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Public Policy and Administration major  (71 credits)  

                                                                                    Four-year plan – Public Policy & Administration Major

Professors: Edwin Dover, Mark Henkels

Mission

Prepares students for employment in government, non-profit organizations, and in businesses connected to the public sector. Faculty teaching, service and research promote efficient, effective, and just public service and policies.

Learning outcomes

1. Analyze issues in public administration and policy.

2. Analyze the administrative context, politics and practical implications of public choices.

3. Demonstrate skills in research, administration, public outreach, advocacy and leadership.

Core classes                                                                                                       
COM 324 Business and Professional Communication (3)
CS 121 Computer Applications (2)
EC 201 Introduction to Microeconomics (4)
EC 202 Introduction to Macroeconomics (4)
PS 201 American National Government (3)
PS 202 State and Local Government (3)
PS 350 Introduction to Public Policy (3)
PS 351 Introduction to Public Administration (3)
PS 375 Scope and Methods of Political Science (3)
PS 454 Public Personnel Administration (3)
PS 466 Governmental Budgeting (3)
PS 480 Administrative Law (3)
WR 321 Business Writing (4)

Choose one: (3)
BA 361 Organizational Behavior
BA 390 Management

For the B.S. in Public Policy and Administration, students may take any combination of math/computer science/quantitative literacy courses as long as it included at least one math course beyond MTH 105. Please note that CS 121 is required for the major and may be used to satisfy the B.S. requirement.

Areas of concentration

Choose a minimum of 27 hours from one of the following areas of concentration:

 

  • State and Federal Govt
  • Management
  • Human Resources
  • City and County Govt
  • Health Policy and Admin
  • Corrections/law enforcement
COM 326 Communication and Controversy: Freedom of Speech in United States (3)

COM 380 Environmental Communication (3)

PS 414 Political Parties, Pressure Groups and Elections (3)

PS 416 Politics and Communication (3)

PS 419 American Presidential Elections (3)

PS 423 Issues in National Policy (3)

PS 424 Policy Making in the States (3)

PS 425 Native American Politics and Policy (3)

PS 426 Federalism and Intergovernmental Relations (3)

PS 430 Aging Society: Policy Dimensions (3)

PS 433 Health Care Politics and Policy (3)

PS 445 Introduction to Policy Analysis (3)

PS 446 Land Resource Politics and Policies (3)

PS 447 Environmental Politics and Policy (3)

PS 469 Congress and the Presidency (3)

PS 471 Immigration Politics and Policy (3)

PS 479 Constitutional Law (3)

PS 490 Community Politics (3)

PS 495 Public Sector Labor Relations (3)

PS 497 American Foreign Policy (3)

PS 409/410 Practicum or Internship (3-6)

SOC 420 Political Sociology (3)

SOC 430 Political Economy as Social Theory (3)

BA 211 Financial Accounting (4)

BA 315 Financial Management (3)

BA 316 Advanced Financial Management (3)

BA 362 Business Ethics (3)

BA 370 Business and Society (3)

BA 392 Management and Diversity (3)

BA 416 Government Regulation (3)

BA 424 Capital Budgeting (3)

BA 484 International Management (3)

COM 312 Public Relations Communication (3)

COM 420 Communication in Organizations (3)

PS 423 Issues in National Policy (3)

PS 424 Policy Making in the States (3)

PS 426 Federalism and Intergovernmental Relations (3)

PS 433 Health Care Politics and Policy (3)

PS 445 Introduction to Policy Analysis (3)

PS 458 Veterans in Transition (4)

PS 495 Public Sector Labor Relations (3)

BA/PS 409/410 Practicum or Internship (3-6)

BA 361 Organizational Behavior (3)

BA 362 Business Ethics (3)

COM 323 Group Discussion and Leadership (3)

COM 325 Intercultural Communication (3)

COM 420 Communication in Organizations (3)

EC 444 Labor Economics (4)

PSY 423 Interviewing and Appraisal (4)

