Department of Public Administration

The Department of Public Administration offers a Bachelor of Public Administration degree which provides the opportunity for the comprehensive study of public administration, a Minor in Civic Engagement, a Minor in Public Administration, and a Minor in Nonprofit Management. Students completing the Bachelor of Public Administration degree may pursue professional careers in government, the nonprofit sector, or the private sector as well as apply for admission to law or graduate schools. 

The mission of the Department of Public Administration is to prepare students for careers and leadership roles in public and nonprofit organizations and to nurture their commitment to ethical public service in a diverse society.

Bachelor of Public Administration Degree

A Bachelor of Public Administration degree is designed to prepare students for employment in the public and nonprofit sector by giving them a broad background in the basics of administration, combined with a contemporary focus on urban management, the nonprofit sector, tools of analysis, and the role of ethics.

The minimum number of semester credit hours required for the degree, including the Core Curriculum requirements, is 120. Thirty-nine of the total semester credit hours required for the degree must be at the upper-division level.

All required and prescribed (elective) public administration (PAD) courses must be completed with a grade of "C-" or better.

All candidates seeking this degree must fulfill the Core Curriculum requirements and the degree requirements, which are listed below.

Core Curriculum Requirements (42 semester credit hours)

Students seeking the Bachelor of Public Administration must fulfill University Core Curriculum requirements. If courses are taken to satisfy both degree requirements and Core Curriculum requirements, then students may need to take additional courses in order to meet the minimum number of semester credit hours required for this degree.

For a complete listing of courses that satisfy the Core Curriculum requirements, see Core Curriculum Component Area Requirements.

Core Curriculum Component Area Requirements

First Year Experience Requirement (3 semester credit hours)

All students must complete the following course, for a total of 3 semester credit hours:

AIS 1203Academic Inquiry and Scholarship3

Communication (6 semester credit hours)

Students must complete the following courses, for a total of 6 semester credit hours:

WRC 1013Freshman Composition I (Q)3
WRC 1023Freshman Composition II (Q)3

Mathematics (3 semester credit hours)

Students must complete one of the following courses, for a total of 3 semester credit hours:

MAT 1023College Algebra with Applications3
MAT 1033Algebra with Calculus for Business3
MAT 1043Introduction to Mathematics3
MAT 1073Algebra for Scientists and Engineers3
MAT 1093Precalculus3
MAT 1193Calculus for the Biosciences3
MAT 1214Calculus I4
STA 1053Basic Statistics3

Life and Physical Sciences (6 semester credit hours)

Students must complete two of the following courses for a total of 6 semester credit hours:

ANT 2033Introduction to Biological Anthropology3
AST 1013Introduction to Astronomy3
AST 1033Exploration of the Solar System3
BIO 1233Contemporary Biology I3
BIO 1243Contemporary Biology II3
BIO 1404Biosciences I4
BIO 1414Biosciences II4
ES 1113Environmental Botany3
ES 1123Environmental Zoology3
ES 1213Environmental Geology3
ES 2013Introduction to Environmental Science I3
ES 2023Introduction to Environmental Science II3
GEO 1013The Third Planet3
GEO 1123Life Through Time3
GES 2613Physical Geography3
PHY 1013Universes3
PHY 1943Physics for Scientists and Engineers I3
PHY 1963Physics for Scientists and Engineers II3

Language, Philosophy and Culture (3 semester credit hours)

Students must complete one of the following courses, for a total of 3 semester credit hours:

