Public Administration

The Public Administration Department provides education and a bachelor's degree in public administration that equips students with knowledge and skills essential for careers in government and non-profit organizations or further studies.

Staff

Dr. Igwe E. Udeh
Interim Chair
CBA Building, Suite 212
504-286-5330
iudeh@suno.edu


Shelina T. Gethers
Administrative Assistant
CBA Building, Suite 109
504-286-5141
sgethers@suno.edu

Assistant Professors:

Dr. Biruk Alemayehu and Dr. Patricia B. Robertson

Vision

The Bachelor of Arts degree program in Public Administration provides students with a general foundation in the nature of the public workplace and its political and legal environments. This major prepares students for professional employment and leadership in government and nonprofit organizations. The program provides specialized training in management and management-related skills. 

The Public Administration program addresses issues of governance, organization and policy in a democratic society and provides students with the skills required for successful executive and administrative careers in public service and nonprofit agencies. By combining a broad liberal arts training with discipline-specific coursework, the Public Administration program introduces many of the skills necessary for professional participation in public service, including critical thinking, effective speaking and writing, understanding of budgets and financial statements, research and analytical capabilities. The vision of the program includes preparing students for careers in public service; preparing students for further studies; and helping students to become better participants in the democratic process. The program will:
  1. Prepare students for productive, fulfilling careers in public and nonprofit administration, especially in federal, state and local governments.
  2. Promote an understanding and appreciation of the functions and value of government in the society.
  3. Contribute to the improvement of governance and societal institutions.

Goals & Objectives

  1. Student will demonstrate an  understanding of the importance of ethics and its application in the decision-making process.
    • Student is able to differentiate between what is ethical and what is unethical.
  2. Student is able to apply effective communication skills in a professional environment.
    • Student is able to prepare and deliver an effective presentation.
    • Student is able to produce well written documents.
  3. Student is able to demonstrate ability to analyze and solve problems in an organizational setting.
    • Student will apply discipline-based principles in addressing organizational problems.
  4. Student will understand the importance of technology and its application in organizations.
    • Student will understand available technology.
    • Student will use available technological tools in various tasks.

Major

The Public Administration curriculum consists of 42 hours of  General Education courses, 51 hours of Administrative Core courses, and 27 hours of courses in the major. These courses provides students with the knowledge of:
  • The political culture of public work
  • The economic environment of the public sector
  • The legal environment of the public sector
  • Organization theories
  • Management theories
  • Management and public accountability best practices
  • Policy operationalization processes
A Bachelor of Arts degree in Public Administration requires 120 semester credit hours, which are distributed as follows:

General Education    42 Hours 
 • Freshman Assembly/Survival Skills   1
 •  English Composition (ENGL 111 &  6
 •  Mathematics (Math 151 & 232)  6
 •  Natural Science (BIOL and CHEM)  11
 •  Humanities (HIST 210/220 & ENGL 203  6
 •  Fine Arts (FIAR 101)  3
 •  Social/Behavioral Science (SOCL & PSYC)  6
 •  Computer Literacy (CISP 164)  3 

Administrative Core    51 Hours 
 • ACCT 201,202 Accounting Principles   6
 • ECON 211, 222 Economic Principles  6
 • MATH 250 Elementary Statistics  3
 • POLI 110 American Government   3
 • POLI 210 State & Local Government  3
 • Intro & Advanced Foreign Language   6
 • ENGL 260 Professional Technical Writing   3
 • SOCL 347 Quantitative Research Method   3
 • COMM 210 Fundamental of Speech    3
 • ACCT 310 Governmental Accounting   3
 • ECON 402 Public Finance   3
 • ECON 412 State & Local Govt. Finance    3 
 • GEOG 110 Survey of Regional Geography    3 
 • Free Elective   3

Courses in the Major    27 Hours 
 • PADM 250 Intro to Public Admin   3
 • PADM 301 Organization Theory  3
 • PADM 310 Public Personnel Administration   3
 • PADM 320 Managing Municipal Services  3
 • PADM 385 Governmental  Budgeting    3
 • PADM 400 Ethics in Public Service   3
 • PADM 405 Public Policy & Administration   3
 • PADM 415 Administrative Law  3
 • PADM 425 Public Service Internship   3
     
 Total   120 Hours 

In addition, the Public Administration curriculum heightens students critical, analytical and communication skills through case studies and exercises. The capstone requirement of a public service internship demands integration of knowledge from both general studies and major studies by focusing students on specific cases and work place applications.





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