Public Administration- Bachelor of Arts

For information, contact the Department of Political Science, 218 Harrison Hall (513-529-2000).

The Public Administration major is designed for undergraduates interested in studying and understanding the issues of governance and management in government and not-for-profit organizations, and more specifically about the link between politics and public policy implementation. It is appropriate for those interested in public service careers in the federal government, state government, and/or local government including: city and county management, public finance administration, public personnel administration, public policy analysis and program evaluation. This major also prepares students for continued education in professional and graduate schools of public administration, public policy analysis, and related fields. It also serves as a pre-law course of study.

At least half of the required semester hours in the Public Administration Core and half of the required semester hours in the Related Hours must be from Miami. Required hours in the Core and Related Hours may not be taken credit/no-credit. A GPA of at least 2.00 is required in the Core as well as in the Related Hours courses.

Program Requirements

Public Administration Core (At least 40 semester hours)

Public Administration Core (take all 17 hours):

POL 241 American Political System (4)

POL 261 Public Administration (4) *

POL 306 Applied Research Methods for Public Administration (3)

ECO 201 Principles of Microeconomics (3)

ECO 202 Principles of Macroeconomics (3)

* POL 261 is prerequisite for 300/400-level courses in Public Administration.

Core electives (at least 18 hours):

Choose at least 12 hours from this list:

POL 307 Public Opinion Laboratory (2)

POL 351 Criminal Justice (4)

POL 362 Public Management, Leadership, and Administrative Politics (3)

POL 363 Administrative Law (3)

POL 364 Federalism and Intergovernmental Relations (3)

POL 460 Seminar on Public Administration and Policy Analysis (4)

POL 467 Public Budgeting (3)

POL 468 Public Personnel Administration (3)

Not more than 6 hours from the following professional related courses can be counted**

ACC 468 Accounting for Governmental and Not-for-Profit Organizations (3)

AMS 302 Transnational America (3)

COM 339 Introduction to Organizational Communication (3)

ECO 331 Public Sector Economics (3)

ECO 406 Environmental Economics (3)

ECO 435 Urban and Regional Economics (3)

ENG 313 Technical Writing (3)

GEO 451 Urban and Regional Planning (3)

GTY 365 Social Policy and Programs in Gerontology (3)

HST 379 U.S. Consumerism, 1890-Present (3)

IES 431 Principles and Applications of Environmental Science (3)

IES 450 Environmental Law (3)

JRN 412 Public Affairs Reporting (3)

SOC 454 Formal Organization (3)

** Courses appropriate to the major, but not listed as core electives, may in some cases be counted toward the major with the written approval of the student’s public administration adviser.

Senior Capstone Seminars (5 hours):

Seniors must take the two capstone courses (concurrently):

POL 406 Public Policy Analysis Lab (2) ***

POL 466 Public Policy Analysis (3) ***

*** Requires Senior standing, completion of the core requirements and 15 hours from above.


Public administration internships (POL 340) for majors are coordinated through the Center for Public Management and Regional Affairs, 2 Harrison Hall. Internships provide an added dimension to your educational experience. Internship credits do not fulfill any requirements for the Public Administration major. For information, consult the director of the center.

CAS Writing Competency Requirement:

Students seeking the Bachelor of Arts in Public Administration meet the College of Arts and Science writing in the major requirement by completing the following courses: (1) Take either POL 241 or 261 in a "Writing" or "W" section; (2) Take at least one of the required POL 300-level courses in a "W" section; (3) and complete the required Capstone course (which meets the Writing requirement).

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