AAS 2013Introduction to African American Studies3
AAS 2113African American Culture, Leadership and Social Issues3
ANT 2063Language, Thought, and Culture3
ARA 1014Elementary Arabic I4
ARC 1113Introduction to the Built Environment3
ARC 1413Architecture and Culture3
CHN 1014Elementary Chinese I4
CLA 2013Introduction to Ancient Greece3
CLA 2023Introduction to Ancient Rome3
CLA 2323Classical Mythology3
CSH 1103Literary Masterpieces of Western Culture I3
CSH 1113Literary Masterpieces of Western Culture II3
CSH 1213Topics in World Cultures3
CSH 2113The Foreign Film3
ENG 2013Introduction to Literature3
ENG 2213Literary Criticism and Analysis3
ENG 2383Multiethnic Literatures of the United States3
ENG 2423Literature of Texas and the Southwest3
FRN 1014Elementary French I4
FRN 2333French Literature in English Translation3
GER 1014Elementary German I4
GER 2333German Literature in English Translation3
GLA 1013U.S. in the Global Arena3
GES 1023World Regional Geography3
GRK 1114Introductory Classical Greek I4
HIS 2123Introduction to World Civilization to the Fifteenth Century3
HIS 2133Introduction to World Civilization since the Fifteenth Century3
HIS 2533Introduction to Latin American Civilization3
HIS 2543Introduction to Islamic Civilization3
HIS 2553Introduction to East Asian Civilization3
HIS 2573Introduction to African Civilization3
HIS 2583Introduction to South Asian Civilization3
HUM 2093World Religions3
ITL 1014Elementary Italian I4
ITL 2333Italian Literature in English Translation3
JPN 1014Elementary Japanese I4
LAT 1114Introductory Latin I4
MAS 2013Introduction to Chicano(a) Studies3
PHI 1043Critical Thinking3
PHI 2023Introduction to Ancient Philosophy3
PHI 2033Introduction to Early Modern Philosophy3
PHI 2123Contemporary Moral Issues3
RUS 1014Elementary Russian I4
RUS 2333Russian Literature in English Translation3
SPN 1014Elementary Spanish I4
SPN 2333Hispanic Literature in English Translation3
WS 2013Introduction to Women’s Studies3
WS 2023Introduction to LGBTQ Studies3

Creative Arts (3 semester credit hours)

Students must complete one of the following courses, for a total of 3 semester credit hours:

AHC 1113Survey of Art and Architecture from Prehistoric Times to 13503
AHC 1123Survey of Art and Architecture in Europe and the New World from 1350 to 17503
AHC 1133Survey of Modern Art3
ARC 1213Design I3
ARC 1513Great Buildings and Cities of the World3
ART 1103Introduction to Visual Arts3
ART 1143Art for Non-Art Majors3
CLA 2033Introduction to Classical Literature3
DAN 2003Introduction to Dance3
ENG 1113Introduction to Creative Literary Arts3
HUM 2023Introduction to the Humanities I3
HUM 2033Introduction to the Humanities II3
HUM 2053History of Film3
MAS 2023Latino Cultural Expressions3
MUS 2243World Music in Society3
MUS 2623Fundamentals of Music for the Non-Music Major3
MUS 2633American Roots Music3
MUS 2663History and Styles of Jazz3
MUS 2673History and Styles of Rock3
MUS 2683Masterpieces of Music3
MUS 2693The Music of Latin America and the Caribbean3
MUS 2743Music and Film3
PHI 2073Philosophy of Art3

American History (6 semester credit hours)

Students must complete two of the following courses, for a total of 6 semester credit hours:

HIS 1043United States History: Pre-Columbus to Civil War Era3
HIS 1053United States History: Civil War Era to Present3
HIS 2053Texas History3

Government-Political Science (6 semester credit hours)

Students must complete two of the following courses, for a total of 6 semester credit hours:

POL 1013Introduction to American Politics3
and one of the following two courses:
POL 1133Texas Politics and Society3
POL 1213Civil Rights in Texas and America3

Social and Behavioral Sciences (3 semester credit hours)

Students must complete one of the following courses, for a total of 3 semester credit hours:

AMS 2043Approaches to American Culture3
ANT 1013Introduction to Anthropology3
ANT 2043Introduction to Archaeology3
ANT 2053Introduction to Cultural Anthropology3
BBL 2003Language, Culture, and Society3
BBL 2243Globalizing the Local: Bilingual Families, Communities, and Schools3
BIO 1033Drugs and Society3
CRJ 1113The American Criminal Justice System3
ECO 2003Economic Principles and Issues3
ECO 2023Introductory Microeconomics3
EGR 1343The Impact of Modern Technologies on Society3
GES 1013Fundamentals of Geography3
GES 2623Human Geography3
HTH 2413Introduction to Community and Public Health3
HTH 2513Personal Health3
IDS 2113Society and Social Issues3
PSY 1013Introduction to Psychology3
SOC 1013Introduction to Sociology3
SOC 2013Social Problems3
SOC 2023Social Context of Drug Use3

Component Area Option (CAO) (3 semester credit hours)

