Girl with backpack and library in background.Bachelor of Arts in Public Affairs

Option: Political Science
Option: Public Administration
  Focus: Accounting and Budgeting
  Focus: General Management
  Focus: Human Resources Management
  Focus: Media Communications
  Focus: Research and Analysis

The Bachelor of Arts in Public Affairs is an interdisciplinary, professional degree for individuals who desire to work in, lead, and manage public organizations.

Specifically, the program endeavors to provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary to plan and implement programs that address the vexing problems confronting American communities; to think critically, ethically, and practically about the purposes of public policy and how those policies can be improved; and to develop the understandings needed to work collaboratively with multiple sectors and diverse interests. Graduates of the public affairs program will be well prepared to begin careers in public and nonprofit organizations at all levels of society.

Public administrators implement and oversee policies at all levels of city, county, state and national governments. They are committed to creating innovative programs, delivering efficient and equitable services, and improving the lives of the people in their communities.

Public administration is the work of developing and managing programs in government and nonprofit organizations and combines the skills of management with the ideals of American democracy.