PA Major and Minor Requirements

Requirements for the Major in Public Administration for Students Entering in/after Fall 2017

As a part of the Bachelor of Arts in Public Administration (BPA) program, you must complete a total of 30 POL credits (21 taken in residence) to satisfy the major requirements. You must fulfill all additional university-level requirements in order to earn a Bachelor of Arts in Public Administration. You must pass all POL courses with a C- or above in order for the course to count toward the major. These credits must include the following:

Introductory Courses (9 credits) Must take all 3 courses.

 

POL 201

American National Government

 

POL 319

Politics of the Administrative Process

 

POL 321

Introduction to Public Policy

Political, Social, Economic & Legal (6 credits) Take any 2 POL courses from this list:

 

 

POL 318, 320, 335, 342, 343, 531, 526, 548

*Note: Select POL 393 or 596 Courses may count with advisor approval

 

 

Analytical Tools & Communication Skills (6 credits) Take any 2 POL courses from this list:

 

 

POL 301, 351, 510, 517, 518, 519, 546

*Note: A student may not count both POL 510 and POL 517 toward the major.

 

 

Management of Public Organizations (6 credits) Take any 2 POL courses from this list:

 

 

POL 501, 506, 521, 522, 523, 524, 547, 551, 555, 556, 557, 558

*Note: Select POL 393 or 596 Courses may count with advisor approval

 

 

Comparative Governance  (3 credits) Take any 1 POL course from this list:

 

 

POL 202, 385, 525, 569, 571, 581, 582

*Note: Select POL 393 or 596 Courses may count with advisor approval

Upper-Level Seminar Requirement (At least 2 courses from above must be at the 500-level)

 

 

One course from above

 

 

One course from above

 

*Note: 500-level courses are allowed to double count towards fulfilling the requirements for any of the four subfield areas (PSEL, ATC, MPO, CG).

*Note: Internship (POL 520 or POL 521), Thesis (POL 563 or POL 564) and Directed Readings (POL 595-599) do not count towards fulfilling the upper-level seminar requirement.

*Note: Special Topics Courses (POL 595-599) do count for upper-level seminar requirement.

 

Requirements for the Minor in Public Administration for Students Entering in/after Fall 2017

Introductory Courses (9 credits) Must take all 3 courses.

 

POL 201

American National Government

 

POL 319

Politics of the Administrative Process

 

POL 321

Introduction to Public Policy

Electives (6 credits) Take 2 POL courses from this list, including one 500-level course.

 

 

POL 318, 301, 320, 335, 342, 343, 351, 501, 506, 510, 517, 518, 519, 521, 522, 523, 524, 526, 531, 546, 547, 584, 551, 555, 556, 557, 558

*Note: Select POL 596 Courses may count with advisor approval

 

 

Other Requirements

 You must earn a C- or above in order for a POL course to count toward the minor. A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 in all POL courses. A minimum of 9 credits must be earned in residency.

 

Please visit the UM Political Science Department website for a complete description of each course.

 

If you have any questions regarding the public administration major or minor, contact:

Prof. Arthur Simon (freshmen and first-year transfer students) – asimon@miami.edu

Prof. Jennifer Connolly (all other students) – jmconnolly@miami.edu

 

5-Year BPA/MPA Option

An option exists for students to complete both the BA and the MPA in five years. Contact your advisor for more info.