Implement governmental policies and regulations. Manage personnel and oversee budgets and expenses. Plan and supervise programs to meet the needs of the target audience or community. A public administration degree will provide you with strong preparation for managerial and leadership positions in a wide range of employment settings after graduating from BVU and is an excellent foundation for graduate school or law school.
As a public administration major, you’ll learn to think creatively and solve complex problems. The program’s interdisciplinary approach and emphasis on real-world applications will provide you with a broad skill set and the ability to adapt in a variety of roles in the public, nonprofit and private sectors. As part of your studies, you will build your professional skills through engaging coursework, travel and coveted internship placements. In addition to learning the tools for effective management, you will become adept at budgeting and project planning. You will also learn the fundamentals of policy analysis and program evaluation, and refine your ethical reasoning and communication abilities. Because these skills are applicable to many professional contexts, students often find that public administration pairs well with a wide variety of other majors.
I love watching my students make connections between, say, the writings of Woodrow Wilson and the contemporary challenges facing public and nonprofit sector organizations. It’s one of the many ways in which my job is deeply rewarding.