Public Administration (PA)

Subject Number Title Hours Catalog Description General Education Category
PA 230 Nonprofit Organizations in U.S. Society 3 hours. Provides a basic introduction to the U.S. nonprofit sector and examines the social, political, and economic impact of these organizations in American society. US Society course.
PA 310 Environmental Policy 3 hours. Provides an introduction to political, economic and social dimensions of environmental policy and teaches methods needed to understand, evaluate, design and implement environment policies, especially in the United States.
PA 400 Public Administration Theory 3 OR 4 hours. Theoretical developments; including bureaucracy, administrative state, politics and administration, market and bureaucratic alternatives, organizational decision making, organizational culture, ethics in public sector organizations. 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. Prerequisite(s): Admission to the MPA program or consent of the instructor.
PA 407 Data Analysis for Public Administration 4 hours. Topics and methods of analyzing information relevant to the administration and management of public programs and organizations. Includes causation, univariate statistics, significance testing, correlation, and regression. Prerequisite(s): Appropriate score on the department placement test; and graduate standing; or consent of the instructor. Admission to the MPA program or consent of the instructor. 
PA 410 Economics for Public Administration and Policy Decisions 3 OR 4 hours. Basic economic tools and methods relevant to public administration and current policy, including opportunity cost, competition versus monopoly, economic efficiency, equity, market failure, public goods, and externalities.  3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. Prerequisite(s):  Appropriate score on the department placement test and graduate standing and admission to the MPA program; or consent of the instructor.
PA 421 Public Management 3 OR 4 hours. Theories, concepts, and applications of management in public organizations. Topics include bureaucracy, public versus private organizations, leadership, motivation, and managing organization change, discretion, and networks. Previously listed as PA 415. 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. Prerequisite(s): Admission to the MPA program or consent of the instructor.
PA 460 Data Management 4 hours. Database theory and constructing and managing databases relevant to the operation of government. Utilizes database software and allows students to gain practice with complex database programs and development of a database system. Prerequisite(s): Admission to the MPA program or consent of the instructor. 
PA 461 Management of Information Technology in Government 4 hours. Concepts and methods of planning, implementing, and managing new information technology or modifying existing technology. Prerequisite(s): Admission to the MPA program or consent of the instructor. 
PA 462 Project Management for Public Managers 4 hours. Discusses the theory, principles, tools, and techniques behind solid project management. The Project Management Institute's (PMI) standards for project management will be emphasized throughout the course.
PA 463 Introduction to e-Government 4 hours. Application of the Internet and related technologies for public management. Topics include, Web-based service delivery, online governance, the technological divide, the use of social media, and the changing role of public managers. Prerequisite(s): Admission to the MPA program or consent of the instructor.
PA 464 Technology and Innovation Theory 4 hours. The course focuses on theories surrounding the creation, development, transfer, and use of technology. Prerequisite(s): Admission to the PhD in Public Administration program or consent of the instructor. 
PA 465 Geographic Information Systems for Public Managers 4 hours. Individuals completing this course will have an understanding of some fundamental GIS tools and applications as well as the challenges in implementing and sustaining a GIS function in the public setting. 
PA 466 Science, Technology, and Public Policy 4 hours. This course addresses the relationships between public policy and science and technology in the United States. Prerequisite(s): Admission to the PhD in Public Administration program or consent of the instructor. 
PA 494 Special Topics in Public Administration 3 OR 4 hours. Consideration of timely or enduring issues in public administration not available in regularly offered courses. 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. May be repeated to a maximum of 12 hours. Students may register in more than one section per term. Prerequisite(s): Admission to the MPA program or consent of the instructor.