Students must complete either one of the following courses or any additional Core Curriculum course not previously used to satisfy a core component area requirement, for a total of 3 semester credit hours:

COM 2113Public Speaking3
CS 1173Data Analysis and Visualization3
EGR 1403Technical Communication3
ENG 2413Technical Writing3
PAD 1113Public Administration in American Society3
PHI 2043Introductory Logic3
Core Curriculum Component Area Requirements
First Year Experience Requirement 3
Communication 6
Mathematics 3
Life and Physical Sciences 6
Language, Philosophy and Culture 3
Creative Arts 3
American History 6
Government-Political Science 6
Social and Behavioral Sciences 3
Component Area Option 3
Total Credit Hours 42

Gateway Course

Students pursuing the Bachelor of Public Administration degree must successfully complete the following Gateway Course with a grade of “C-” or better in no more than two attempts. A student who is unable to successfully complete this course within two attempts, including dropping the course with a grade of “W” or taking an equivalent course at another institution, will be required to change his or her major.

PAD 1113Public Administration in American Society

Degree Requirements

A. Core Public Administration coursework
15 semester credit hours of core Public Administration coursework:15
Public Administration in American Society
Introduction to Public Policy
Foundations of Civic Engagement
Analysis and Assessment for Public Administration
Contemporary Issues in Public Administration
B. Prescribed courses
21 semester credit hours selected from the courses listed below:21
Fundraising in Nonprofit Agencies
Introduction to Urban Management and Policy
Introduction to Nonprofit Agencies
Public and Nonprofit Financial Management
Urban Economic Development
Civic Leadership Integrative Seminar
Managing Nonprofit Organizations
Strategic Planning in the Public and Nonprofit Sectors
Politics and Policies of San Antonio and South Texas
Urban and Regional Planning
Introduction to Public Law
Study Abroad: International Public Administration
Independent Study (prior approval required)
Independent Study (prior approval required)
Internship in Public Administration (prior approval required)
Internship in Public Administration (prior approval required)
Special Topics in Public Administration
Honors Thesis (prior approval required)
C. Upper-division support work
18 semester credit hours of upper-division support work, chosen in consultation with an academic advisor18
D. Free electives
24 semester hours of free electives (some may need to be upper division in order to meet the 39 hour University requirement)24
Total Credit Hours78

Course Sequence Guide for Bachelor of Public Administration Degree

This course sequence guide is designed to assist students in completing their UTSA undergraduate Public Administration degree requirements. This is merely a guide and students must satisfy other requirements of this catalog and meet with their academic advisor for individualized degree plans. Progress within this guide depends upon such factors as course availability, individual student academic preparation, student time management, work obligations, and individual financial considerations. Students may choose to take courses during Summer terms to reduce course loads during long semesters.

Bachelor of Public Administration – Recommended Four-Year Academic Plan

First Year
FallCredit Hours
AIS 1203Academic Inquiry and Scholarship (core) 3
HIS 1043, 1053, or 2053United States History: Pre-Columbus to Civil War Era (core) 3
PAD 1113Public Administration in American Society 3
POL 1013Introduction to American Politics (core) 3
WRC 1013Freshman Composition I (Q) (core) 3
Spring
HIS 1043, 1053, or 2053United States History: Pre-Columbus to Civil War Era (core) 3
PAD 2073Foundations of Civic Engagement 3
WRC 1023Freshman Composition II (Q) (core) 3
Mathematics core 3
Creative Arts core 3
Second Year
Fall
PAD 3163Analysis and Assessment for Public Administration 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
Language, Philosophy & Culture core 3
Life & Physical Sciences core 3
Spring
PAD 2013Introduction to Public Policy 3
POL 1133 or 1213Texas Politics and Society (core) 3
Life & Physical Sciences core 3
Social & Behavioral Sciences core 3
Prescribed course (see degree requirement B) 3
Third Year
Fall
Component Area Option core 3
Prescribed course (see degree requirement B) 3
Prescribed course (see degree requirement B) 3
Prescribed course (see degree requirement B) 3
Upper-division support work 3
Spring
Elective 3
Elective 3
Prescribed course (see degree requirement B) 3
Upper-division support work 3
Upper-division support work 3
Fourth Year
Fall
Elective 3
Elective 3
Prescribed course (see degree requirement B) 3
Upper-division support work 3
Upper-division support work 3
Spring
PAD 4853Contemporary Issues in Public Administration 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
Prescribed course (see degree requirement B) 3
Upper-division support work 3
 Total Credit Hours: 120.0

