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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 on the KU Edwards Campus, 12600 Quivira Rd., Overland Park, KS 66213. The program is designed for students who have earned an associate’s degree or equivalent hours and wish to complete the final 2 years necessary for a bachelor’s degree. 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, dmueller@ku.edu, 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

Students must complete 9 credit hours of required course work and 18 credit hours of elective course work (27 total credit hours).

Required Courses 9 hours
  • PUAD 330/PUAD 331 Introduction to Public Administration (3)
  • PUAD 332 Quantitative Methods for Public Administration (3)
  • PUAD 333 Hard Choices in Public Administration: _____ (3)
Elective Courses 18 hours minimum
  • 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 641 Public Service Leadership (3)
  • PUAD 660 Organizations and Management I (3)
  • PUAD 661 Organizations and Management II (3)
  • PUAD 691 Internship in Public Service (1-6)
  • PUAD 692 Research Experience in Public Administration (3)
  • PUAD 693 Directed Readings (1-3)
  • PUAD 694 Topics in Public Administration: _____ (3)

For further advising, contact the department undergraduate coordinator, Marilu Goodyear, 785-864-3527.

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