Public Administration

Course descriptions are listed alphabetically by subject prefix.  Each course description begins with a three letter subject prefix followed by a three – digit course number and the course title. The number on the right of each course description gives the semester credit hours for that course. If a course includes laboratory or other special activities, that information is contained in the course description. Prerequisites are also listed. A prerequisite is a course, experience, or other required preparation that must be completed before the student is permitted to enroll in the course.

Subject Prefix and Course Number Course Name Semester Credit Hours Course Description Cross Listed Course Prerequisite
PUA 301 Public Budgeting Processes 3 An examination of the managerial components of budgetary processes in the government agencies. Not Applicable Not Applicable
PUA 302 Public Sector Management 3 A survey of the managerial issues in the government agencies including organization, personnel, budget, political accountability, clientele relations, and human resources development. Not Applicable Not Applicable
PUA 303 Research Methods in Public
Administration
3 Application of social science research techniques to the problems of public
sector management. Development of analytical perspectives
in evaluating administrative research reports.
POS 301, SOC 301 PSY 300, POS 300,
SOC 300 or CJE 434, SOW
434 or consent of instructor
or instructor
PUA 304 Comparative Administrative Systems
and Policies
3 An analysis of public management in selected nations
with specific focus on the comparison of public policies,
programs, and their implementations.
Not Applicable Not Applicable
PUA 305 Contemporary Public Policy Issues 3 An overview of selected public policy issues in America. The choice of topics may include tax policy,
health care, welfare, and foreign policy.
Not Applicable Not Applicable
PUA 322 Management Information Systems 3 This course examines
technical, psychological and behavioral aspects
of information systems, life cycles, and information controls.
Not Applicable COS 100 or BUA 101
PUA 371 Introduction to Public Health 3 A
survey course that develops an understanding and appreciation
for factors affecting health status and its
contribution to individual and community health.
HED 371, SOW 371 HED 221 or consent of instructor
PUA 400 Policy Analysis and Program Evaluation 3 Analysis of the impact of programs and policies in the public sector. Not Applicable PUA 305 or consent of instructor
PUA 401 Organizational Behavior and the Bureaucratic Structure 3 A study of behavior in public organizations and practical use of organizational theories in effective public management. Not Applicable Not Applicable
PUA 402 Human Resources Management in
Public Agencies
3 An introduction to human resource management. The
topics may include recruitment, personnel development,
job analysis, productivity, employee assistance services, and grievance analysis.
Not Applicable Not Applicable
PUA 404 African Public Administration and
Policies
3 Compares the administrative system of Sub-Saharan
African countries in light of prevailing political, legal, economic, and cultural influences.
Not Applicable Not Applicable
PUA 491 Internship 3 Integrates theoretical perspectives with work as an intern in a public or non-profit setting. Not Applicable Declared major or minor in Public Administration;
not already employed full-time in the field; prior permission of the instructor.
PUA 495 Directed Study 3 An organized course of readings, oral and written reports, and examinations arranged by a faculty member whose areas of specialization coincides with the student’s interest. Not Applicable Senior classification or consent of the dean.
PUA 497 Special Topics 3 A seminar for the discussion of special topics in public administration. May be repeated once. Not Applicable Senior classification or consent of instructor.
PUA 499 Senior Seminar 3 A capstone experience for public administration
majors. The seminar will integrate theory and
research with practice
Not Applicable PUA 302, PUA 303, PUA 305, and PUA 400, or consent of the dean.
PUA 500 Perspectives on Public
Administration
3 Provides conceptual perspectives on management in
the public sector. Topics covered include public policy, organization theory, management, planning, financial management, leadership, and intergovernmental
relations.
Not Applicable Not Applicable
PUA 501 Quantitative Methods 3 A study of statistical measures from a managerial perspective
and the use of social science package computer programs for doing statistical analyses.
Not Applicable Not Applicable
PUA 503 Research Methods and Policy Analysis 3 An
introduction to skills and concepts useful for research involving analysis and evaluation of public policy and programs.
Not Applicable PUA 501 or consent of instructor
PUA 504 Organization Theory 3 Surveys the theories of complex organizations. Special emphasis will be placed on theories dealing with public bureaucracies. Not Applicable Not Applicable
PUA 505 Information Management for the Public Sector 3 Develops understanding of computer systems and networks. Instills awareness of public sector information
management issues such as privacy, security, and accessibility.