Minor in Civic Engagement

The Minor in Civic Engagement is designed as an interdisciplinary minor that is open to all majors in the University. All students pursuing the Minor in Civic Engagement must complete 18 semester credit hours. The Diversity of Communities courses provide students with an opportunity to become competent in a variety of cultural and environmental influences in our society. The Civic Infrastructure courses provide students the opportunity to become competent in the institutions, structures, and systems that affect our community. In addition to the required courses, students will choose two additional courses from each of these competency areas.

A. Required courses:6
Foundations of Civic Engagement
Civic Leadership Integrative Seminar
B. Electives:
Students must complete 12 hours of electives. Courses to satisfy the electives requirement are divided into two competencies: Diversity of Communities and Civic Infrastructure. Two courses must come from the Diversity of Communities competency and two courses must come from the Civic Infrastructure competency.
1. Diversity of Communities6
African American Cultural Experiences
Civil Rights Movement & African American Education
Modern American Culture
Applications of American Studies
Studies in Transnationalism
Studies in Race and Ethnicity
Studies in Gender and Sexuality
Anthropology and the Environment
Sex, Gender, and Culture
Media, Power, and Public Culture
Food, Culture, and Society
Mexican American Culture
Mexican Americans in the Southwest
The Woody Plants
Biology of Flowering Plants
Principles of Ecology
Plants and Society
FAME-Geriatrics
Intercultural Communication
Small Group Communication
Organizational Communication
Theory and Practice of Social Interaction
Restorative Justice
Race, Ethnicity, and Criminal Justice
Managing the Entrepreneurial Team
Biology of Flowering Plants
Conservation Biology
Restoration Ecology
Geography of Texas
Cultural Geography
Gender and Cities: An Introduction to Feminist Geography
History of San Antonio
History of the Civil Rights Movement
Survey of Drugs and Health
Community Health
Diversity, Equity, and the Social Sciences
Chicana/o Queer Communities, Identities and Theories
Mexican Americans in the Southwest
Mexican American Family
Understanding People and Organizations
Organizational Communication
Interpersonal Communication
Designing Organizations
Multicultural Marketing
Mexican American Politics
Women in Politics
Political Movements
Social Stratification
Race and Ethnic Relations
Families in Society
The Individual and Society
Latinas in U.S. Society
Poverty
Sociology of Gender
Sociology of the Mexican American Community
Mexican Immigration and U.S. Society
Culture and Society
Health Disparities
Feminist Theories
2. Civic Infrastructure6
Political and Legal Anthropology
The Anthropology of Cyber Cultures
Applied Anthropology
Housing Planning: Design and Development
Environmental Systems
Cultural and Linguistic Equity for Schooling
Conservation Biology
Wildlife Biology
Highway Engineering
Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
Water Resources Engineering
Water and Wastewater Treatment
Managing Criminal Justice Organizations
Community Corrections
Juvenile Justice
Economics of Antitrust and Regulation
Economics of Public and Social Issues
Environmental and Resource Economics
Economics of School System Reform
Commercialization and Enterprise Planning
Tools and Objectives of the Social Enterprise
Environmental Remediation
Watershed Processes
Environmental Law
Environmental Chemistry and Toxicology
Natural Resource Policy and Administration
Introduction to Sustainability
Renewable Energy
Waste Water Treatment
Environmental Toxicology
Environmental Assessment
Wildlife Management
Introduction to Geographic Information Systems
Population Geography
Urban Geography
Introduction to Urban Planning
Geography of Local Economic Activity
Conservation of Resources
Geography of Natural Hazards
Political Geography
Urban and Regional Analysis
Policy-Making Process
Politics of National Memory
Theories of Health Behavior
Worksite Health Promotion
Child and Adolescent Health Promotion
Program Planning and Evaluation
Environmental Health and Safety
Inquiry in Earth Systems Science
Training Management and the Warfighting Functions
and Training Management and the Warfighting Functions Laboratory
Applied Leadership in Small Unit Operations
and Applied Leadership in Small Unit Operations Laboratory
Company Grade Leadership
and Company Grade Leadership Laboratory
Practical Leadership
Introduction to Public Policy
Fundraising in Nonprofit Agencies
Introduction to Urban Management and Policy
Introduction to Nonprofit Agencies
Urban Economic Development
Managing Nonprofit Organizations
Politics and Policies of San Antonio and South Texas
Urban and Regional Planning
Minorities and the Law
Issues in Law and Society
Participation and American National Elections
Urban Development: Politics Planning, and Power
The Welfare State in Comparative Perspective
Social Change and Development
Religion and Society
Criminology
Gerontology
Population Dynamics and Demographic Techniques
Sociology of Education
Health Care System
Total Credit Hours18

