Public Administration

The bachelor’s in public administration program at American International College was developed to provide students with the necessary knowledge and skills to succeed in a range of public sector roles. This program places a heavy emphasis on experiential learning, asking students to complete a range of individual and group projects relevant to their learning including government administration, public health, social science, history, and more.

Learning Outcomes

A Bachelor’s Degree in Public Administration prepares students to work in a variety of operational roles in the public and non-profit sector. Students will learn the fundamentals of federal, state and local government administration.

What You’ll Learn

You’ll be empowered to make a career of helping others, whether you want to work for a corporation, a nonprofit, or the government.

Future Studies

The public administration program provides students with an excellent foundation for graduate work in Public Administration or Policy—and advancement in the public sector.

Career Opportunities

Over half of federal workers are nearing retirement age, so demand for fresh talent is set to skyrocket in the coming years.

ACC1201 Financial Accounting
ACC2210 Managerial Accounting
ECO1401 Macroeconomics
ECO1402 Microeconomics
MGT1400 Principles of Management
MGT2400 Organizational Behavior
MGT3201 Business and Society
MGT3202 Leadership
MGT3213 Human Resource Management
POL1400 Introduction to American Politics
PSY2302 Statistics
PSY2820/2821 Advanced Statistics with Laboratory
SOC1100 Introduction to Sociology
SOC2420 Sociology of American Institutions
SOC2631 Sociological Research Methods
PAM1000 Introduction to Public Administration
PAM2000 State and Local Government Administration
PAM3000 Public Budgeting and Finance
PAM4800 Public Administration Capstone
PAM4899 Internship in Public Administration
Choose one of the following:
PHI1000 Introduction to Critical Thinking
PHI1200 Introduction to Philosophy
Choose one of the following:
COM1281 Introduction to Mass Communication
COM2630 Writing for Media
ENG2213 Public Speaking
ENG2280 Professional and Technical Writing

Minor Requirements
ACC1201 Financial Accounting
POL1400 Introduction to American Politics
PAM1000 Introduction to Public Administration
PAM2000 State and Local Government Administration
PAM3000 Public Budgeting and Finance
PAM4800 Public Administration Capstone

Course Descriptions

Topics include: the basic structure, principles, and practices of accounting; the nature and classification of accounts; the accounting cycle and the preparation of financial statements for both service and merchandising enterprises; design of accounting systems, including special journals and subsidiary ledgers; and coverage of cash, receivables, inventories, deferrals, accruals, plant assets, intangible assets, and current liabilities. Lecture classes and laboratory sessions meet at least four times per week. Laboratory fee.

This course is a study of accounting as it serves the needs of management, principally in planning operations, controlling activities, and making decisions. Course emphasis is on the use of accounting by those seeking careers in other areas of business. Topics covered include cost terms, concepts, and classifications; job-order costing; process costing; cost behavior analysis and use; cost-volume-profit relationships; profit planning; standard costs; flexible budgets and overhead analysis; and relevant costs for decision making.

This course is devoted to the study of the fundamental principles and processes of an economic system, with special emphasis on the coordination and control of the United States economy. Emphasis is on the macroeconomic approach.

This course examines individual decision making in various applied economic environments. Areas of application include international trade, market structures, labor markets, and various U. S. institutional environments, both public and private. Basic emphasis is on the microeconomic approach.

This course offers an introduction to the principles of management and their application to business. The basic management concepts of planning, organizing, controlling, motivating, communicating, staffing, and leading provide the basis for understanding of the management profession and a basis upon which higher level management courses can build more specialized knowledge.

This course provides a conceptual framework for understanding and studying the dynamics of behavior in organizational settings and for applying these concepts to improving organizational effectiveness. Included are personality, organizational theory and structure, the decision process, the communication process, group dynamics and leadership, and conflict resolution.

Current issues of ethics in society as they affect business behavior will be discussed. Topics include the social responsibilities of business, environmental issues, human rights and technological progress, business ethics, and an analysis of global societal values.

Leadership involves change and facing up to difficult decisions and situations. The intent of this course is to give a practical understanding of leadership, its demands, its wide variety of effective styles, and both its positive and negative impacts on organization.

This course examines the problems of personnel relationships in business and industry. Primary emphasis is placed upon the psychological factors in human relations; the purpose, organization, and functions of the personnel department; instruments of personnel control, such as interviewing, testing, the making of job analysis, classification, personnel education and training, employee incentives, retention, and similar related topics.

This course provides an overview of American politics and government, focusing on Constitutional principles, national institutions of governance, and politics actors, such as political parties and the media.

