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Department of Public Administration

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Why study public administration?

Because we educate students in the application of the arts and science of administration to good government.

The public administration major gives students the knowledge necessary to understand how government programs are initiated and carried out. It enables graduates to look at government from the eyes of citizens familiar with both the political and administrative workings of public institutions. It emphasizes leadership, exploration of diverse problems in a diverse world, how public policy is made and implemented, and how programs are created and services are delivered.

The program helps liberal arts majors to place the administrative workings of government in a larger picture of political values and community-building. As students learn to think critically and analytically about public policy and program implementation, they better understand the dynamics in their own communities and how to be more effective citizens and public officials.

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