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Public Administration

Public administration plan, organize, lead, and control the work of public organizations including governments, regulatory and law enforcement agencies, and public services departments. They implement public policies, set budgets, produce, public goods and services, implement laws, and manage public resources like people, money, equipment, information, and work processes. They work throughout government at the federal, state, and local levels as well as in community agencies, private not-for-profit organizations, planning and consulting firms, and private sector organizations.

This program prepares students for entry-level positions in the field of public administration or to complete a bachelor's degree in Public Administration or a related major at a four-year university.

Career/Transfer Options

Common university majors related to the field of Public Administration include:

  • Public Administration
  • Criminal Justice Administration
  • Organizational Studies
  • Political Science
  • Public Policy
  • Urban Studies and Planning

Some of the many career options in the field of Public Administration include:

  • Administrative analyst
  • City manager
  • City planner
  • City, county, or court clerk
  • Communications systems manager
  • Court administrator
  • Detention processing supervisor
  • Election supervisor
  • Operations manager
  • Personnel manager

Some public administration-related career fields require study beyond the associate degree level.

Student Learning Outcomes

Students who complete the Public Administration program will be able to:

  • Describe and compare basic concepts, principles, and terms used in the study of law, public organizations, and public policy.
  • Summarize the structure and function of the U.S. legal system at the local, state, and federal levels.
  • Describe the structure and functions of various U.S. public institutions.
  • Examine the role of ethics in the management of public organizations.
  • Evaluate various management practices and leadership techniques used in public administration.

What Classes Should I Take?

A course sequence for this program is not available at this time. For more information, contact the Counseling Office at 619-388-7840.

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