Public Administration Concentration
B.A., B.S. degrees               

A Public Administration Concentration consists of 33 hours.

Required Courses (18 hours)
  • PSC 100 (3) Introduction to Political Science (Group III-B)
  • PSC 105 (3) Introduction to American Government and Politics (Group III-B)
  • PSC 210 (3) Introduction to Public Administration
  • PSC 280 (3) Introduction to Empirical Methods of Political Research
  • PSC 313 (3) Budgetary Processes in the United States
  • PSC 411 (3) Public Sector Human Resources and Organization Theory
Other Requirements (3 hours)

Select one of the following capstone experiences:

  • PSC 390 (1-6)Spec  Independent Study 
  • PSC 395 (1-12)Spec  Internship in Government and Politics

Note:  PSC 395 is required for students without any relevant PA experience. Student must have completed 56 hours or more.  Students with previous relevant PA experience may select an Independent Study (PSC 390) with permission of the Internship Director.

Field I (0-3 hours)

American National Political Institutions and Processes

Select from the following courses:

  • PSC 101 (3) Political Behavior (Group III-A)
  • PSC 125 (3) African-American Politics (Group IV-C)
  • PSC 320 (3) The American Legislative Process
  • PSC 321 (3) The American Chief Executive
  • PSC 322 (3) Judicial Process and Politics
  • PSC 323 (3) American Parties and Politics
  • PSC 325 (3) The Civil Rights Movement (Group IV-C)
  • PSC 326 (3) Women and Politics (Group IV-A)
  • PSC 327 (3) Lobbying and Interest Group Behavior
  • PSC 328 (3) Campaigns and Elections
  • PSC 421 (3) Constitutional Law:  Powers of Government
  • PSC 422 (3) Constitutional Law: Civil Rights and Liberties
  • PSC 520 (3) American National Government and Politics

Note:  If you select 3 from this group, you don not need to select 3 from the American State and Local Government, Public Administration and Policy courses below.

 Field II (0-3 hours)

American State and Local Government, Public Administration and Policy 

Select from the following courses:

  • PSC 261 (3) State and Local Government (Group III-B)
  • PSC 300 (3) Michigan Politics and Elections
  • PSC 301 (3) Law and Policy in Michigan State Government
  • PSC 514 (3) American Public Policy Making
  • PSC 516 (3) Environmental Politics and Policy
  • PSC 522 (3) Regulatory Processes and Administrative Law
  • PSC 561 (3) American State Government and Administration
  • PSC 563 (3) Politics and Policy in Urban Communities
  • PSC 565 (3) Managing Modern Local Government
  • PSC 566 (3) Intergovernmental Relations in the United States
  • PSC 585 (3) Computer Applications for Public Administrators

Note:  If you select 3 from this group, you don not need to select 3 from the American National Political Institutions and Processes  courses above.

Field III (3 hours)

International Relations

Select one of the following courses:

  • PSC 150 (3) World Politics (Group III-B)
  • PSC 151 (3) The US and the World (Group III-B)
  • PSC 351 (3) International Relations
  • PSC 352 (3) US-Latin American Relations
  • PSC 453 (3) American Foreign Policy
  • PSC 551 (3) Seminar in International Relations
  • PSC 555 (3) International Law I
Field IV (3 hours)

Comparative Politics

Select one of the following courses:

  • PSC 242 (3) Introduction to Comparative Politics (Group III-B)
  • PSC 340 (3) African Political Systems and Processes (Group IV-B)
  • PSC 341 (3) Comparative Politics: Eastern Europe (Group IV-B)
  • PSC 343 (3) Southeast Asian Political Systems and Processes (Group IV-B)
  • PSC 344 (3) East Asian Political Systems and Processes (Group IV-B)
  • PSC 345 (3) Middle Eastern Political Systems (Group IV-B)
  • PSC 346 (3) The Politics of Islam
  • PSC 347 (3) Comparative Politics: Western Europe (Group IV-B)
  • PSC 348 (3) Latin American Political Systems (Group IV-B)
  • PSC 515 (3) Comparative Public Policy
  • PSC 540 (3) Cultural Heritage and Politics of Eastern Europe
Field V (3 hours)

Political Theory or Methodology

Select one of the following courses:

  • PSC 275 (3) Great Political Thinkers (Group I-A)
  • PSC 371 (3) American Political Thought (Group I-A)
  • PSC 372 (3) American Radical Thought
  • PSC 375 (3) Socialism, Fascism, and Liberalism (Group IV-A)
  • PSC 378 (3) Modern Democratic Theory (Group I-A)
  • PSC 426 (3) Feminist Theory
  • PSC 583 (3) Survey Research
Total: 33 semester hours
 
  • A minimum of 15 hours of PSC coursework must be at the 300 level or above, with at least one course at the 400-500 level.
  • PSC 405 cannot be used to fulfill this requirement.