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

Minimum required: 120 semester credit hours

General Requirements

  1. The Bachelor of Public Administration (B.P.A.) degree with a major in Public Administration requires 36 semester hours in political science coursework.
    Required coursework (21 hours)
    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 (15 hours, choose five of the following)
    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
  2. 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

     3.  Enrollment in the internship requires completion of 24 hours of Political Science and the following minimum GPA’s: a Texas State GPA of 2.25 and a major GPA of 2.25.

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

     5.  Majors must satisfy general education core curriculum, additional B.P.A. requirements, and a minor from the approved list of minors.

Course Requirements 

First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours
ENG 13103ENG 13203
US 11001HIST 13103
POSI 23103POSI 23203
MATH 1315 (or higher, excluding MATH 1316)3Modern Language 14204
Modern Language 14104PHIL 1305 or 13203
 14 16
First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours
COMM 13103POSI 33163
Select one of the following English Literature courses:3ENG 3303 or 33043
 Social and Behavioral Sciences3
 Life and Physical Sciences3
 HIST 2310 or 23113
HIST 13203 
POSI 33013 
 15 15
First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours
Select one of the following:3POSI 33283
 POSI 33773
 Select one of the following:3
Life and Physical Sciences3 
Advanced PA Electives6 
POSI 33183HIST 2312 or 23203
 15 15
First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours
Minor6Select one of the following:3
Advanced PA Electives6 
POSI 43223 
 POSI 4381 or 43973
 Advanced PA Elective3
 15 15
Total Hours: 120