Bachelor of Public Administration (B.P.A.) Major in Public Administration

Minimum required: 120 semester credit hours

General Requirements

  1. The general education core curriculum courses are listed in the degree plan below along with the statewide component code number. See the General Education Core Curriculum section of this catalog for the Texas State requirements and options in the core curriculum, including Honors courses.

  2. Majors must select a minor from the approved list of Undergraduate Minors.
  3. Majors must complete a minimum of 36 advanced hours (3000 or 4000 level courses).
  4. Nine hours of writing intensive (WI) courses are required for graduation.
  5. The Bachelor of Public Administration (B.P.A.) degree with a major in Public Administration requires the following 36 hours of Political Science courses:
    POSI 3301Basic Political Institutions3
    POSI 3316Introduction to Public Administration3
    POSI 3318Public Personnel Administration3
    POSI 3328Public Finance Administration3
    POSI 3377Analytical Techniques3
    POSI 4322Public Policy Formulation3
    POSI 4381Internship in Public Administration3
    or POSI 4397 Research in Public Administration
    Advanced Public Administration Electives (choose five of the following)15
    State and Local Government
    Metropolitan Politics
    Comparative Public Administration
    Urban Policy and Administration
    Issues in Law and Public Policy
    Minority Politics
    Administrative Law
    Government and American Business
    Ethics in American Government
    Internship in Public Administration
    Research in Public Administration
    Total Hours36
  6. Majors are strongly encouraged, but not required, to choose their free electives from the following career support areas:
Local Government
POSI 3319Metropolitan Politics3
GEO 3310Urban Geography3
GEO 3320Community and Regional Planning3
POSI 4345American Foreign Policy3
POSI 4356International Law3
POSI 4357International Organization3
ECO 3317International Economics3
Social Services
SOCI 3328Complex Organizations3
SOWK 2375Social Services in the Community3
SOWK 4310Diversity and Social Justice in Social Work3
SOWK 4355Policy Practice3
Legal Services
POSI 3310Constitutional Law: Basic Structures and Principles3
POSI 3311Constitutional Law: Individual Liberties3
POSI 4304Issues in Law and Public Policy3
CJ 2360Fundamentals of Criminal Law3
Health Services
HA 3308Healthcare Organization3
HIM 3380Quality Improvement Regulations & Procedures for HIM3

      7.  Enrollment in POSI 4381 requires completion of 24 hours of Political Science courses, a Texas State GPA of 2.25, and a Major GPA of 2.25.

     8.  There is no foreign language requirement for those who have completed two years of the same foreign language in high school.

Course Requirements 

First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours
ENG 1310 (Communication Component Code 010)3ENG 1320 (Communication Component Code 010)3
US 11001HIST 1310 (American History Component Code 060)3
POSI 2310 (Government/Political Science Component Code 070)3POSI 2320 (Government/Political Science Component Code 070)3
Modern Language 14104Modern Language 14204
Mathematics Component Code 0203PHIL 1305 or 1320 (Language, Philosophy & Culture Component Code 040)3
 14 16
First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours
COMM 1310 (Component Area Option Code 090/091)3POSI 33163
ENG Literature (Component Area Option Code 090/094)3ENG 3303 or 33043
Elective3Social & Behavioral Sciences Component Code 0803
HIST 1320 (American History Component Code 060)3Life & Physical Sciences Component Code 0303
POSI 33013HIST 2310 or 23113
 15 15
First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours
ART 2313, DAN 2313, MU 2313, or TH 2313 (Creative Arts Component Code 050)3POSI 33283
Life & Physical Sciences Component Code 0303POSI 33773
Advanced PA Electives6SOCI 3324, 3328, 3353, or 33653
POSI 33183HIST 2312 or 23203
 15 15
First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours
Minor6GEO 3310, 3320, or 33403
Advanced PA Electives6Minor6
POSI 43223POSI 4381 or 43973
 Advanced PA Elective3
 15 15
Total Hours: 120