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Public Administration, BA

Keiser University

This program is available in the following Florida campuses:

Online Division, Sarasota Campus, Tallahassee Campus, Tampa Campus

The Bachelor of Arts degree in Public Administration explores government structures, administrative management, fiscal budgeting, community dynamics, politics and public policy for facilitating change through government systems. The degree has a strong liberal arts and research focus designed to prepare students for graduate level training in a variety of disciplines along with entry-level work in a host of disparate fields.  This is a broad-spectrum program that introduces students to the general study of the field of public administration and is suited for students with an interest in public policy, politics, issues in immigration and the environment as well as those seeking an academic foundation for work in public service.  Students select a specialization in Politics, Communication Studies, or Emergency Management.

Program Objectives

The following objectives are designed to meet Keiser University’s mission and its goals:

  • Demonstrate basic understanding of theories, concepts and practices relevant to public administration and its sub-fields;
  • Analyze contemporary social problems in America through the application of public administration concepts and theories;
  • Explain the differences between various government and economic systems;
  • Demonstrate the appropriate skills to be able to administer public programs in their chosen subfield of public administration in particular public management, healthcare administration, nonprofit management, and environmental administration;
  • The ability to understand that public policies shape, and are shaped by, the institutional, legal, political and economic contexts in which they occur;
  • Demonstrate proficiency in clear oral and written communication by presenting succinct, well-organized materials and analysis tailored to the needs of their audience.

Prerequisites for Major Courses

The following lower division courses, if not taken as part of an associate’s program, must be successfully completed before beginning upper division major courses (Course equivalency is established by the dean of academic affairs from official transcripts received from regionally accredited institutions):

  • 3.0 credit hours – Political Science (required)
  • 6.0 credit hours from any lower division Natural Science courses
  • 6.0 credit hours from any lower division Mathematics courses above Intermediate Algebra
  • 3.0 credit hours – Macroeconomics or Microeconomics
  • 3.0 credit hours – English Composition II

Program Outline

The curriculum for the Bachelor of Arts degree in Public Administration requires 36 credits in lower division general education courses, 30 credits in open electives, 9 credits in upper division general education courses, 30 upper division major credits, and 15 credits in a specialization. One specialization must be chosen. A total of 120.0 semester credit hours are required for the degree.

NOTE: Political Science (POS1041) is a prerequisite for ALL courses in the major, both lower division and upper division.

Lower Division Courses

Recommended Open Electives (30.0 credit hours) - Student may substitute others with Dean’s approval
American History Pre 1876 3.0 credit hours
American History Post 1876 3.0 credit hours
Intercultural Communication 3.0 credit hours
Criminal Law 3.0 credit hours
Intro to Homeland Security 3.0 credit hours
Entrepreneurship 3.0 credit hours
Principles of Management 3.0 credit hours
Sociology 3.0 credit hours
Social Psychology 3.0 credit hours
Strategies for Success 3.0 credit hours
Leadership 3.0 credit hours
Constitutional Law 3.0 credit hours
Immigration Law 3.0 credit hours
Organizational Psychology 3.0 credit hours
Sociology of the Social Urban Community 3.0 credit hours
Critical Thinking 3.0 credit hours
Behavioral/Social Science (6.0 credit hours)
6.0 credit hours from any lower division Behavioral/Social Science courses
Political Science (required) 3.0 credit hours
Political Science (required) 3.0 credit hours
American History Pre 1876 3.0 credit hours
American History Post 1876 3.0 credit hours
Sociology 3.0 credit hours
Communications (3.0 credit hours)
Speech 3.0 credit hours
Computers (3.0 credit hours)
Introduction to Computers 3.0 credit hours
Economics (3.0 credit hours)
Microeconomics 3.0 credit hours
Macroeconomics 3.0 credit hours
English (6.0 credit hours)
English Composition I 3.0 credit hours
English Composition II 3.0 credit hours
Humanities/Fine Arts (3.0 credit hours)
American Literature 3.0 credit hours
English Literature 3.0 credit hours
Contemporary World Literature 3.0 credit hours
General Humanities 3.0 credit hours
Intro to Philosophy 3.0 credit hours
Mathematics (6.0 credit hours)
College Algebra 3.0 credit hours
College Math 3.0 credit hours
Applications of Mathematics 3.0 credit hours
Statistics 3.0 credit hours
Natural Science (6.0 credit hours)
General Biology 3.0 credit hours
Advanced Biology 3.0 credit hours
Environmental Science 3.0 credit hours
General Marine Biology 3.0 credit hours

Upper Division Courses

Upper Division Public Administration Major Courses (30.0 credit hours)
Intro to Public Policy 3.0 credit hours
Intergovernmental Relations 3.0 credit hours
Environmental Politics 3.0 credit hours
Info Resources Management in the Public Sector 3.0 credit hours
Foundations of Public Safety Admin 3.0 credit hours
Administrative Law 3.0 credit hours
Issues in International Policy 3.0 credit hours
Urban Government Social Policy 3.0 credit hours
Public Finance 3.0 credit hours
Public Sector Labor Relations 3.0 credit hours
Upper Division General Education Courses (9.0 credit hours)
History of Civil Rights and Civil Liberties 3.0 credit hours
Workforce Diversity 3.0 credit hours
Professional Writing 3.0 credit hours
Specializations (15.0 credit hours)
Politics - Choose 5 Courses
The American Presidency 3.0 credit hours
The Campaign Process 3.0 credit hours
Conflict Resolution 3.0 credit hours
Great Political Thinkers 3.0 credit hours
Middle East Foreign Policy 3.0 credit hours
Politics of U.S. Immigration 3.0 credit hours
Communication Studies
Interpersonal Communication 3.0 credit hours
Communication, Tech & Change 3.0 credit hours
Public Relations 3.0 credit hours
Conflict Resolution 3.0 credit hours
Cross-Cultural Communication 3.0 credit hours
Emergency Management
Public Relations 3.0 credit hours
Tactical Communications 3.0 credit hours
Business Ethics 3.0 credit hours
Catastrophic Event Response Planning 3.0 credit hours
Issues in Disaster Response 3.0 credit hours

Program Outcomes

Left Quote My instructors believed in me. They were more than instructors, they tried to get to know you as a person and tried to understand your goals so they could push you towards them. Student services helped me find a job before I even graduated. Everyone was dedicated to my overall success. Right Quote

Jessica Kircher