Public administration concentration ( 33 semester hours)
If you are interested in pursuing a career in government, business, or non-profit organizations, the department offers a political science major with a public administration concentration. This major is similar to the regular political science major but includes more specific course requirements and approved cognate courses outside the department.
Getting into the program
To be admitted to the political science major with a public administration concentration you need to complete one (non-interim) political science course with a minimum grade of C (2.0).
To graduate from political science major with a concentration in public administration you must take the following courses:
- American Politics (101)
- State and Local Politics (202) or Urban Politics (208)
- International Politics (207)
- Public Administration (209)
- American Public Policy (212)
- Political Ideas in Historical Perspective (240)
- Methods of Political Analysis (251)
- one course from 102, 271, 272, 275, 276, 277, or 279
- one course from 208, 310, 314, 317, or 318
- an internship in either state/local government or Washington DC (minimum 6 hours)
- four approved cognate courses in Business/Economics (recommended: Business 203, 204, 160; Economics 151, 221, 222, 339).
- one political science elective if necessary to complete the 33 hour major requirement
Political science majors, particularly those who do not anticipate pursuing either law school or some graduate program shortly after graduation, are encouraged to enroll in internship programs.
Information on the specifics and guidelines for graduating with honors can be found on the political science department 's honors page.