Public Administration Major
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. 39
Coordinator. Professor Yi Lu, Department of Public Management (646.557.4437, email@example.com)
Advisor. Ms. Yvonne Purdie, Department of Public Management (212.237.8554, firstname.lastname@example.org)
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 and a master’s degree in public administration. For additional information, please contact Professor Jennifer Dysart, Department of Psychology (212.484.1160, email@example.com).
Additional information. Students who enroll for the first time at the College or changed to this major in September 2015 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 2014-15 Undergraduate Bulletin.
PAD 140 Introduction to Public Administration
PAD 260 International Public Administration
PAD 314 Leadership, Supervision and Performance
PAD 318 Decisions in Crises
PAD 340 Planning and Policy Analysis
PAD 343 Administration of Financial Resources
PAD 346 Human Resource Administration
PAD 440 Problems in Public Administration
Methods and Skills
PAD 241 Information in Public Management
Students are required to complete 9 credits for a concentration. If offered, students MUST complete one course with the PAD prefix within their chosen concentration, plus two related courses or a single, 6–credit internship course.
PAD 380 Selected Topics 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.
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 250 Introduction to Accounting
PAD 331 Fraud, Waste, Abuse and Corruption in Public Organizations
PAD 366 Workplace Investigations: Tools, Techniques and Issues
PSC 107 Introduction to Criminal Investigations
Category C. International Public Administration
This concentration prepares students for managerial and supervisory roles in an international environment.
Catergory D. Public Policy and Planning
This concentration prepares students for responsibilities involving policy analysis and planning in governmental and nonprofit organizations.
ECO 265 Introduction to Public Sector Economics
ECO 333 Sustainability: Preserving the Earth as Human Habitat
PAD 348 Justice Planning and Policy Analysis
PAD 355 Public Policy Analysis
PAD 400 Quantitative Problems in Public Administration
POL 278/SOC 278 Political Sociology
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: 39
Last Updated: 2/23/17