Not Applicable Not Applicable
PUA 506 Human Resource Management in
the Public Sector
3 Provides students with an overview of personnel management
concepts and focuses on various functions
and laws which comprise the public personnel management.
Not Applicable Not Applicable
PUA 605 Public Sector Economics 3 This course provides an introduction to microeconomics
and macroeconomics. Emphasis is on the
leading indicators and the institutions which shape public policy.
Not Applicable Not Applicable
PUA 606 Fundraising and Grantsmanship 3 Explores the techniques associated with fundraising for government and nonprofit organizations. The course includes an analysis of grant writing, special event, and direct donations. Not Applicable Not Applicable
PUA 607 Budgeting in Government Agencies 3 Applies budgetary principles and theories to the actual preparation of sample budget documents in the local, state, and federal agencies. Critical analysis of budget
documents carried out in a series of classroom exercises. Use of computer program in budget preparation will be introduced.
Not Applicable Not Applicable
PUA 612 Human Resource Law 3 Introduces students to varying regulations and concepts with which they must deal in administering the personnel functions of an organization. Not Applicable PUA 506
PUA 614 Applied Human Relations 3 Applies human relations theory and practice to the
public sector to develop a people-in-systems focus that will meet the needs of government workers.
Not Applicable Not Applicable
PUA 616 Current Topics in Public Sector Human Resource Management 3 Examines changes taking place in Human Resource Management in the public sector. May be repeated twice Not Applicable Not Applicable
PUA 633 Seminar on Development Administration 3 Critically examines ways in which governmental, nongovernmental,
and international aid organizations provide
assistance to developing countries.
Not Applicable Not Applicable
PUA 634 Political and Administrative
Development
3 Develops theoretical understanding by examining
processes through which political and administrative
development occur. Utilizes this perspective to analyze contemporary challenges confronting developing nations.
Not Applicable Not Applicable
PUA 635 Globalization and Development 3 Examines controversies concerning globalization from the perspectives of both wealthy and development nations. Not Applicable Not Applicable
PUA 636 Current Topics in International
Development
3 Examines issues taking place in development nations,
or involving interactions between wealth and developing societies. May be repeated twice.
Not Applicable Not Applicable
PUA 645 Seminar in Nonprofit Management and
Community Development
3 An introduction to management issues in nonprofit
organizations and the community development process.
The course looks at economic, cultural, and social issues in underdeveloped communities.
Not Applicable Not Applicable
PUA 648 Current Topics in Non-Profit Administration 3 Examines changes taking place in the management of
non-profit organizations. May be repeated twice.
Not Applicable Not Applicable
PUA 685 Ethics for Public Sector Management 3 Enables students to recognize ethical dilemmas in
public sector management, develop their skills of ethical
analysis, and to be aware of their own personal moral judgments.
Not Applicable Not Applicable
PUA 687 Advanced Topics in Public
Administration
3 Focus on issues of current interest in the public sector.
Topics include the determination, review, and analysis of timely public affairs topics. May be repeated twice.
Not Applicable Not Applicable
PUA 689 Directed Study 3 Completion of approved project designed to provide
the student with an opportunity to develop an area of
expertise not covered by the regular curriculum. May be repeated once.
Not Applicable Presentation in writing of a detailed study plan, permission of the instructor who will direct the work, and approval by the academic unit head.
PUA 691 Human Resource Management Seminar 3 Applied public sector personnel
management as viewed from the theoretical,
legal, and practical perspective. Special emphasis on the development of personnel policies and plans.
Not Applicable PUA 506
PUA 699 Internship in Public Administration 3 Integrates theoretical perspectives with work as an intern in a public or non-profit setting Not Applicable Not already employed full-time in the field; prior permission of the instructor
PUA 797 Residence Credit for Thesis/
Professional Project
0 MPA students who have already earned 6 semester
credit hours in PUA 798 and 799 may be registered for
this course which will enable them to use university resources for research.
Not Applicable Not Applicable
PUA 799 Thesis 0 Independent and original research on a specialized topic in Public Administration.
Oral defense is required. May be repeated once.
Not Applicable Previous approval by a Public Administration
faculty committee.