must take these three courses (9 units total):

PLSI 1 - Modern Politics

PLSI 181 - Public Administration

PLSI 182 - Administrative Analysis: Management and Organization

One course from the following upper division courses (3 units):

PLSI 110 - History of Political Thought to Machiavelli

PLSI 111 - History of Political Thought Since Machiavelli

PLSI 114 - American Political Thought

PLSI 150 - Public Policy Making

PLSI 151 - Political Participation and Political Parties

PLSI 170 - Constitutional Law and the Federal Structure

Two of the following upper division courses (6 units):

PLSI 183 - Comparative Administration

PLSI 184 - Public Budgeting and Economic Policy

PLSI 185 - Public Personnel Management

PLSI 189T - Seminar in Public Administration

Finally, students desiring a minor in public administration must take one 3 unit course in anthropology, economics, english, geography, history, philosophy, psychology, or sociology.