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College of Policy and Legal Studies

Bachelor of Science

Public Policy and Administration

PPA-BS

Program Leadership Information

Susan Demers, Dean, CL, (727) 791-2501

Program Summary

The goal of this program is to prepare students for the dynamic nature of public policy and administration by providing critical thinking and problem solving techniques enabling them to make sound decisions and influence policy that may affect organizations, communities, a whole state or the entire nation.

Graduates will be prepared to use advanced critical thinking and analytical skills to effectively problem solve a myriad of issues commensurate with a changing world and its demand for accountability. Students will demonstrate the advanced knowledge and tools necessary to:
o Evaluate and design public policy
o Enhance the appropriate use of communication and negotiation skills within the structure and processes of government
o Use the technical skills and political astuteness required of a public policy/administration professional
o Demonstrate the management and leadership qualities of a public policy/administration professional who can readily anticipate issues and demonstrate the ability to adapt to governments that are in a constant state of flux.

The Academic Pathway is a tool for students that lists the following items:
o the recommended order in which to take the program courses
o suggested course when more than one option exists
o which semester each course is typically offered
o if the course has a prerequisite
o courses that may lead to a certificate (if offered in the program)

If you are starting the program this term, click here to access the recommended Academic Pathway.

If you have already started the program, click here for the archived Academic Pathways.

Please verify the Academic Pathway lists your correct starting semester.


The requirements shown below are valid beginning Fall 2015 (505), and may not reflect degree requirements for current students. Current students should visit My SPC and view My Learning Plan to see specific degree requirements for their effective term.

Admission Rules

Admission requires completion of sixty (60) college-level credits in a related discipline, including 15 credits of transferable general education courses, and completion of the state-mandated prerequisites listed below with a grade of "C" or better.

GRADE OF "C" OR HIGHER REQUIRED FOR ALL COURSES

Graduation Rules

GRADE OF "C" OR HIGHER REQUIRED FOR ALL COURSES

FOREIGN LANGUAGE REQUIREMENT: If you have not completed two consecutive years of the same foreign language in high school or 8 credits in college, you will need to complete 8 credits of foreign language before completing the B.S. program.

ADMISSIONS COURSES
60 credits in a related discipline with at least 15 General Education credits

STATE MANDATED PREREQUISITES
The following three courses are required & may be used as part of the General Education Requirements

Computer Applications
3
American National Government
3
(Select one Macroeconomics course)
Principles of Macroeconomics
3
OR
Honors Macroeconomics
3

MAJOR CORE COURSES

Organizational Communication
3
Social Problems and Policy
3
Management of Information Systems
3
Public Personnel Management
3
Process Improvement Methodologies
3
Public Finance
3
Grant Administration & Resource Development
3
Administrative Law
3
Introduction to Public Policy and Administration
3
Policy Leadership
3
State and Local Government and Public Policy
3
Evaluating Public Policy (Research Methods I)
3
Policy Data Analysis (Research Methods II)
3
Policy and Ethics
3
Public Policy Capstone
3

MAJOR ELECTIVE COURSES
Select 15 credits

Diplomacy
3
Urban and Regional Planning
3
United States Constitutional Law
3
Mass Media & Public Policy
3
American Civic Life
3
Emergency and Crisis Communications
3
Public Policy and Administration Legal Research
3
Issues in International Policy
3
Public Policy and Negotiation
3
Public Policy and Administration Co-op Work Experience
3
120
Total Credits