Earn A bachelor's degree in public policy and administration

SPC's bachelor's degree in Public Policy and Administration prepares you to make decisions and influence a wide variety of public policies. You learn the ins and outs of policy making and how to become a leader. You also gain strong skills in policy analysis so you can design effective policies.

This academic program prepares you for the following careers. All job data is provided by the U.S. Department of Labor.

Administrative Services Managers

Salary Data

Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL MSA Average

Florida Average

Projected employment for Florida

2016 Employment

10,990

2026

13,170

Percent Change

20

Projected Job Openings

1170

Legislators

Salary Data

Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL MSA Average

Florida Average

Projected employment for Florida

2016 Employment

1,680

2026

1,890

Percent Change

13

Projected Job Openings

140

Urban and Regional Planners

Salary Data

Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL MSA Average

Florida Average

Projected employment for Florida

2016 Employment

1,990

2026

2,430

Percent Change

22

Projected Job Openings

220

SKILLS you learn in the Public Policy and Administration B.S. Degree

  • Structure and processes of the government
  • Economics of public administration
  • Evolution of law and policy
  • Tools used to implement policy
  • How public policy is created and implemented
  • Goals of public policy
  • Methods and tools used to evaluate and design policy
  • The role of the private sector in developing and implementing public policy

Public Policy and Administration Bachelor of Science

PPA-BS

Effective Beginning Catalog Term: Fall 2019 (565)

The requirements shown below are valid beginning Fall 2019 (565), 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.



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 which will enable them to make sound decisions and influence policy affecting organizations, communities, a whole state or the entire nation.

Graduates will be prepared to use advanced critical thinking and analytical skills to effectively solve the myriad problems which arise in a changing world and comply with modern demands for accountability. Students will demonstrate the advanced knowledge and tools necessary to:
o Evaluate and design public policy
o Apply the appropriate 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 Academic Pathway is a tool for students that lists the following items:
o the recommended order in which to take the program courses
o suggested course when more than one option exists
o which semester each course is typically offered
o if the course has a prerequisite
o courses that may lead to a certificate (if offered in the program)

If you are starting the program this term, click here to access the recommended Academic Pathway.

If you have already started the program, click here for the archived Academic Pathways.

Please verify the Academic Pathway lists your correct starting semester.

Florida CIP Code

1104404011: PUBLIC POLICY & ADMINISTRATION (BS)

Federal CIP Code

44.0401: Public Administration.


Admission Rules

Admission requires completion of sixty (60) college-level credits in a related discipline, including 15 credits of transferable general education courses, and completion of the state-mandated prerequisites listed below with a grade of "C" or better.

Graduation Rules

GRADE OF "C" OR HIGHER REQUIRED FOR ALL COURSES

All students must complete the 36 credit general education requirement in order to graduate from this program. A.S. degree holders may need to complete an additional 15-21 general education credits to complete the thirty-six (36) credit hour general education requirement.(FLA. STAT. SS 1007.25 (9) (2017)

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.

ADMISSIONS COURSES
A.A. Degree or A.S. Degree

ADMISSIONS COURSES
ADDITIONAL GENERAL EDUCATION COURSES - Grade of "C" or higher

A. COMMUNICATIONS 9
B. HUMANITIES/FINE ARTS 6
C. MATHEMATICS 6
D. NATURAL & PHYSICAL SCIENCES 6
E. SOCIAL AND BEHAVIORAL SCIENCES 6
F. ETHICS 3
G. COMPUTER/INFORMATION LITERACY COMPETENCY
H. ENHANCED WORLD VIEW

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

CGS 1100 Computer Applications 3
POS 2041 American National Government 3
(Select one Economics course)
ECO 2013 Principles of Macroeconomics 3
OR
ECO 2023 Principles of Microeconomics 3

MAJOR CORE COURSES
Complete 45 credits

** PUP 3002 Introduction to Public Policy and Administration 3
ISM 3011 Management Information Systems 3
MAN 3301 Public Personnel Management 3
MAN 4584 Process Improvement Methodologies 3
PAD 4204 Public Finance 3
PAD 4232 Grant Administration & Resource Development 3
PAD 4603 Administrative Law 3
POS 3235 Mass Media & Public Policy 3
PUP 3040 State and Local Government and Public Policy 3
PUP 3033 Policy Leadership 3
PUP 3043 Evaluating Public Policy (Research Methods I) 3
PUP 3046 Policy Data Analysis (Research Methods II) 3
PUP 3054 Policy and Ethics 3
PUP 3823 Emergency and Crisis Communications 3
PUP 4941 Public Policy Capstone 3

MAJOR ELECTIVE COURSES
Select 15 credits

COM 3120 Organizational Communication 3
EDF 3660 Education and Public Policy in the United States 3
HUS 4561 Social Problems and Policy 3
INR 4030 Diplomacy 3
MAN 4102 Managing Cultural Diversity 3
PAD 3330 Urban and Regional Planning 3
PLA 3885 United States Constitutional Law 3
POS 3272 American Civic Life 3
PUP 3023 Public Policy and Administration Legal Research 3
PUP 3052 Issues in International Policy 3
PUP 3055 Public Policy and Negotiation 3
PUP 4949 Public Policy and Administration Co-op Work Experience 3

** It is highly recommended that students enroll in PUP 3002 in the first term of their program.

Total Credits 120

Admission requirements

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