Buena Vista University

Political Science / Public Administration

Public administrators are big picture thinkers. They look for solutions to problems like gang violence, poverty, and crime. Working in the public and private sectors, they implement policies legislated by governments and bring together large groups of people with very different agendas and get them to move in the same direction. Are you up to the task?

As a public administration major, you will develop professional skills in policy analysis and management as you study the American political system at the local, state, and federal levels. You’ll build a base of analytical tools rooted in an understanding of economics, statistics and organizational behavior, as well as develop your practical problem solving and policy planning abilities. You’ll further have the option to apply what you’ve learned during an internship most public administration majors take during their final year in the program.

Key Personality Traits of Public Administrators:

Courses of study

Major in Public Administration : 46 credit hours

ACCT 205 Financial Accounting
ECON 205 Principles of Microeconomics
ECON 206 Principles of Macroeconomics
MATH 140 Elementary Applied Statistics
MGMT 306 Principles of Management
MGMT 320 Human Resource Management
PSCN 110 Introduction to American Government
PSCN 115 Introduction to Politics
PSCN 240 Judicial Process or PSCN 245 Introduction to American Law
PSPA 165 Introduction to Public Administration
PSPA 320 State and Local Politics or PSPA 380 Administrative Agencies
PSPA 360 Introduction to Public Affairs
PSPA 400 Pre-Professional Seminar

Option A:

6 credit hours from:

PSPA 485 Special Topics in Public Administration
PSPA 495 Senior Internship
Additional PSCN or PSPA course at the 300 level or higher not previously completed to satisfy a PSPA requirement

Option B:

PSCN 490 Washington Center internship program

Minor in Public Administration : 21 credit hours

ECON 205 Principles of Microeconomics
ECON 206 Principles of Macroeconomics
PSCN 110 Introduction to American Government
PSCN 115 Introduction to Politics
PSPA 165 Introduction to Public Administration
PSPA 320 State and Local Politics or PSPA 380 Administrative Agencies
PSPA 360 Introduction to Public Affairs

Minor in Political Science with teaching Licensure (5-12):

Students pursuing a licensure minor must complete one of the following options:

Option 1:

Political science minor (24 credit hours)
Plus requirements for secondary education and education core

Option 2: 15 credit hours of social science courses and 15 credit hours of political science courses including:

PSCN 110 Introduction to American Government
PSCN 115 Introduction to Politics
PSCN 460 Constitutional Law
PSCN 465 Civil Liberties
PSPA 360 Introduction to Public Affairs
Plus requirements for secondary education and education core

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Buena Vista University
610 W. 4th Street
Storm Lake, IA 50588
800.383.9600

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