This course is an introduction to statistical methods as they are used in the social sciences. Both descriptive and inferential statistics are covered, including sampling, probability, and hypothesis testing. Specific parametric and non-parametric analyses include analysis of variance, the t-test, Chi-square, and correlation.

This course is a continuation of PSY2302, including a brief review of the material previously covered, such as probability, sampling, and hypothesis testing for both parametric and non-parametric analysis. Presented for the first time are such topics as Factor Analysis of Variance, the within-subjects Analysis of Variance, the paired t-test, and Chi-Square.

An experiential lab to accompany PSY2820, this course emphasizes the entry, calculation, and interpretation of statistical analyses using SPSS. Students will also learn and practice writing up statistical analyses in APA format. Exercises follow the statistical tests presented in PSY328.

This course is designed to acquaint the student with working knowledge of the concepts used by sociologists and with the well-established generalizations in the field. Topics include socialization, primary groups, stratification, population, and bureaucracy. This course is a prerequisite for all other sociology courses.

This course focuses on the creation and maintenance of social institutions and the ways in which these congeries of organizations and structures shape human relations and experience. Particular emphasis will be placed on the educational system, government, the family, religion, the economy, and the media.

A study is made of methods used in sociological research with special emphasis on measurement and data collection. Time will also be devoted to the interview, questionnaire, and recent sociological studies.

If you’ve ever wondered how the vast apparatus of government keeps society on its rails, this course will answer your questions by introducing you to the field of public administration. By the end of this course you’ll understand how governmental administration works, become familiar with public sector management issues and understand how government administrators turn policy into process. This online class features optional live sessions. PREREQUISITES: POL1400 or POL1500, Declared Public Administration major or minor

This course provides students with an understanding of the structure and function of state and local governments in the United States. Students will explore local and state­ level policy issues and administrative processes. They will also explore urban issues in the U.S. and discuss solutions to all of these challenges.  This online course has optional live sessions. PREREQUISITES: POL1400, PAM1000

This course covers fiscal and budgetary policies and practices in public sector and governmental organizations. Students will improve their understanding of revenue, expenditure, deficit spending, and debt, specifically as they relate to government. They will also examine the functions of accounting in the public sector and learn to create financial reports. This online course has optional lives sessions. PREREQUISITES: ACC1201, PAM2000

This capstone is the culmination for Public Administration majors and should be taken as the final course in a student’s studies for the major. It is intended to synthesize all of a student’s learnings in the field into one public-sector focused project. Students will work in groups with a public sector organization, such as a non-profit, or their local government. This online course has optional live sessions. PREREQUISITES: PAM3000, PSY2302 or MAT1430, and junior or senior status

An internship provides an experiential learning opportunity, typically with a company, government agency, or community-based or non-profit organization. The internship links classroom learning and student interest with the application of and further acquisition of knowledge in an applied, supervised work setting. A 3-credit internship requires no less than 126 hours of work at the site. PREREQUISITES:  PAM3000, and junior or senior status.

This course offers a careful examination of the various standards that must be observed if one is to read, write, and think critically. It surveys common sources of confusion and error, such as ambiguity, vagueness, propaganda, political rhetoric, misleading advertising, misuse of evidence, improper reliance upon authority and tradition, and other varieties of fallacious reasoning.

This course provides a critical examination of several philosophical problems, including the nature and scope of knowledge, the freedom-determinism issue, the question of the existence of a God, and the status of moral judgments.

Students will study theories of mass communication and the role that mass communicators play in modern society. The rise of print and electronic media will be discussed in detail. Special attention will be given to the rights, responsibilities and practices of mass media and merging trends.

An introduction to the basic principles and techniques of writing for the media. Formats include informational, persuasive and entertainment content for a variety of audiences across different types of media and platforms. Students will write scripted material for traditional media (radio, TV, and print) and produce written content across various digital platforms, including podcasts, streaming audio/video, social media and other web-based industries. PREREQUISITE: None.

This course provides practice in the construction of speeches, analysis of appeals to various audiences, and development of the speaking voice. It is a practical course offered to fit the needs of students in all fields. In cases of over-enrollment, seniors will be given preference.

This meets the requirement as a writing intensive course in the major. A comprehensive treatment of the theory and practice of business communication and the development of skills in presenting technical information, with emphasis on the effectiveness of expression through written correspondence, reports, technical manuals, and job resumes. Writing as a rewriting process will be stressed. Students will investigate the development of business and technical literature from idea to draft, to final product.

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