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Public Administration



Karen King, Chairperson

Program Office: Clow Faculty 401
Telephone: (920) 424-3230






  • Undergraduate: In combination with a major, the Public Administration minor can lead to a baccalaureate degree.

  • Graduate: The Public Administration Department offers graduate study at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh in the Master of Public Administration program. For specifics, please see the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh Graduate Bulletin.

Summary of Fields of Study

Summary of Fields of Study

1. Goal(s)

  • 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)

  • None.

3. The Minor(s)

  • The program offers one minor: Public Administration.

Admission/Graduation Requirements

Admission/Graduation Requirements

  • None

Required Core Courses

Required Core Courses

  • None

The Major(s), with Emphases and/or Options

The Major(s), with Emphases and/or Options

  • None

The Minor(s)

The Minor(s)

Public Administration Minor

Recommended for students who wish to acquire administrative skills and knowledge in preparation for careers in the public sector.

    • Required Units (crs.): 24 minimum

    • Required Courses:

      • Group A: Public Administration 102, 221

      • Group B: Two of the following courses: Public Administration 307, 361, 362, 363, 364, 365, 366, 369, 390, 391

    • Electives: Sufficient to meet the Minimum Requirement including these studies:

      • Business: Business Administration 412

      • Communication: Communication 443

      • Criminal Justice: Criminal Justice 340

      • Economics: Economics 403

      • Interdisciplinary Studies: Interdisciplinary Studies 312

      • Political Science: Political Science 225, 245, 253, 321, 324, 394

      • Psychology: Psychology 363.

      • Sociology: Sociology 361

      • Urban Planning: Urban Planning 300

    • Comment:

      Students are expected to complete a three unit (cr.) internship for the Public Administration minor.

Course Offering(s)

Course Offering(s)

Public Administration   102                                          3 (crs.)

Contemporary Public Issues (SS) (XS)

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.



Public Administration   221                                          3 (crs.)

Introduction to Public Administration (SS) (XS)

Historical role of administration in government; techniques and problems of executive leadership, finance, personnel, planning and control.



Public Administration   307                                          3 (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



Public Administration   330                                          3 (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).



Public Administration   361                                          3 (crs.)

Campaign Management

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.



Public Administration   362                                          3 (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



Public Administration   363                                          3 (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



Public Administration   364                                          3 (crs.)

Administrative Leadership and Behavior (SS)

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



Public Administration   365                                          3 (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.



Public Administration   366                                          3 (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.



Public Administration   369                                          3 (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



Public Administration   390                                          3 (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.



Public Administration   391                                          3 (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


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