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College of Policy and Legal Studies

Bachelor of Science

Public Policy and Administration

PPA-BS

Program Leadership Information

Susan Demers, Dean, CL, (727) 791-2501

Program Summary

The goal of this program is to prepare students for the dynamic nature of public policy and administration by providing critical thinking and problem solving techniques enabling them to make sound decisions and influence policy that may affect organizations, communities, a whole state or the entire nation.

Graduates will be prepared to use advanced critical thinking and analytical skills to effectively problem solve a myriad of issues commensurate with a changing world and its demand for accountability. Students will demonstrate the advanced knowledge and tools necessary to:
o Evaluate and design public policy
o Enhance the appropriate use of communication and negotiation skills within the structure and processes of government
o Use the technical skills and political astuteness required of a public policy/administration professional
o Demonstrate the management and leadership qualities of a public policy/administration professional who can readily anticipate issues and demonstrate the ability to adapt to governments that are in a constant state of flux.



The requirements shown below are valid beginning Fall 2014 (490), and may not reflect degree requirements for current students. Current students should visit My SPC and view My Learning Plan to see specific degree requirements for their effective term.

Admission Rules

UPPER DIVISION REQUIREMENTS
Admission requires an A.A. Degree and completion of the state-mandated prerequisites listed below .

GRADE OF "C" OR HIGHER REQUIRED FOR ALL COURSES

Graduation Rules

GRADE OF "C" OR HIGHER REQUIRED FOR ALL COURSES

FOREIGN LANGUAGE REQUIREMENT: If you have not completed two consecutive years of the same foreign language in high school or 8 credits in college, you will need to complete 8 credits of foreign language before completing the B.S. program.

STATE MANDATED PREREQUISITES
The following courses are required and may be used as part of the General Education Requirements

Computer Applications
3
Principles of Macroeconomics
3
OR
Honors Macroeconomics
3
American National Government
3

AA GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS

MAJOR CORE COURSES

Organizational Communication
3
Social Problems and Policy
3
Management of Information Systems
3
Public Personnel Management
3
Process Improvement Methodologies
3
Public Finance
3
Grant Administration & Resource Development
3
Administrative Law
3
Introduction to Public Policy and Administration
3
Policy Leadership
3
State and Local Government and Public Policy
3
Evaluating Public Policy (Research Methods I)
3
Policy Data Analysis (Research Methods II)
3
Policy and Ethics
3
Public Policy Capstone
3

MAJOR ELECTIVE COURSES
Select 15 credits

Diplomacy
3
Urban and Regional Planning
3
United States Constitutional Law
3
Mass Media & Public Policy
3
American Civic Life
3
Emergency and Crisis Communications
3
Public Policy and Administration Legal Research
3
Issues in International Policy
3
Public Policy and Negotiation
3
Public Policy and Administration Co-op Work Experience
3
120
Total Credits