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B.S./B.A. in Public Administration: Curriculum

Curriculum Details

180 total credits required

Our online Bachelor’s in Public Administration is a four-year program where you will work closely with public agencies, policies and their impact on people. The lower-division core courses give a background in macroeconomics, U.S. national government, public administration and research methods in the social sciences.

The upper-division courses will keep building on public policy, state and local government while introducing you to administrative law. Then, you choose focused electives which include budgets, city planning, personnel management, organizational behavior and constitutional law. Earn your B.A. with a foreign language requirement or your B.S. with just 12 more science credits. The focused coursework allows you to tailor your learning towards your career.

Transfer Information

EOU offers a generous transfer policy for course credits to make it even more affordable and accessible to learn. The online Bachelor’s in Public Administration program accepts up to 135 credits for transfer to EOU.

Required Courses

Software and hardware instruction on various topics including Microsoft Word, Excel and Access.
An analysis of the operation of a mixed economy from an aggregate perspective. Issues such as inflation, unemployment, international trade, government finance, economic growth, and the neoclassical economic theory. Prerequisite: MATH 095 or MATH 098. Student must have at least sophomore standing to register for this course.
An overview of the historical foundations of our democratic system of government, appraisal of key political institutions and actors, with the intent of promoting informed and active citizenry by students.
A comprehensive introduction to the study and practice of Public Administration in the United States and its political, economic and legal environment, along with an overview of analytical techniques and evaluative methods used by public administrators.
An introduction to the basic concepts and techniques used ion social science research, including social scientific inquiry and research design, quantitative data gathering and analysis, and qualitative data gathering and analysis. Prerequisites: Math 095.
This course evaluates the structural factors, actors, political economy and primary policy challenges confronting state and local government in the United States. Prerequisite: Any lower division Political Science course. Student must have at least sophomore standing to register for this course. EOY Even.
An evaluation of the American political system by following individual programs through their origins, design and formation, and implementation. Prerequisites: None. Recommended: Basic knowledge of American government. Student must have at least sophomore standing to register for this course.
An examination of the constitutional basis for administrative regulation, and the legal relationship between administrative agencies and private individuals. The course evaluates the process of administrative agency rulemaking, enforcement and adjunction functions, statutory constraints on agency procedure and judicial oversight of agency action.
(Practicum) Designed to offer the student an opportunity to explore career areas and to extend the educational experience beyond the classroom. Student must have at least junior standing to register for this course.
An evaluation of the crucial components and analytical approaches to public policy analysis, designed to help students develop the skills required to define and critically analyze policy problems, articulate relevant decision making criteria for policy analysis, and evaluate alternative policy options.

Choose TWO courses from the following:

This course provides a general understanding of budget preparation, adoption and execution; proposed reforms of the budget process; revenue strategies; and competing theories of the politics of budgeting. The course will be structured around a series of case studies and practical exercise. Prerequisites: Students must have at least sophomore standing to register for the course.
The class aims to give students a feel; for the hands-on work of community and regional planning, while providing conceptual understanding of the historical, political, legal social and environmental contexts that surround and affect the field, via case studies of a series of pressing planning issues – land use, economic development, sustainability.
An examination of the organization and operation of personnel systems and the role of leadership in the public and non-profit sectors. Course explores the motivational and personnel programs required by the organization, along with the leadership strategies for effective human resource management. Prerequisites: Must have at least sophomore standing to register.

Choose ONE course from the following:

Study of behavior in organizations at the individual, small group, intergroup and organizational levels. Students participate in projects applying behavioral science principles, such as theories of motivation, leadership and conflict resolution, to organizations and the process of change. Prerequisite: BA 321. Student must have at least junior standing to register for this course.

A survey of the principles of Constitutional Law, focusing on Federalism, Interstate Commerce and Separation of Powers Evaluation of case management tools (standing, judicial review, political question) employed by the Supreme Court, along with an assessment of the judicial politics underlying constitutional development. Student must have at least sophomore standing to register for this course. EOY Odd.
A survey of the principles of Constitutional Law, focusing on Federalism, Interstate Commerce and Separation of Powers Evaluation of case management tools (standing, judicial review, political question) employed by the Supreme Court, along with an assessment of the judicial politics underlying constitutional development. Student must have at least sophomore standing to register for this course. EOY Odd.
A survey of the principles of Constitutional Law, focusing on Federalism, Interstate Commerce and Separation of Powers Evaluation of case management tools (standing, judicial review, political question) employed by the Supreme Court, along with an assessment of the judicial politics underlying constitutional development. Student must have at least sophomore standing to register for this course. EOY Odd.

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