Public Administration Courses
How public administrators make ethically-sound decisions; moral and value systems that shape public administration; temptations that can cause officials to stray from ethical standards.
An examination of due process, privacy, and other constitutional and legal issues as they arise in the regulatory investigatory, and enforcement activities of administrative agencies.
Examination of the budgeting process in the public sector; development of skills in budgeting and financial management. Topics include capital budgeting, debt management, revenue forecasting, and auditing.
External communications by public sector managers and planners for purposes of democratic accountability, fulfilling the mission of the agency, and communicating with elected officials.
Budgeting skills for effective local and state government management; financial reporting, revenue collection and administration, pension funds, debt issuance, analytical techniques used in public budgeting.
Efficiency analysis; return-on-investment analysis; shared services vs. privatization; total employee compensation as a management tool; risk mitigation; the government purchasing process.
The field of public administration, including organization theory, public management, the politics of administration, and the role of government in policy-making.
Examination of methods, including cost-benefit analysis and decision analysis, that aid policy makers and administrators in understanding and assessing public and nonprofit sector policies and programs.
Research methods including research design, measurement, and analysis. Qualitative and quantitative decision-making methods. Understanding and using basic statistical concepts and techniques in decision making.
Available for graduate students who must meet minimum credit load requirement.
Policy issues in intergovernmental relations and the complex governmental context in which Americans live and work.
This course combines a supervised field placement in a governmental agency or non-profit organization with class sessions and assignments designed to augment the work experience.
Selected topics covering different aspects of public administration.
Seminar in public administration focusing on administrative ethics and applied research. Requires written and oral presentation of research project.
The political, social, and economic contexts in which the urban manager functions, with an emphasis on managing municipal service delivery and resources.
Independent study in a subject area of special need or interest after consultation with a faculty member.