Minor in Nonprofit Management

The Minor in Nonprofit Management is open to students in any ­discipline. The Minor in Nonprofit Management provides the opportunity for students to learn the characteristics of the nonprofit sector, the purpose of the nonprofit sector in American society, and basic management and fundraising techniques. Students will be provided the opportunity to prepare themselves for leadership positions in social service, youth, environmental, health, arts, senior and other nonprofit organizations.

All required and prescribed (elective) public administration (PAD) courses must be completed with a grade of "C-" or better.

All students seeking the Minor in Nonprofit Management must complete 18 semester credit hours.

A. Required courses:9
Fundraising in Nonprofit Agencies
Introduction to Nonprofit Agencies
Managing Nonprofit Organizations
B. 9 semester credit hours selected from the courses listed below:9
Introduction to Public Policy
Foundations of Civic Engagement
Introduction to Urban Management and Policy
Public and Nonprofit Financial Management
Urban Economic Development
Civic Leadership Integrative Seminar
Strategic Planning in the Public and Nonprofit Sectors
Politics and Policies of San Antonio and South Texas
Urban and Regional Planning
Introduction to Public Law
Study Abroad: International Public Administration
Internship in Public Administration (prior approval required)
Internship in Public Administration (prior approval required)
Special Topics in Public Administration
Total Credit Hours18

Students should not take PAD 4933 Internship in Public Administration or PAD 4936 Internship in Public Administration until they have completed 9 hours in the minor. To declare a Minor in Nonprofit Management, obtain advice, obtain lists of relevant courses, or seek approval of substitutions for course requirements, students should consult with their academic advisor.

Minor in Public Administration

The Minor in Public Administration is open to students in any discipline. The minor provides undergraduate students with foundational knowledge of the public sector. This includes fundamentals of public leadership and management, the meaning of public service in a diverse society, ethical decision-making, and the practice of policy formation and implementation. All students seeking the Minor in Public Administration must complete 18 semester credit hours. 

All required and prescribed (elective) public administration (PAD) courses must be completed with a grade of "C-" or better.

A. Required courses:
All students seeking the Minor in Public Administration must complete the following 9 semester credit hours:9
Public Administration in American Society
Introduction to Public Policy
Foundations of Civic Engagement
B. 9 upper-division semester credit hours selected from the courses listed below:9
Fundraising in Nonprofit Agencies
Introduction to Urban Management and Policy
Introduction to Nonprofit Agencies
Public and Nonprofit Financial Management
Urban Economic Development
Civic Leadership Integrative Seminar
Managing Nonprofit Organizations
Strategic Planning in the Public and Nonprofit Sectors
Politics and Policies of San Antonio and South Texas
Urban and Regional Planning
Introduction to Public Law
Analysis and Assessment for Public Administration
Study Abroad: International Public Administration
Independent Study (prior approval required)
Independent Study (prior approval required)
Internship in Public Administration (prior approval required)
Internship in Public Administration (prior approval required)
Special Topics in Public Administration
Honors Thesis (prior approval required)
Total Credit Hours18

To declare a Minor in Public Administration, obtain advice, obtain lists of relevant courses, or seek approval of substitutions for course requirements, students should consult with their academic advisor.

Public Administration (PAD) Courses

PAD 1113. Public Administration in American Society. (3-0) 3 Credit Hours.

This functions as the general introductory course in public administration. The management of government bureaucracies including organization, human resources, career systems, and financing is discussed. There is a discussion of the role of bureaucracies in modern society in the formulation and implementation of public policy. May be applied toward the Core Curriculum requirement in the Component Area Option. Generally offered: Fall, Spring.

PAD 2013. Introduction to Public Policy. (3-0) 3 Credit Hours.

