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Northwest Missouri State University

Major in Public Administration

The Bachelor of Science in Public Administration prepares the student for a career in local, state, or national governments as well as nonprofit organizations. Like the political science major, Public Administration requires a minor. Majors are required to intern at a government agency on the local, state, or national level or at a nonprofit organization.

Advanced Standing Requirement

All political science majors wishing to apply for advanced standing must have completed the General Education requirement for political science (PolS 34-102).

Participation in the Assessment Program

Graduating seniors are expected to take the ACAT, Political Science exam as part of the University's exit assessment program. Students interested in Graduate School should take the GRE exam; those interested in law school should take the LSAT. (A practice LSAT is available within the department.)

B.S. Degree; 37 hours; Minor required Hours
PolS 34-203 State and Local Government 3
PolS 34-439 Federalism and Intergovernmental Relations 3
PolS 34-502 Public Policy 3
PolS 34-332 Principles of Public Administration 3
PolS 34-434 Modern Organizational Theory 3
PolS 34-490 Senior Seminar 1
PolS 34-495
Field Problem in Public Administration
(Credit depending upon nature of problem undertaken)
Political Science Electives 9
Electives 4-9
Total Course Hours Required 37