Public Administration

Policy Analysis ∙ Budgeting ∙ Management ∙ Program Evaluation ∙ Finance ∙ Ethics

Effective, honest government is essential at all levels of society and in all nations. Public executives manage public agencies, develop and execute budgets, and create and analyze programs and policies. The decisions government administrators make can transform communities, states, and nations into better and more prosperous places to live. The issues dealt with are complex and challenging, requiring skills in analysis, organization, budgeting, finance, communications, leadership, and others.

Graduates with a concentration or minor in Public Administration are prepared to serve as career executives in local, state/provincial, and federal/national governments, as well as in non-governmental organizations (NGO), non-profit agencies, and consulting firms in the United States and internationally.

Below are the medium salaries for occupations requiring an degree in Public Administration

  • Assistant City Manager - $73,799
  • Executive Director - $70,189
  • Director, Non-profit Organization - $60,518

Requirements for the B.S. in Political Science with a concentration in Public Administration

42 s.h., including completion of all requirements for the major (except for the six elective PSC courses), PSC 2010, 3450, 4200, 4700, ACC 2510, and any two of the following: ECO 2610, LSS 3000, PHI 3200, WRI 3300, OCL 3600, LAW 3700, LAW 3900, or PSC 4300. With the approval of the Department Chair, other appropriate courses may be substituted within the Public Administration sequence.

Requirements for the B.A. in Political Science with a concentration in Public Administration

Same as above plus foreign language courses in one language through the 2020-level or demonstration of competence.

Requirements for the minor in Public Administration

18 s.h. comprised of PSC 1510, 2010, 3330, 3450, 4200, and ACC 2510.

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Program Faculty & Staff

Christopher Cronin, Associate Professor of Political Science

Christopher Cronin

Associate Professor of Political Science
(910) 630-7665
Kevin Hight, Adjunct Instructor of Political Science

Kevin Hight

Adjunct Instructor of Political Science
Boyd Parsons, Adjunct Instructor of Political Science

Boyd Parsons

Adjunct Instructor of Political Science
Gerald Seifert, Adjunct Instructor of Political Science

Gerald Seifert

Adjunct Instructor of Political Science
Frank Trapp, Professor of Political Science

Frank Trapp

Professor of Political Science
(910) 630-7070
Andrew Ziegler, Jr., Professor of Political Science; Director of the Tally Center for Leadership Development

Andrew Ziegler, Jr.

Chair, Political Science
(910) 630-7488
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