The course introduces students to the different aspects of public policy in the U.S. political context. Topics may include agenda setting, policy formulation, implementation, analysis, and evaluation. (Formerly PAD 3013. Credit cannot be earned for both PAD 3013 and PAD 2013.) Generally offered: Fall, Spring.

PAD 2073. Foundations of Civic Engagement. (3-0) 3 Credit Hours.

This foundational course provides students with an understanding of civic participation, civic literacy and the necessary skill set for completion of the minor. It is designed to guide students in making links between their major area of study and the communities in which they work and live in order to help prepare students for a lifetime of responsible citizenship and civic engagement.

PAD 3003. Fundraising in Nonprofit Agencies. (3-0) 3 Credit Hours.

Examines methods, techniques, and directed experience in fundraising for nonprofit agencies. Explores relationships with umbrella organizations, government funding, grantsmanship, budget control, and accountability. (Formerly NPO 3003. Credit cannot be earned for both PAD 3003 and NPO 3003.).

PAD 3023. Introduction to Urban Management and Policy. (3-0) 3 Credit Hours.

This course will introduce students to the basic concepts of the management of urban municipalities. Topics to be covered may include leadership in urban settings; organizational structure and change; delivery of urban services, particularly in a diverse urban environment; and policy issues in urban settings. Generally offered: Fall, Spring.

PAD 3033. Introduction to Nonprofit Agencies. (3-0) 3 Credit Hours.

This survey course introduces the nonprofit sector and core competencies required by nonprofit leaders. The role of nonprofit organizations in civil society frames the course, in particular, how the nonprofit sector is different from the public and private sectors. The state of the sector, and fundamental principles and practices required by nonprofit managers are explored, including creating a nonprofit, basics of fundraising, marketing, volunteer management, program development, and evaluation. Group and individual projects, service learning, research conducted for specific nonprofit agencies, oral presentations, networking, and construction of a portfolio of nonprofit work experiences and deliverables may be utilized. (Same as NPO 3013. Credit cannot be earned for both PAD 3033 and NPO 3013.) Generally offered: Fall, Spring.

PAD 3043. Public and Nonprofit Financial Management. (3-0) 3 Credit Hours.

This course introduces students to the principles of financial management for public and nonprofit organizations. The public financial management component of the course will cover issues at the federal, state, and local levels of government. Topics will include budgeting, financial reporting, revenue streams, tax equity, stakeholder relations, and accountability. Generally offered: Spring.

PAD 3053. Urban Economic Development. (3-0) 3 Credit Hours.

This course examines the factors contributing to the economic growth or decline of U.S. cities or regions and the role of local government in shaping economic development policies and economic change. It reviews the impact of public sector incentives and the outcomes of public-private partnerships through case studies of a variety of urban areas.

PAD 3073. Civic Leadership Integrative Seminar. (3-0) 3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: PAD 2073. This course is the capstone course for the Minor in Civic Engagement. It will engage students, actively in the San Antonio community through a service-learning experience.

PAD 3113. Managing Nonprofit Organizations. (3-0) 3 Credit Hours.

This course focuses on understanding the nature and role of public and nonprofit organizations. The course explores strategies for preserving and maximizing the public value of public and nonprofit organizations through the analysis of ethics, human behavior and motivation, organizational diagnosis, and management decision making. The structure, processes, environments, and purpose of the public and nonprofit sectors, and how to maximize organizational performance, are emphasized.

PAD 3123. Strategic Planning in the Public and Nonprofit Sectors. (3-0) 3 Credit Hours.

This course introduces the basic concepts of strategic planning and management in public and nonprofit organizations. The course covers a variety of topics such as formulation of mission and vision statements, identification of organizational goals, analysis of external environment and organizational context, strategic issue analysis, strategy development, implementation, and control. Students learn some analytical tools such as SWOT. Case studies are utilized to help students develop critical skills in analyzing and solving strategic problems. Generally offered: Fall.

PAD 3133. Politics and Policies of San Antonio and South Texas. (3-0) 3 Credit Hours.

The San Antonio area has been shaped and built by an array of decisions, public and private. This course will examine the history and development of the area and the political, social, and economic forces that have defined the local policymaking process by city, county, and special purpose governments. Topics may include fiscal policy, public investment policies, urban revitalization, and transportation.

