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Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of General Studies in Public Administration

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First-and Second-Year Preparation

KU Edwards Campus

The undergraduate program in public administration is offered in its entirety only at the KU Edwards Campus, 12600 Quivira Rd., Overland Park, KS 66213. This program is designed for students who have earned an associate’s degree or equivalent hours and wish to complete the upper-level courses necessary for a bachelor’s degree.

Public Administration Program

The major accommodates both traditional and nontraditional students. Public administration offers students the necessary knowledge and skills for planning, implementing, and evaluating public programs. Students will be able to work in such settings as local and state government, nonprofit organizations, and private sector businesses.

Students fulfill their first-year and sophomore hours through general education requirements. Students are encouraged, but not required to take POLS 110 as part of their general education hours. Students considering the major should contact the CLAS undergraduate adviser on the Edwards Campus, Dan Mueller,, 864-8659 (from Lawrence) or 913-897-8659 (outside of Lawrence) for advising on general education requirements leading up to the major.

Requirements for the B.A. or B.G.S. Major

Public Administration Required Courses

Majors must complete a course in each of the following areas:

  • Introduction to Public Administration. Satisfied by PUAD 330 or PUAD 331.
  • Quantitative Methods for Public Administration. Satisfied by PUAD 332.
  • Hard Choices in Public Administration. Satisfied by PUAD 333.

Public Administration Required Electives

Majors must complete 6 courses (18 hours) from the following:

  • PUAD 431 Bureaucracy, Public Administration, and the Private Sector (3)
  • PUAD 432 Conducting the People’s Business Ethically (3)
  • PUAD 433 Metropolitics and Macroproblems: The American City in Local and Global Context (3)
  • PUAD 435 Generating, Allocating, and Managing Public Resources (3)
  • PUAD 436 Managing People in Public Organizations (3)
  • PUAD 601 Crime and Punishment (3)
  • PUAD 602 Diversity in Public Administration (3)
  • PUAD 603 The Nonprofit Sector: Formation, Leadership, and Governance (3)
  • PUAD 639 Concepts of Civil Society (3)
  • PUAD 694 Topics in Public Administration: _____ (3)

Major Hours & Major GPA

While completing all required courses, majors must also meet each of the following hour and grade-point average minimum standards:

Major Hours
Satisfied by 27 hours of major courses.

Major Hours in Residence
Satisfied by a minimum of 15 hours of KU resident credit in the major. 

Major Junior/Senior Hours
Satisfied by a minimum of 27 hours from junior/senior courses (300+) in the major.

Major Junior/Senior Graduation GPA
Satisfied by a minimum of a 2.0 KU GPA in junior/senior courses (300+) in the major. GPA calculations include all junior/senior courses in the field of study including F’s and repeated courses. See the Semester/Cumulative GPA Calculator.

Graduation Plan

With careful planning and commitment to a full-time course load, you can graduate in 4 years. Download a sample 4-year plan for American studies.

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