Public Administration

The Public Administration concentration introduces undergraduate students to how administrators make policy and enforce programs to help build and strengthen communities and society.

Potential Career Fields: Administrative services manager, Administrative specialist, Budget analyst, Disaster response specialist, Nonprofit administrator, Program analyst, Public relations specialist, Public utilities specialist. Individuals who advance their education with a master’s degree in public administration work as: City Manager, Public Policy Analyst, Administrative Services Manager, Mayor, Budget Analyst, Urban Planner, Research Analyst, Public Admin Consultant, Public Affairs Consultant, Economic Development Director, Foreign Affairs Consultant 

Students who complete the concentration in Public Administration will complete 12 credit hours in addition to the Business Administration Core of 42 hours.

PA 201 Introduction to Public Administration – Provides an overview of the fundamental guiding principles of public administration (PA) and U.S. bureaucracy.  This comprehensive study introduces students to the roles, relationships, processes, problems, and control of government institutions.

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Define what public administration is and its role in current U.S. governance.
  2. Display an understanding of PA terminologies, theoretical developments, and practical applications.
  3. Identify managerial, political, and legal values inherent in bureaucracy.
  4. Display an understanding of how communications impact public administration.
  5. Integrate biblical principles into the field of public administration.

PA 211 Public Finance and Budgeting – This course requires students to examine the federal budgetary process as to methodology, taxation and expenditures, politics, and reform.  Addresses fiscal policy, revenue and debt, budget cycles, and analysis of budgets.

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Articulate basic economic concepts of public finance and budgeting with the rationale for government involvement in the economy.
  2. Explain the role of budgeting in the administration of government and non-profit organizations.
  3. Describe the fundamentals of the budget cycle in government and non-profit organizations at the federal, state, and local levels.
  4. Describe the major sources of revenue for governments and major expenditures, including the political impact of each.
  5. Evaluate a government or non-profit budget.
  6. Apply a biblical worldview to social welfare and financial management.
  7. Demonstrate practical budget skills, including conducting a break-even analysis, time value of money, calculating fixed and variable costs, adjusting for inflation, and developing budget scenarios.

PA 311 Government Regulation of Business –  This course examines the sources and impact of various forms of government intervention in the private business sector, including economic effects of regulation, the legal functions of various agencies, and rulemaking and regulatory powers and limitations of government administrative agencies. Provides an overview of the economic effects of various regulations on the economy as a whole, certain sectors of the economy, and individuals.   

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Apply a variety of social science concepts and analytical tools to the study of government regulation within the larger field of law and public policy. 
  2. Evaluate the connection between life, liberty, and property; as well as the effectiveness of the American constitutional system in protecting them.
  3. Examine the sources – legislative, judicial, and administrative – and historical development of the social serviced state, especially in the U.S.
  4. Assess the mission and socioeconomic impact of selected regulatory laws, rules, and agencies.
  5. Compare competing regulatory regimes as well as schools of thought about the rise and operation of the regulatory and administrative state.
  6. Integrate biblical truth in the study of government regulation within the larger field of law and public policy.

PA 321 Advanced Public Administration – This course explores the various theories and practices that have led to, and continue to dominate the profession and study of public administration. Student will apply and integrate broad concepts including the applications of economic, management and political theories, administrative law, and policy making, in the resolution of public sector management cases.

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Describe cross-boundary and networked relationships that characterize the practice of public administration.
  2. Apply theories that can inform leadership and management in organizations.
  3. Critically assess the policy implementation experience and provide input for future policy development.
  4. Explain institutional and legal environments of government.
  5. Distinguish between the different approaches to decision making, including the importance of ethics in satisfying the values of public administration and a biblical worldview.
  6. Interpret the composition and demographics of a changing society and workforce, including understanding issues in cultural awareness.