PAD 3143. Urban and Regional Planning. (3-0) 3 Credit Hours.

This course will explore the fundamental concepts of urban and regional planning, including various planning tools and social and political issues related to planning. A wide variety of topics will be covered, including physical planning, transportation, housing, land use, urban redevelopment, and historic preservation. The course will tackle planning both as a community process and a professional activity. The evolution of planning concepts within the framework of the American political structure will be addressed. Generally offered: Spring.

PAD 3153. Introduction to Public Law. (3-0) 3 Credit Hours.

This course covers the legal framework for creating and implementing public policy, at all governmental levels. It includes an overview of the authority of legislative bodies to formulate laws and policies, as well as the rules that govern the implementation of these laws and policies by administrative bodies. The course will also cover the authority of courts to review and/or overturn laws and policies. (Formerly titled "Legal Context of Public Policy and Administration").

PAD 3163. Analysis and Assessment for Public Administration. (3-0) 3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: Any 3-semester-credit-hour Mathematics core course. This course will introduce students to the nature and practice of evaluation in the public and nonprofit sectors, and to the basic skills necessary to understand and conduct such evaluations. This course covers collecting, organizing, analyzing, and presenting information. (Formerly PAD 2153. Credit cannot be earned for both PAD 3163 and PAD 2153.) Generally offered: Spring.

PAD 4843. Study Abroad: International Public Administration. (3-0) 3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. A lecture/seminar course associated with a study abroad program related to the study and practice of comparative governance. Involves international travel and field trips. May be repeated for credit when the destination country varies.

PAD 4853. Contemporary Issues in Public Administration. (3-0) 3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: Should be taken in the semester of graduation or with consent of instructor. This is the capstone course for the Bachelor of Public Administration degree and will involve a major writing assignment and/or presentation. Specific topics to be covered will vary by semester. Generally offered: Fall, Spring.

PAD 4911. Independent Study. (0-0) 1 Credit Hour.

Prerequisite: Prior approval required. Independent Study Course Form (available in the department or college advising center) signed by the instructor, the student’s undergraduate advisor, Department Chair, and Dean of the College of Public Policy. Independent reading, research, discussion, and/or writing under the direction of a faculty member. May be repeated once for credit, but not more than 6 semester credit hours of independent study, regardless of discipline, will apply to a bachelor’s degree.

PAD 4913. Independent Study. (0-0) 3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: Prior approval required. Independent Study Course Form (available in the department or college advising center) signed by the instructor, the student’s undergraduate advisor, Department Chair, and Dean of the College of Public Policy. Independent reading, research, discussion, and/or writing under the direction of a faculty member. May be repeated once for credit, but not more than 6 semester credit hours of independent study, regardless of discipline, will apply to a bachelor’s degree.

PAD 4933. Internship in Public Administration. (0-0) 3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisites: PAD 1113, PAD 3163, and either PAD 3023 or PAD 3033; Prior approval of Public Administration Internship Coordinator is required. Supervised experience in an administrative setting that provides the opportunity to integrate theory and practice in public or nonprofit-related agencies. May be repeated for credit in a subsequent semester when agency setting varies, but not more than 6 semester credit hours will apply to a bachelor’s degree. Generally offered: Fall, Spring, Summer.

PAD 4936. Internship in Public Administration. (0-0) 6 Credit Hours.

Prerequisites: PAD 1113, PAD 3163, and either PAD 3023 or PAD 3033; Prior approval of Public Administration Internship Coordinator is required. Supervised experience in an administrative setting that provides the opportunity to integrate theory and practice in public or nonprofit-related agencies. May be repeated for credit in a subsequent semester when agency setting varies, but not more than 6 semester credit hours will apply to a bachelor’s degree.

PAD 4963. Special Topics in Public Administration. (3-0) 3 Credit Hours.

An organized course offering the opportunity for specialized study not normally or not often available as part of regular course offerings. Special Topics may be repeated for credit when topics vary, but not more than 6 semester credit hours, regardless of discipline, will apply to a bachelor’s degree. (Formerly titled "Special Topics in Urban Management Policy").

PAD 4993. Honors Thesis. (0-0) 3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: Enrollment limited to candidates for Honors in Public Administration during the last two semesters; completion of honors examination and approval by the honors program coordinator. Supervised research and preparation of an honors thesis. May be repeated once with advisor’s approval.