Public Administration (PA)

PA 500  Foundations of Public Administration  (3)  

Explores the evolutionary process of American public administration with the intent of focusing on theoretical and applied contexts of contemporary public administration. Special attention is placed upon the role of administration as it applies to the legislative-executive relations (including accountability, transparency and responsibility in democratic administration), the role of administration in the policymaking process, the legal basis for public administration, and financial and personnel responsibilities of administrators in the public sector.

PA 501  The Analysis of Policy  (3)  

An in-depth investigation of intergovernmental functions and major programs on the federal, state, and local levels of government, including modes of analysis, models of decision making, evaluation methods, styles of executive leadership, by employing examples of past and current policies.

PA 502  Research Methods in Public Administration  (3)  

Social research methods and their application to public administration; examination of the role of social research in the analysis, interpretation and clarification of problems in public administration. (PA 502 is cross-listed with CJ 502 and only one course may be counted for credit.)

PA 504  Administration Leadership and Ethics  (3)  

The effective application of major theoretical frameworks to diagnose organizations' ethical cultures and exercising the various principles of leadership when resolving ethical issues in order to institute organizational change.

PA 512  Intergovernmental Relations  (3)  

Examines the development, institutions, processes, and problems of state and local government in the United States and their interaction with each other and with the federal government.

PA 521  Administrative Law  (3)  

Legal principles and procedures involved in administration of government agencies.

PA 531  Public Personnel Administration  (3)  

Functions, procedures, and problems of personnel management at all levels of government.

PA 532  Public Finance Administration  (3)  

Collection, custody, and expenditure of public revenue, public borrowing and debt management, preparation and execution of the budget, and financial accountability for public spending.

PA 540  Organizational Theory and Bureaucratic Structure  (3)  

This course is designed to enhance the study of complex organizational structures and the behavior of individuals working within those organizations. An emphasis is placed on public institutions and the affect different organizational structures and behaviors have on public policy.

PA 545  Seminar in Public Administration  (3)  

Theories, or models, of administrative organization and behavior and examination of relationship between public administration and political process.

PA 546  Diversity in the Workplace  (3)  

This public administration course examines how and why race, class, and gender differences inform and shape our legal and social structures and impact the legal decision-making process, social change, and social institutions of modern American Society.

PA 555  Seminar in Comparative Public Administration  (3)  

Comparison of approaches to and problems associated with public administration in different nation types: western/nonwestern; developed/underdeveloped; large/small; and open/closed.

PA 585  Directed Studies in Public Administration  (3)  

Prerequisite(s): Approval of the department head and approval of instructor.

In-depth study of selected topics.

PA 586  Directed Studies in Public Administration  (3)  

Prerequisite(s): Approval of department head and approval of instructor.

In-depth study of selected topics.

PA 597  Public Affairs Internship  (3)  

Prerequisite(s): Approval of department head and approval of instructor.

Supervised assignment in office of an area public agency for a minimum of eight hours per week. Grades: Pass/Fail.

PA 598  Public Affairs Internship  (3)  

Prerequisite(s): Approval of department head and approval of instructor.

Supervised assignment in office of an area public agency for a minimum of eight hours per week. Grades: Pass/Fail.