2020-2021 Undergraduate Bulletin

Public Administration Minor

Description and rationale. The minor in Public Administration examines decision–making, leadership and management in public agencies and non–profit organizations. It introduces students to the field of Public Administration, including its scope, content, literature and relationship to other disciplines. The supervision, planning and budgeting skills students acquire in the Public Administration minor will prove valuable as they advance towards a leadership role in any organization that helps carry out the business of government.

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.

Coordinator. Professor Elizabeth Nisbet, Department of Public Management (646.557.4523, enisbet@jjay.cuny.edu)

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

Requirements. To receive the minor, students must complete 18 credits (six courses) from the following public administration courses. Public administration graduate courses taken by academically-eligible seniors can also be applied to the minor. A maximum of two courses can overlap with a student’s major, other minor or program.

Note: The minor in Public Administration is not available to students who are majoring in Public Administration.

Part One. Required Courses

PAD 101Introduction to Public Administration


PAD 121Information in Public Administration



Total Credit Hours: 6

Part Two. Electives

Select four
PAD 260International Public Administration


PAD 314Leadership, Supervision and Performance


PAD 318Decisions in Crises


PAD 340Planning and Policy Analysis


PAD 343Administration of Financial Resources


PAD 346Human Resource Administration


PAD 362Administration of International Intergovernmental Organizations


PAD 366Workplace Investigations: Tools, Techniques and Issues


PAD 380Selected Topics in Public Administration


PAD 400Quantitative Problems in Public Administration


PAD 402Seminar and Internship in Public Administration


PAD 402: Students completing PAD 402 (6 credits) only need to take three courses.

Total Credit Hours: 12

Total Credit Hours: 18