Craig Maher, Chairperson
Program Office: Clow Faculty 401
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The mission of the Public Administration Department is to provide undergraduate and graduate students with an understanding of the field of public administration and the leadership skills required for public service. Undergraduate students are taught by experienced Public Administration faculty about the field of public administration and potential public service career tracks through information in the areas of human resources, economic development, leadership, bureaucracy, and political process. Graduate students are taught through small, interactive weekend classes that draw on their life experiences and their ability to direct their own learning and to strengthen their analytical skills, ethics, accountability, responsiveness, and public service leadership capacity.
2. The Major(s)
3. The Minor(s)
The program offers one minor: Public Administration
PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION MINOR
Recommended for students who wish to acquire administrative skills and knowledge in preparation for careers in the public sector.
PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION COURSES
102 3 units (crs.)
Contemporary Public Issues (SS)
This course will examine the major issues facing American society today. It will discuss the popular debates over social problems and analyze the strains on public institutions that these contentions produce. It will provide broad coverage of public affairs through a critical inquiry into the external environmental forces that shape modern government.
221 3 units (crs.)
Introduction to Public Administration (SS)
Historical role of administration in government; techniques and problems of executive leadership, finance, personnel, planning and control.
307 3 units (crs.)
Administrative Law and Procedure (SS)
The rule-making and adjudicating powers of governmental agencies. Specific topics such as rights of public employees in dismissal or suspension proceedings, rights of industries in regulatory proceedings, and open meeting laws. Judicial review of agency action. Prerequisite: Public Affairs 221 or Criminal Justice 212 or consent of instructor. 307/507
330 3 units (crs.)
Women and Crime
This course is the study of women and crime, including women as participants and victims of crime, and criminal justice professionals. The course explores the pathways by which women become involved in criminal behavior, the response of the criminal justice system, and the complex worlds women experience on the street and in prison. Prerequisites: Criminal Justice 103 (Introduction to Criminal Justice) or Criminal Justice 110 (Introduction to Criminal Justice for Majors).
361 3 units (crs.)
This course is designed to expose students to the principles and techniques necessary for the organization and management of electoral campaigns. It will provide the conceptual base for understanding, planning a strategy, establishing an organization, and utilizing the appropriate media. This class will attempt to raise the level of 'inside" or practical election management experience so that it can be combined with political theory and social science data in order to assist class participants in making the many judgments needed for effective electioneering.
362 3 units (crs.)
Public Personnel Administration (SS)
Personnel concepts and techniques in public organization, staffing, career systems, affirmative action, public unionism, compensation, fringe benefits, motivation, evaluation, supervisor-supervisee relations, etc. Traditional, behavioral and reform approaches in personnel administration. Prerequisite: Public Affairs 221 or Criminal Justice 212 or consent of the instructor. 362/562
363 3 units (crs.)
American Bureaucracy and Political Process (SS)
The role of bureaucracy in the making and implementing of public policy. Special focus on strategic interactions between American Bureaucracy and political institutions. Critical examination of administrative accountability and responsibility, administrative ethics and law, planning and budgeting, and professionalism and bureaucratic elitism. Prerequisite: Public Affairs 221 or Criminal Justice 212 or consent of the instructor. 363/563
364 3 units (crs.)
Administrative Leadership and Behavior
Leadership criteria, sources, motivations and possibilities at different organizational levels in America; tools of leadership for promoting organizational goals; analysis of effects on societal, political and bureaucratic structures on a cross-cultural basis. Prerequisite: Public Affairs 221 or Criminal Justice 212 or consent of the instructor. 364/564
365 3 units (crs.)
Politics of Emergency Management (SS)
This course will focus on the political processes, institutional structures, public policies and social phenomena associated with mitigating the likely effects of extreme events, responding to them and recovering from them. The course is intended to help emergency managers develop an understanding of how local, state, federal and intergovernmental politics affect and are affected by hazards, crises, disasters and other extreme events. Prerequisite: Public Administration 221 or Criminal Justice 212 or consent of the instructor.
366 3 units (crs.)
Emergency Planning and Administration (SS)
This course will introduce the concepts, theories, principles and practices of emergency planning and administration. It is intended to provide students with the analytic tools and techniques they can use in ranking risks and anticipating crises and then developing and implementing strategic preparedness programs in the public sector. The course will identify the various aspects of government and nonprofit planning for emergencies and show how these plans are tied to budgets, operational controls and public accountability. Prerequisite: Public Administration 221 or Criminal Justice 212 or consent of the instructor.
369 3 units (crs.)
Government and the Economy
The application in modern governmental agencies of budgeting processes, planning regulatory activities and organizational devices for control, supervision, and decision making. Prerequisite: Public Affairs 221 or Criminal Justice 212 or consent of the instructor. 369/569
390 3 units (crs.)
Comparative Public Administration
The administrative systems of selected North American, European, African and Asian countries; with particular emphasis on administrative recruitment, promotion, policy making, supranational organizations, developmental planning and institution building. Prerequisite: Political Science 101 or Public Affairs 221.
391 3 units (crs.)
Environment and Energy Management
This course will introduce students of Public Administration to the growing fields of environmental protection and energy conservation. Students will be introduced to policy options addressing the diminishing supply of fossil fuels at the national as well as the state and local levels. Students will learn basic skills related to managing energy in order to develop and supervise energy conservation programs for units of local government and small organizations. Prerequisite: Public Affairs 221 or Criminal Justice 212 or consent of instructor. 391/591