Public Administration trains people to become managers in government and nonprofit organizations. It draws on literature from political science, psychology, economics, business and sociology to provide students with skills that will make them more effective public sector leaders. It is concerned with the role played by public employees in policy-making, planning, personnel management, taxation and finance, and in responding to the needs and problems of communities and the nation.
Learning Goals and Student Learning Outcomes
The following goals and learning outcomes have been established for students pursuing a degree in Public Administration:
Understand and use factual knowledge about the role and function of the public and nonprofit sectors of society, including understanding the role of the administrative function in political systems Acquire factual knowledge of the role of personnel administration, public budgeting and finance in the creation and implementation of public policy Understand the role of public administration professionals as participants in the creation and implementation of public policy Understand models of politics and governance as they relate to the role of administrative agencies and processes, particularly their role in democratic systems.
Be provided with the opportunity, through internships, to experience public administration directly.
Develop skills in acquiring, analyzing and assessing information in public and nonprofit settings.
Be able to think and write clearly, critically and intelligently about public administration.