PSY 443 Psychology of Teamwork (4)

PSY 445 Organizational Psychology (4)

PSY 446 Psychology of Leadership (4)

PSY 465 Motivation (4)

PSY 472 Psychological Assessment (4)

SOC 320 Industrial Society (3)

SOC 338 Sociology of the Family (3)

SOC 434 African American Studies (3)

SOC 435 Chicano/a/Latino/a Studies (3)

SOC 436 Native American/Asian American Studies (3)

PS 415 Politics and Psychology (3)

PS 416 Politics and Communication (3)

PS 426 Federalism and Intergovernmental Relations (3)

PS 430 The Aging Society: Policy Dimensions (3)

PS 432 Global Health Policy (3)

PS 433 Health Care Politics and Policy (3)

PS 435 Women and Politics (3)

PS 458 Veterans in Transition (4)

PS 471 Immigration Politics and Policy (3)

PS 495 Public Sector Labor Relations (3)

PS 409/410 Practicum or Internship (3-6)

BA 450 State and Local Government Finance (3)

CJ 331 Police and Community (3)

COM 380 Environmental Communication (3)

ES 340 Principles of Cartography (4)*

ES 341 Geographic Information Systems I (4)*

ES 342 Geographic Information Systems II (4)*

*These courses are a three-term sequence

which trains students in GIS. Students

should take all three

GEOG 105 Introductory Physical Geography

GEOG 106 Introductory Economic Geography

GEOG 321 Field Geography

GEOG 413 Urban Geography (4)

GEOG 425 Urban Planning and Policy (4)

PS 424 Policy Making in the States (3)

PS 425 Native American Politics and Policy (3)

PS 426 Federalism and Intergovernmental Relations (3)

PS 430 The Aging Society: Policy Dimensions (3)

PS 433 Health Care Politics and Policy (3)

PS 445 Introduction to Policy Analysis (3)

PS 447 Environmental Politics and Policy (3)

PS 490 Community Politics (3)

PS 495 Public Sector Labor Relations (3SSC 407 Seminar (3) Could be an institute-type course

SOC 330 Urban Sociology (3)

SOC 415 Community Organizing (3)

SOC 416 Community Action (3)PS/GEOG/SSC 409/410 Practicum or Internship (3-6)

ANTH 395 Medical Anthropology (4)

COM 312 Public Relations Communication (3)

COM 325 Intercultural Communications (3)

COM 351 Foundations of Health Communication (3)

COM 361 Health Literacy (3)

GERO 120 Medical Terminology (4)

HE 227 Community and Public Health (4)

HE 375 Epidemiology (4)

HE 411 Health Communication (4)

HE 457 Migrant Health (4)

HE 465 International Health (4)

HE 485 Bioethics and Public Health (4)

PS 430 The Aging Society (3)

PS 432 Global Health Policy (3)

PS 433 Health Politics and Policy (3)

PS 445 Introduction to Policy Analysis (3)

PS 495 Public Sector Labor Relations (3)

PS/COM 409 Internship/Practicum (3,6)

CJ 213 Introduction to Criminal Justice (4)

CJ 241 Introduction to Community Crime Prevention (4)

CJ 451 Youth, Crime and Society (4)

CJ 452 Criminal Procedure (4)

CJ 453 Penology (4)

CJ 454 Parole and Probation (4)

COM 327 Communication in the Legal Field (3)

PS 424 Policy Making in the States (3)

PS 426 Federalism and Intergovernmental Relations (3)

PS 458 Veterans in Transition (4)

PS 479 Constitutional Law (3)

PS 484 American Jurisprudence (3)

PS 485 Legal Reasoning and Writing (3)

PS 490 Community Politics (3)

PS 409/410 Practicum or Internship (3-6)

SOC 354 Deviant Behavior (3)

Contact:
Sharyne Ryals, Administrative Assistant

Division of Social Sciences 

503-838-8288 | or e-mail: ryalss@wou.edu Location: HSS 231