2017-2018 Undergraduate Bulletin

Public Administration, Bachelor of Science

The major in Public Administration examines decision making, leadership and management in public agencies and nonprofit organizations. It introduces students to the field of public administration, including its scope, content, literature and relationship to other disciplines. This is accomplished through a curriculum that focuses on developing core competencies for new and mid–career public administration students.

Learning outcomes. Students will:

  • Identify the core mechanisms of public administration including the organization and management of human and financial resources. 
  • Discuss the political, economic, legal and social environments of public policy and administration.
  • Explain the unique challenges and opportunities of providing public goods and services in a diverse society. The includes the understanding of public administration and policy in an international and comparative context. 
  • Define and diagnose decision situations, collect and analyze data, develop and implement effective courses of action, and evaluate results
  • Organize and communicate information clearly to a variety of audiences by means of oral presentation, written documents and reports, and quantitative graphs, charts and tables.
  • Pre-service and in-service students synthesize and apply decision-making, leadership and management skills in public agencies or non-profit organizations. 

Credits Required.

Public Administration Major 39-45
General Education 42
Electives 33-39
Total Credits Required for B.S. Degree 120

Coordinator. Professor Yi Lu, Department of Public Management (646.557.4437, ylu@jjay.cuny.edu)

Advisor. Ms. Yvonne Purdie, Department of Public Management (212.237.8554, ypurdie@jjay.cuny.edu)

Advising resources. Sample Four-year Plan of Study

Baccalaureate/Master’s Program in Public Administration. Qualified undergraduate students may enter the Baccalaureate/Master’s Program and thereby graduate with both a bachelor’s (BS) and a master’s degree (MPA) in public administration. For information, please contact Ms. Yvonne Purdie, Advisor, Department of Public Management (212.237.8554, ypurdie@jjay.cuny.edu).

Additional information. Students who enroll for the first time at the College or changed to this major in September 2017 or thereafter must complete the major in the form presented here. Students who enrolled prior to that date may choose either the form shown here or the earlier version of the major. A copy of the earlier version may be obtained in the 2016-17 Undergraduate Bulletin.

Foundational Courses

May be required depending on math placement
MAT 108Social Science Math

3

or

MAT 141Pre-Calculus

3

Advisors recommendation – MAT 108 or MAT 141 may satisfy the Gen Ed Required Core in the Math and Quantitative Reasoning area.

Students who have placed into or taken higher level math should see the Major Coordinator.

Part One. Core Courses

Required
PAD 101Introduction to Public Administration

3

PAD 260International Public Administration

3

PAD 314Leadership, Supervision and Performance

3

PAD 318Decisions in Crises

3

PAD 340Planning and Policy Analysis

3

PAD 343Administration of Financial Resources

3

PAD 346Human Resource Administration

3

PAD 440Capstone Seminar in Public Administration

3

Total Credit Hours: 24

Part Two. Methods and Skills

Required
PAD 121Information in Public Administration

3

ENG 235Writing for Management, Business and Public Administration

3

PAD 2XXMeasuring Public Policy and Administration

3

or

STA 250Principles and Methods of Statistics

3

Total Credit Hours: 9

Part Three. Internship or Practicum

Select one
PAD 402Seminar and Internship in Public Administration

6

PAD 404Practicum in Public Administration

3

Total Credit Hours: 3-6

Part Four. Elective Categories

Students are required to complete 3-6 credits in a category depending on their choice of internship (PAD 402) or practicum (PAD 404) in Part Three.

PAD 380 Selected Topics in Public Administration and/or PAD 385 Faculty-Mentored Research in Public Administration can be used in a concentration if the topic is appropriate.

Category A. Human Resources Administration

This concentration prepares students to assume supervisory and administrative responsibilities involving personnel management.

ECO 280Economics of Labor

3

PAD 366Workplace Investigations: Tools, Techniques and Issues

3

Category B. Managerial Investigation and Oversight

This concentration prepares students for professional careers associated with oversight of and by regulatory agencies, nonprofit organizations, oversight boards, municipal councils and state legislatures.

ACC 250Introduction to Accounting

3

PAD 331Fraud, Waste, Abuse and Corruption in Public Organizations

3

PAD 366Workplace Investigations: Tools, Techniques and Issues

3

PSC 107Introduction to Criminal Investigations

3

Category C. International Public Administration

This concentration prepares students for managerial and supervisory roles in an international environment.

ECO 245International Economics

3

PAD 358Comparative Public Administration

3

PAD 362Administration of International Intergovernmental Organizations

3

POL 250International Law and Justice

3

Category D. Public Policy and Planning

This concentration prepares students for responsibilities involving policy analysis and planning in governmental and nonprofit organizations.

ECO 265Introduction to Public Sector Economics

3

ECO 333Sustainability: Preserving the Earth as Human Habitat

3

PAD 355Public Policy Analysis

3

PAD 348Justice Planning and Policy Analysis

3

PAD 400Quantitative Problems in Public Administration

3

POL 278/SOC 278Political Sociology

3

Category E. Special Concentration

In consultation with a faculty member of the Department of Public Management, the student may formulate a concentration tailored to a discipline or field related to public administration. The concentration must include three courses, two of which must be in a single discipline.

Total Credit Hours: 3-6

Total Credit Hours: 39-45