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Bachelor of Arts
Public Policy and Administration: Public Administration
In the public policy and administration degree, students prepare to influence democracy at the local, state, national, and international levels. Not only will students learn and understand the policy-making process, bureaucracy, and budgeting, but they will also learn to plan, evaluate, and implement public programs through the chosen emphasis.
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Students will understand policy-making processes, bureaucracy, budgeting, ethical decision-making, and communication to become leaders in their field. This major can lead to careers in civil services, education administration, executive positions, foreign service offices, etc.

The Public Administration emphasis prepares students to plan, evaluate, and implement public programs. This includes studying public management techniques such as; budgeting, leadership, ethical decision-making, policy evaluation, cost-benefit analysis, collaborative governance, effective organizational communications, etc.

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Highlighted Career Paths

Graduates with a degree in Public Administration have a wide array of rewarding careers before them. Check out some of the top careers students get with this degree or explore more career options in I-Plan.
City Manager
A city manager oversees budgeting, staff, city planning, and communication with residents. They ensure things run smoothly and procedures and programs are run correctly.
Political Advisor
Political advisors manage politicians’ campaigns and are essential in helping them get elected. They perform research, advise their client, and use mass media to assist them in the election process.
Emergency Manager
Emergency managers create projects and procedures for emergency responses such as natural disasters. When the project is used in an emergency, an emergency manager will lead the response in coordinating with public safety officials, elected officials, nonprofit organizations, and more.

Getting Started in this degree

If you are interested in Public Administration, start with one of the following major-specific courses

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